Washington (CNN) – Add Herman Cain to the list of probable GOP presidential candidates who will head to New Orleans in June to speak at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference.
The group announced Tuesday that Cain will join Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at the event, which is scheduled to be held in New Orleans June 16-18.
Cain, a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a conservative radio talk show host, formed a presidential exploratory committee at the beginning of the year and is expected to soon formally announce his candidacy for the White House.
"I look forward to returning to New Orleans to address the Republican Leadership Conference," said Cain, in a email release. "Last year, I explained how important it was for Republicans to win back the House during the midterm elections in 2010. And we did. Now, we set our eyes on the U.S. Senate and the White House. Our momentum continues to grow to get this country back on track, and RLC is a critical component in doing so."
The RLC is the same group that put on the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which was also held in New Orleans.
Also scheduled to attend this year's event is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and is considering another bid for the White House. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who are both extremely influential among conservative activists, are also scheduled to attend the gathering.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report