Cruz, Ryan to speak at CPAC gathering
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Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: CBO's healthcare estimate is 'bogus' Kushner speech to congressional interns delayed Overnight Energy: Exxon sues feds over M sanctions fine MORE (R-Wis.) will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the conservative movement's major annual gathering, in March. 

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Cruz and Ryan are two stars within the movement and potential presidential candidate in 2016. They'll join Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), two other potential White House contenders who had already been announced as speakers. All four spoke at last year's CPAC.

"There will be more than 200 thought leaders and personalities from government, politics, and entertainment in what will be our best CPAC ever," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said to Breitbart, which first reported the news.

"This will be the year that conservatives begin pulling the nation back from the brink of Barack Obama's disaster with a movement that inspires, unites, and discovers new solutions to our current challenges," said Cardenas

Breitbart reports that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has also been invited and is close to confirming her appearance.