Leah Barkoukis

Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, the American Conservative Union announced today. Townhall is partnering with the ACU to host CPAC 2013, which is being held March 14-16 in the Washington, DC area at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

“The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to hearing Governor Romney’s comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement.”
 
“I look forward to saying thank you to the many friends and supporters who were instrumental in helping my campaign,” said former Governor Mitt Romney.

NRO’s Robert Costa first reported this information earlier today.

After he lost the presidential election, Romney decamped to his beachfront home in La Jolla, Calif. But friends say he has become somewhat restless, and he’s eager to contribute to the national debate. Sources say he’ll likely focus on economic and fiscal issues, and that his message will be optimistic. […]

Romney last spoke to a CPAC audience in October, when he made a surprise visit to CPAC Colorado, one of the American Conservative Union’s regional conferences. He has also been a headlining speaker at previous national CPAC gatherings, and he has won the event’s presidential straw poll on four occasions.

CPAC 2008 was also the venue where the former governor announced his decision to withdraw from the GOP primary race.

A number of other GOP favorites will be speaking at the 40th annual conference, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Rep. Allen West.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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