Rick Perry to keynote national Tea Party gathering

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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 Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).