2016 Watch: Bush to speak at major conservative conference
February 5th, 2013
10:13 AM ET
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2016 Watch: Bush to speak at major conservative conference

Washington (CNN) - Add another big name to the growing list of possible 2016 GOP White House hopefuls who will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House.

The American Conservative Union, which runs the annual gathering, said Tuesday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will address the conference, which this year will be held March 14-16.

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"We are pleased to announce that my friend Governor Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013," said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas, in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming Governor Jeb Bush to the CPAC stage for the first time in March."

Bush, the younger brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush, served two terms as governor of Florida, winning election in 1998 and re-election in 2002.

Five other Republicans also contemplating runs for the White House will also be speaking at CPAC: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate battled Romney deep into the primary calendar, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

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.

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.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. chupacabra

    even though I entend to vote a strait republican ticket next time I will make an exception if there is a Bush on it. The GOP needs to distance themselves from Bush/Cheney to an extreme like they never existed.

    February 5, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Facts don't Lie

    wow with folks like Allen West invited to speak amongst others they have finally invited a voice of reason so to speak. Maybe it won't be just an "Obamabashfest" after all, although I think many there will try to make it be.

    February 5, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness. There sure are a lot of Conservative Conference Indoctrination Conferences being held. So, do tell, GOPers. How has that propaganda thingy been working out for the Grand Old Party lately? Because I have to admit that for me and mine, we're just not feeling the love ... and haven't for a long, long time now.

    A "popular cattle call" indeed.

    February 5, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Anonymous

    The use of the name "Bush" and "conservative" is certainly an oxymoron in it's truest sense. Sounds like the
    Washington RINO's have taken over all over the place in today's politics. While Jeb may be 2 degrees further
    right than the two former president's, it's still Democrat lite to this voter.

    February 5, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Momto3

    Another Bush for President? The GOP is so out of touch it is amazing! I hope he runs, he will lose by a landslide and we don't need these out of touch Republicans in power again until they make some big changes in their party.

    February 5, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Thomas

    Jeb Bush / Louie Gohmert 2016

    Working to make America proud again ?

    February 5, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Mr. Moderate

    Sorry Jeb, even if your brother had not destroyed the family name with his administration, the LAST thing this country needs is the possibility of a single family occupying one of the top two positions in the country for 28 years out of a 44 year period (1980-2024). We are not a monarchy, George Washington refused to lead this country down that path.

    Your time has passed.

    February 5, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. jpmichigan

    2016 it will/should be Hillary VS Jed!

    February 5, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |