Trump to Address CPAC Next Week

Trump will speak at CPAC again this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Trump will speak at CPAC again this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted March 5, 2013 at 4:46pm

Donald Trump will speak next week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering for conservative activists in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the American Conservative Union announced that Trump will return to the conference after the businessman made a surprise appearance two years ago, when he was floating the possibility of running for president.

“Donald Trump is an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement.

The news comes as CPAC has been criticized by some Republicans for snubbing potential future presidential candidates, specifically New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who were both elected in 2009. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that McDonnell, who recently signed a bipartisan transportation bill that raises taxes, was not invited.

Potential GOP presidential contenders who will be speaking include Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Other confirmed speakers involved in presidential politics include Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

CPAC will be held March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland.