March 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced a featured panel entitled “Budgets & Readiness: Can We Cut Defense Spending & Still Protect America?” at CPAC 2013, the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013. The defense panel will take place on Friday, March 15th at 12:15 pm.
“It is vital that we as conservatives not only promote strong national security but also in a way that’s fiscally responsible,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “This no-doubt lively panel at CPAC will explore the current state of the U.S. military defense and how to protecting America on a fiscally conservative budget.”
Featured speakers who will discuss the implications of budgets and readiness in the military include:
Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Van Hipp, Jr., Chairman, American Defense International and ACU Board Member
The Honorable James Inhofe, U.S. Senator (R-OK)
Christopher Preble, Vice President, Defense & Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Moderator: The Honorable Donald Devine, Vice Chairman, American Conservative Union/Editor, Conservative Battleline
CPAC will be held March 14-16, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values. For additional information, visit our website at conservative.org/cpac/, on Facebook at facebook.com/CPACNews, or on Twitter at @CPACnews and #CPAC2013. Media pre-registration (including bloggers) is now closed. Onsite registration will begin on Wednesday at 4pm, subject to availability. Those already approved for credentials may pick them up throughout the conference, starting at 4pm on Wednesday.
Please note that the schedule is updated daily and available on our new CPAC 2013 website under “Program.”
Previously announced confirmed featured speakers include: U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte; U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann; U.S. Senator John Barrasso; former U.S. Representative Ann Marie Beurkle; U.S. Representative Diane Black; U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn; U.S. Representative Michael Burgess; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; Producer, Writer and Consultant Pat Caddell; U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Dr. Benjamin Carson; U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz; U.S. Representative Tom Cotton; U.S. Senator Tom Coburn; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz; Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli; former U.S. Representative Artur Davis; U.S. Representative Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos-Duffy; Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint; Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin Feulner; ACU Board Member Carly Fiorina; Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton; U.S. Representative Cory Gardner; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich; U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; U.S. Senator Ron Johnson; Producer Mark Joseph; NRA President and ACU Board Member David Keene; U.S. Representative Steve King; Screenwriter Howie Klausner; U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador; NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre; U.S. Senator Mike Lee; Mayor of Saratoga Springs; UT Mia Love; former U.S. Representative Connie Mack; U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers; U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; Producer Gerald Molen; U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito; U.S. Representative Devin Nunes; U.S. Representative Tom Price; Radio Host and Breitbart TV Editor in Chief Larry O’Connor; former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin; U.S. Senator Rand Paul; U.S. Representative Steve Pearce; Texas Governor Rick Perry; U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio; U.S. Representative Paul Ryan; U.S. Representative Matt Salmon; former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum; U.S. Representative Steve Scalise; Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly; U.S. Senator Tim Scott; U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner; U.S. Representative Lamar Smith; Director and Writer John Sullivan; U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; Donald Trump; U.S. Representative Ann Wagner; former U.S. Representative Allen West; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For almost fifty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. ACU defines conservatism, grows conservatism, and wins for conservatism.
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“We are honored to announce that conservative talk radio powerhouse Mark Levin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and ACU Foundation Chairman Carly Fiorina will deliver remarks at CPAC 2015,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “These three conservative leaders reflect our desire to ensure that CPAC 2015 represents conservative policies that highlight the importance of free markets, national security, and traditional cultural standards.”
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