Former Gov. Palin to address CPAC 2013

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will speak at next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. “Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2012 and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year.”

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The annual conference is a high-profile gathering of conservatives organized by the ACU.

Among the other speakers who will be participating in this year’s event are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Sens. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are also listed as speakers.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will be a first-time speaker, raising speculation about his future presidential aspirations.

Palin, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) running mate on the 2008 presidential ticket, recently ended her role as a Fox News commentator, but she has vowed to remain active in conservative politics.

In an interview with Breitbart.com last month, Palin said her door was “wide open” and that she hoped to “share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation.”

Palin said she was looking forward to helping back conservative candidates in the 2014 election.

“It’s going to be like 2010, but this time around we need to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in D.C.,” Palin said.

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