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Rubio confirmed for CPAC 2013



Sen. Marco Rubio is returning to the stage that helped put him in the national spotlight. The Florida Republican will speak at CPAC 2013 in March, the American Conservative Union will formally announce this morning. 

“My friend Marco Rubio has quickly become one of our nation’s most prominent conservative leaders,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “Senator Rubio’s participation will serve as motivation to CPAC attendees and conservatives across the country to take action and bring our country back on track.”

The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, to be held March 14-16, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, will provide 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," an announcement read.

Rubio first appeared at CPAC in 2010, when he was overtaking Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race. (video below) Now he's considered a 2016 presidential prospect. So is Rep. Paul Ryan, who is confirmed for CPAC 2013. 

[Last modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:11am]


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