Chairman: Rubio will attend CPAC
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American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a tweet Wednesday that Rubio will speak at the grassroots conservative symposium, after the Florida senator initially said he would skip the event.

In a radio appearance on Breitbart News Daily earlier Wednesday, Schlapp encouraged Rubio to attend the conference, saying the path to the GOP presidential nomination runs through CPAC.

“For 43 years, those who want to lead the charge for conservatism — especially those who want to be our nominee — have come to CPAC,” he said, adding that he had been trying for seven months “to get Marco’s team to realize and to try to educate them as to why coming to CPAC is important.”

“And even though it’s been a seven-month-long process I’d like to forget, if they called me this morning and said, ‘Hey, guess what? We’re going to make time for the activists,’ I’ll make time for them in the schedule because I think it’s better for our movement to hear from everybody,” he added.

Rubio has attended the past seven CPAC events. He is scheduled to speak on March 5 at 11:35 a.m. from National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C.

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