February 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced David Keene and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association as featured speakers 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.
“At a time when President Obama has caused all Americans to reexamine what were once-assumed to be fundamental Constitutional rights, I am honored to welcome my friends David Keene and Wayne LaPierre back to the CPAC stage in March,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “Both David and Wayne have spent a lifetime defending America’s freedoms, ensuring that future generations enjoy the same protections and rights we do today.”
David Keene is the President of the National Rifle Association and served as Chairman of the American Conservative Union from 1984-2011. He worked in the White House during the Nixon Administration as a political assistant to Vice President Agnew and on Capitol Hill as Executive Assistant to Senator James L. Buckley. He was Southern Regional Coordinator for Ronald Reagan in the 1976 campaign, National Political Director for George Bush in 1980 and a senior political consultant to 1996 Republican presidential nominee Robert Dole.
Wayne LaPierre is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association, a position he has held since 1991. Under his leadership, the NRA has grown to over 4 million members and was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful and influential organizations in America.
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/cpac2013, on Facebook at facebook.com/CPACNews, or on Twitter at @cpacnews and #CPAC2013. Media registration (including bloggers) is now open. For those who plan to cover the event, please visit cpac2013media.eventbrite.com. The CPAC 2013 schedule and list of confirmed speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Previously announced confirmed featured speakers include: U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, former U.S. Representative Artur Davis, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator Mike Lee, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator Tim Scott, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, former U.S. Representative Allen West, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and U.S. Senator Tim Scott.
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.
ACU Chairman, Matt Schlapp, appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with host Chris Matthews.
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