Palin to speak at CPAC
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Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will head back to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the end of this month, speaking again a year after giving the event’s keynote address.

“Gov. Sarah Palin possesses a unique ability to speak directly to the American people,” American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement Wednesday announcing her appearance.

“She has been enthusiastically received by the conservative grassroots activists and students who attend CPAC, the American Conservative Union’s annual event, and I know her involvement this year will be even more exciting than her past appearances.”

Palin will join a who’s who cast of conservatives, including a slew of presidential hopefuls. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina,  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria MORE (R-Ky.), will all speak.

The conference at Maryland’s National Harbor comes just as the crowded field of potential 2016 candidates sort out their intentions and gauge their support among Republican primary voters. The Iowa caucuses are now less than a year away.

Victory — or even an unexpectedly strong showing — in the CPAC straw poll is the big prize for possible presidential contenders. Paul ran away with the poll in 2014 and edged out Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWashington fears new threat from 'deepfake' videos Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal MORE (R-Fla.) in 2013. 

Mitt Romney won the poll in February 2012, while in the midst of a heated primary election that he eventually won. 

Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), won the contest one year before the 2012 election. 

The final schedule for CPAC has not been released but the event takes place Feb. 25-28.