Coburn, Santorum, Perry and Blunt among the headliners for CPAC conference here
Four U.S. senators, two governors and at least one potential 2016 presidential hopeful are headlining the packed list of speakers for the regional conference of the American Conservative Union (CPAC), to be held Sept. 28 at the St. Charles Convention Center.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is the newest confirmed attendee for the conference, which is drawing dozens of prominent conservative activists, authors and commentators.
Also scheduled: Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and an unsuccessful 2012 candidate for president who won Missouri’s presidential primary. Santorum -- a favorite of social conservatives -- is widely believed to be considering another White House bid in 2016.
Other Republican senators scheduled to appear include Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Mike Lee of Utah and Roy Blunt. Also on the list: Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rick Perry of Texas – the latter making his second trip to the St. Louis area in about a month. Perry also made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2012.
At least three other Missouri members of Congress are to speak, including Reps. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; and Jason Smith, R-Salem. They’ll join U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
The local cohosts include radio station 97.1 FM Talk, and the Show-Me Institute, a free-market think tank.
The institute also is holding a cocktail reception next Friday night for Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a rising star in political circles – and a key figure in the current budget/debt ceiling/Obamacare fight in Washington.
The one-day event is scheduled to feature appearances from such conservative notables as:
- Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform;
- David Keene, immediate past president of the National Rifle Association;
- Retired Marine Lt. Col.Oliver North, founder of the Freedom Alliance;
- Libertarian Party chairman Geoffrey Neale.
According to CPAC’s latest release, the panel discussions are to include: “The Real War Between the States: How Americans Are Changing Zip Codes for Good Tax Code,” “Can Social Conservatives and Libertarians Ever Get Along?,” “Impotence Abroad, Omnipotence At Home: Obama Scandals on Parade,” and “Is There a Conservative Position on Immigration Reform?”