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The weekend-long event, scheduled for Labor Day in Orlando, Fla., is hosted by the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

"I'm proud to announce that Governor Rick Perry will be joining this year's Defending the American Dream Summit," said AFP President Tim Phillips. "Governor Perry's resume speaks for itself; no conference promoting the advancement of economic freedom would be complete without him."

Perry has pointedly refused to rule out a 2016 bid despite his rough showing in 2012.

Other potential presidential candidates speaking at the event include Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Texas).