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02/22/2013 02:07 pm ET

Bobby Jindal Headed To CPAC 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will deliver a speech at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in March, adding his name to a packed list of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders.

“Governor Bobby Jindal represents a new generation of governors leading the conservative movement,” said American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to welcoming Governor Jindal back to the CPAC stage and hearing about the many conservative solutions he introduced in Louisiana.”

Jindal skipped CPAC in 2011, but delivered a speech at the 2012 event for the first time.

The ACU has rounded up a stable of the GOP's up-and-coming figures, who will address the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists between March 14-16 in the Washington, D.C. area.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who will deliver the event's keynote address, have all confirmed invitations to speak. Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) are also set to make their respective returns to the GOP spotlight. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), commonly thought of as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, was reportedly not invited by the ACU.

The event will conclude with its famed straw poll, which typically serves as an early indicator of support for potential presidential campaigns.

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