ACU ANNOUNCES FORMER NRA PRESIDENT AND ACU CHAIRMAN DAVID KEENE TO ADDRESS CPAC ST. LOUIS

Published: September 12, 2013

Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced former President of the National Rifle Association David Keene as a featured speaker at the 2013 regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

“David Keene is a friend who has dedicated his career to defending Constitutional rights and upholding conservative values and I am delighted to welcome him back to the CPAC stage,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “As a stalwart promoter of America’s freedoms and a leader of the conservative movement, David will again be a crowd favorite in St. Louis.”

David Keene was recently appointed as the new opinion editor of The Washington Times, is the past 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.

CPAC St. Louis will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the St. Charles Convention Center. It will provide a day of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities—all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional values. At regional CPACs, ACU highlights conservative leaders from the area and energizes and trains grassroots activists. For additional information, visit our website at conservative.org/cpac/stlouis, on Facebook at facebook.com/CPACNews, or on Twitter at @cpacnews and #CPACSTL. Media registration (including bloggers) is now open. For those who plan to cover the event, please request credentials at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7805886617.

Confirmed speakers include: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), former NRA President and ACU Chairman David Keene, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), radio host Dana Loesch, U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, Americans for Tax Reform President and Founder Greover Norquist, Texas Governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA),  U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R-MO), and U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO). Invited speakers include: Host of Univision’s “Zona Politica,” Helen Aguirre-Ferre and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). For a complete list, visit: conservative.org/cpac/stlouis.

ACU has proudly hosted CPAC – the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives – every year since 1973 in Washington, D.C. And now with an additional regional edition each year, CPAC educates and energizes thousands of attendees, featuring all of the leading conservative organizations and speakers who drive conservative thought in the nation.

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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