Fifteen potential 2012 presidential contenders to speak at CPAC

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which starts Thursday at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. and runs through Saturday, will be a speaking platform for at least 14 potential 2012 presidential candidates.

On Thursday, the following possible 2012 contenders will speak:

– Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 9:15 a.m.

– Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 2:00 p.m.

– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 12:30 p.m.

– Real estate mogul Donald Trump at 3:00 p.m.

– Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan at 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, the following possible 2012 contenders will speak:

– Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson at 9:30 a.m.

– Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 10:30 a.m.

– Sen. John Thune of South Dakota at 1:30 p.m.

– Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 3:00 p.m.

– Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 3:30 p.m.

– Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 4:00 p.m.

– Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain at 4:30 p.m.

– Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels at 7:30 p.m. during the Ronald Reagan Banquet.

On Saturday, the following possible 2012 contenders will speak:

– Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour 9:30 a.m.

– Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton at 1:00 p.m.

Besides potential presidential contenders, other well-known conservatives are scheduled to address the crowed at CPAC, including media guru Andrew Breitbart (9:00 a.m. on Saturday), conservative columnist Ann Coulter (3:45 p.m. on Saturday), Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul (3:45 p.m. on Thursday) and Florida Rep. Allen West, who will close out CPAC on Saturday by giving the final keynote address at 5:30 p.m., among many others.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is also scheduled to receive the “Defender of the Constitution Award” on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

To see the complete CPAC schedule, click here.

The article has been updated to reflect Donald Trump’s appearance.