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CPAC has long been a stopping point for GOP presidential aspirants. Rubio, who has spoken at previous CPACs in previous years, is seen as a likely contender for the nomination.

"My friend Marco RubioMarco RubioBrown-Mandel Ohio Senate race will be brutal referendum on Trumpism Ohio Republican announces 2018 challenge to Sherrod Brown Haley to meet with senators during Washington trip MORE has quickly become one of our nation's most prominent conservative leaders," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said in the release announcing the news. "Sen. Rubio's participation will serve as motivation to CPAC attendees and conservatives across the country to take action and bring our country back on track."

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanDemocrats vow to fight 'tooth and nail' against Medicare cuts Paul Ryan: Not worried about Trump's conflicts of interest Taiwan lobby scores victory with Trump call MORE (R-Wis.) is already scheduled to speak at the event, as is former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

The three-day event, in its 40th year, will be held in mid-March.