Potential 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson to speak at CPAC

After initially being denied his request to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be speaking at the event later this week.

Johnson is now scheduled to appear on Washington, D.C. conference this Friday at 9:30 a.m. Johnson had previously been told there was no room for him to be added to the speaking schedule.

The announcement comes just a day after Politico reported Johnson had been “shut out” of CPAC, presumably because of his liberal stances on gay rights and marijuana legalization.

“Gary Johnson certainly meets all the criteria of a true fiscal conservative,”  said Ron Nielson, a longtime consultant for Johnson. “As Governor of New Mexico, he eliminated the State’s budget deficit and cut the rate of growth in state government in half. Additionally, for the past several months, he has continued to emphasize the danger of our federal debt, and how it poses the greatest single threat to our national security.”

Johnson will also be the keynote speaker for the Republican Liberty Caucus on Saturday, February 12.