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CPAC 2013 releases invited speaker list

Kelly Ayotte, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, former Rep. Allen West, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — among others — have been invited to address the 40th annual conference.

The Conservative Political Action Conference has announced their invited speaker list for their 40th annual conference to be held in Washington March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Former U.S. Representative Artur Davis

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz)

Former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Saratoga Springs, UT, Mayor Mia Love

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Former U.S. Representative Allen West of Florida

‚??As we extend our second round of invitations to these conservative leaders, it is easy to see why CPAC 2013 is shaping up to be one the best conferences yet,‚?Ě said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. ‚??We encourage conservatives across America to register today and join these leaders and thousands of others at CPAC 2013.‚?Ě

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