Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity has invited a slate of potential Republican presidential candidates – including Sarah Palin and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for an April summit on the topics of jobs and spending.
The forum is part of a larger evening sponsored by the conservative group to honor Ovide LaMontagne as their "Conservative of the Year."
LaMontagne, a Manchester attorney and veteran of Granite State Republican politics, narrowly lost his bid to capture the GOP Senate nomination to Kelly Ayotte last year.
LaMontagne will be feted at an April 29 dinner put on by AFP's New Hampshire chapter, after which the presidential candidates will participate in a discussion about "Spending and Job Creation."
Of the 2012 candidates invited to the event, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and talk show host Herman Cain have agreed to attend.
Also invited: Palin, DeMint, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
"We look forward to a lively debate on the issues," said Corey Lewandowski, AFP's New Hampshire state director. "Once again, the people of New Hampshire will play a critical role in determining the priorities of the next presidential campaign."
Lewandowski said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who polls well nationally among Republicans and is thought to finally be serious about a presidential bid after flirting with the prospect in the past, has not yet been invited.