Washington (CNN) - A second possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House.
CNN has confirmed that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will address CPAC, which this year will be held March 14-16. Last week the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual conference, announced that Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman and last year's Republican vice presidential nominee, will be a featured speaker at the gathering.
CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, and it's boosted the presidential campaigns, or ambitions, of many Republican candidates. The annual CPAC GOP presidential nomination straw poll is considered a key gauge of conservative sentiment, and garners much media attention.
Paul, who was elected in 2010 with strong support from the tea party movement, is the son of former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who was the 1988 libertarian candidate for president, and who made bids in 2008 and 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination under the mantle of libertarian conservatism.
Last year, soon after the presidential election, the younger Paul said he was interested in running for the White House in 2016.
"I am different than some in that I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," Paul told ABC News.
CPAC, which turns 40 this year, will be held for the first time at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, in Prince George's County, Maryland. For years the conference was held at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in the nation's capital.
Rand Paul's address at CPAC was first reported by Politico.