March 10, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced even more conservative leaders who will be featured speakers and emcees and serve in other important roles onstage 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.
“As part of our theme this year, we are highlighting a number of young conservative activists and leaders at CPAC,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “For 40 years CPAC has played a vital role in energizing and educating young leaders and this year in particular we are ensuring they have an opportunity to address our attendees in different capacities.”
Featured activists who will speak at CPAC over the course of the weekend include:
Karl Beckstein, Northeast Regional Vice Chair of College Republican National Committee
Guy Benson, Political Editor, Townhall
Bethany Bowra, Founder, Next Generation of Voters
Charles Blain, who will recite the Pledge of Allegiance
Michael Coger, former Chairman, College Republican Federation of Virginia
Patrick Coyle, Jr., Vice President, Young America’s Foundation
Steven Crowder, Actor, Comedian
The Honorable Jose Felix Diaz, Florida State Representative
The Honorable Elise Hall, Oklahoma State Representative
Jordan Hostetter, who will sing the National Anthem
Amanda House, Network Red, Editor of Events
Sonnie Johnson, Founder, “Did She Say That”/Breitbart News Network
Alex Levin, Treasurer, College Republican National Committee
Dana Loesch, Host, “The Dana Show”
Amy Lutz, Executive Director, Missouri College Republicans
Ryan Lyk, State Chairman, Minnesota Federation of College Republicans
Courtney Mattison, Former Communications Director, Rutland County Republican Party
Alexander McCobin, President, Students for Liberty
Brittney Morrett, Youth Outreach Coordinator, The LIBRE Initiative
Vinciane Ngomsi, Conservative Activist
Katie Pavlich, News Editor, Townhall
Ryan Reynolds, featured emcee
Lisa Stickan, Chairman, Young Republican National Federation
Katie Thompson, Chairman,South Carolina College Republicans
Shoshana Weissman, Founder of Network Red, Deputy Political Director of The Casale Group
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 registration (including bloggers) is now open. For those who plan to cover the event, please request credentials at http://cpac2013media.eventbrite.com.
Please note that the schedule has been announced, 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; 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 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; former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum; U.S. Representative Steve Scalise; Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly; U.S. Senator Tim Scott; 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.
ACU Chairman, Matt Schlapp, appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with host Chris Matthews.
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