WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will make his first public speech since the 2012 election at a noteworthy gathering of conservatives next month.
Romney plans to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on March 15, offering his first extended remarks about national affairs and the conservative movement since losing the November election to President Barack Obama.
The former Massachusetts governor has maintained a low profile since the election, spending time at his Southern California home and rarely venturing into Washington fights over taxes, spending and Cabinet nominees. He met with supporters in Washington after the election and joined Obama for lunch at the White House but has yet to offer a public critique of Obama’s second term or advice on a way forward for Republicans.
Romney’s speech will come as many Republicans offer prescriptions for the party’s disappointing 2012 election and look to a new generation of leaders to compete with Democrats. A Romney adviser said the CPAC speech would give Romney an opportunity to express his appreciation to friends and supporters of his campaign.
Romney has a long history at the conference, which draws some of the leading voices in the Republican party every year. He has won several CPAC straw polls and announced he was ending his 2008 presidential campaign at the conference.
Al Cardenas, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, said they were looking forward to hearing Romney’s views on the current state of affairs in the nation and around the world and “the future of the conservative movement.”
Other speakers at the March 14-16 conference include: Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Romney’s speech was first reported by the National Review.
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1. 1. Our enemies never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. Yep, George W. AP
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2. 2. Romney on immigration: The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home. (AP)
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3. 3. Representative Todd Akin: Legitimate rapes rarely result in pregnancy. Huh? (Photo: AP)
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4. 4. Bachmann: I don't know where they're going to get all this money because we're running out of rich people in this country.
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5. 5. Rick Santorum on education: President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob! WHAT??? (AP)
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6. 6. George Dubya: "Do you have blacks, too?" he asked Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso in November of 2001. (AP)
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7. 7. Newt Gingrich in reference to the Occupy Wall Street protesters: 'Go get a job after you take a bath' (AP)
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8. 8. "If a US President ever lied to the American people he should resign." - Bill Clinton running for US Representative in 1974.
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9. 9. Arnold Schwarzenegger: I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman. (AP)
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10. 10. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." George Bush in 2001 in Tennessee. (AP)
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11. 11. Michelle Bachmann: Lady Liberty and Sarah Palin are lit by the same torch. (AP)
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12. 12. "All of 'em, any of'em that have been in front of me over all these years. Palin unable to name a paper or mag she's read.
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13. 13. Dubya: Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country. (AP)
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14. 14. When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale. - Bill Clinton
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15. 15. Mitt & Ann Romney, the family vacation: Our dog loved riding on top of the car in a crate for 12 hours (AP)
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16. 16. You Betcha! Sarah Palin: You can actually see Russia, from land, here in Alaska. (AP)
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