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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 RubioScarborough: Trump has chosen the 'wrong side' THE MEMO: Trump reignites race firestorm RNC spokeswoman: GOP stands behind Trump's message 'of love and inclusiveness' 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 RyanGOP chairman to discuss Charlottesville as domestic terrorism at hearing Trump’s isolation grows GOP lawmaker: Trump 'failing' in Charlottesville response 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.