RICK PERRY: CPAC Speaking Engagement Confirmed
(CNN) — Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the list of potential 2016 presidential hopefuls set to speak at a major gathering for conservatives next month.
Perry, who ran an unsuccessful 2012 bid for the White House, will deliver remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, hosted by the American Conservative Union.
“Governor Rick Perry has been successful in leading Texas with strong fiscally conservative policies,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to welcoming Governor Perry back to the CPAC stage in March.
Perry, the 47th governor of Texas, spoke at the event last year shortly after he dropped his presidential bid in January. In his speech, he compared his candidacy to the “Aggies,” the nickname for graduates at Texas A&M, his alma mater.
“Aggies never lose, we just run out of time,” Perry said. “My presidential campaign just ran out of time.”
Although he was no longer a candidate for the White House, Perry said “a committed 10th Amendment conservative I will be until the last breath I draw in my body.”
Facing re-election in 2014, Perry said he plans to make a decision about whether to seek an unprecedented fourth full term in Austin in June, after the state’s legislative session concludes. He also hasn’t ruled out another presidential run.
Other Republicans who are thought to be considering presidential bids and are on the CPAC speaking list include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was last year’s GOP vice presidential nominee; former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate battled Romney deep into the primary calendar; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, will also speak at the conference.
CPAC, which touts itself as the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, turns 40 this year and will be held March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland near Washington, D.C.