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GOP presidential candidates Bush, Rubio connect with Christian conservatives in Tennessee

  • Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)  (The Associated Press)

  • Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shown on a video screen from C-SPAN's Washington studio, speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shown on a video screen from C-SPAN's Washington studio, speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)  (The Associated Press)

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, is interviewed by Dr. Russell Moore at the Send North America Conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, is interviewed by Dr. Russell Moore at the Send North America Conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio hope to connect Tuesday with Christian conservatives, a key group of voters in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.

Bush travels to Nashville for a live interview before thousands of members of the Southern Baptist Convention, which will also show a pre-recorded interview with Rubio.

Organizers said leading GOP and Democratic presidential candidates were invited in May to participate; only Bush and Rubio accepted.

Russell Moore, who leads the group's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will interview both candidates, beginning at 2 p.m.

He said in a statement, "Evangelicals are tired of sloganeering and are looking for concrete strategy."