Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is set to make his Conservative Political Action Conference debut in March, organizers at the The American Conservative Union announced Tuesday.
“We are pleased to announce that my friend Gov. Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas announced in an official statement. “We look forward to welcoming Gov. Jeb Bush to the CPAC stage for the first time in March.”
Bush, former President George W. Bush's younger brother and a speculated 2016 presidential hopeful, joins other potential GOP candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Pennsylvania senator and past presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will also attend and serve as the conference's keynote speaker.
The annual conference will be held in the Washington D.C.-area in mid-March. Traditionally, the conference concludes with a straw poll that serves as an early predictor of support for potential candidates. Other confirmed speakers are set to be announced in the coming weeks.