Four Women Among Confirmed Speakers at CPAC

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 09:40 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Four women and 22 men are among the confirmed speakers for next week's Conservative Political Action Conference, taking the stage at a time when conservatives are putting more effort into attracting women to the movement.

The American Conservative Union, which sponsors the annual event in Washington, has confirmed that former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, and American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina will take the stage, The Huffington Post reports.

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter is on the lineup March 8, the ACU reports. She is scheduled to debate The Daily Caller's Mickey Kaus, who identifies himself as a "neoliberal."

Fiorina, Martin, and Palin will have key speaking spots. Fiorina will present the conference's opening remarks on March 6. Martin will give opening remarks on March 8, and Palin will give the conference's final speech later that day.

The CPAC schedule also includes a panel discussion, "Why Conservatism is Right for Women: How Conservatives Should Talk About Life, Prosperity & National Security," but does not list participants for that panel, The Huffington Post reported.

According to the CPAC website, conference participants are evenly split, with 52 percent men and 48 percent women attending.

ACU communications director Meghan Snyder said more speakers likely will be added.

Other confirmed speakers for CPAC read like a who's who of the conservative movement. On the first day, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas; Tim Scott of South Carolina; Marco Rubio of Florida; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; and Mike Lee of Utah are scheduled to speak.

Joining them on Day 1 will be Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; former Ambassador John Bolton; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; National Rifle Association and CEO Wayne LaPierre; and billionaire developer Donald Trump.

Confirmed speakers on March 7 include Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas; retired Lt. Col. Oliver North; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; author Eric Metaxas; former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; and ACU Chairman Al Cardenas.

Third-day speakers, in addition to Palin and Martin, include Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party and the European Parliament; Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins; Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint; and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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