NewsHour’s livestream of CPAC, scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. ET, will bring you highlights from some of the key speakers throughout the day.
Over the next three days, more than 8,000 right-leaning political activists are expected to attend the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and according to sponsor American Conservation Union, they’ll receive the “intellectual and training tools they need to combat the liberal agenda.”
CPAC is the premier event for conservative politicians, writers and thinkers. The conference began Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Gaylord National Convention Center at the National Harbor, just outside of Washington, D.C. The Morning Line previewed the conference on Thursday.
Not surprisingly, the 2012 conference heavily focused on presidential campaign politics, with speakers who were at the time, running to win Republican primaries, including Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich.
The theme of this year’s gathering is “America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives; New Challenges, Timeless Principles.” Our coverage will focus on some of the party’s young leaders.
And watch the NewsHour Friday night. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman will report from CPAC about the state of the Republican Party, and Mark Shields and David Brooks will discuss the annual confab as part of their their weekly analysis.
Among those expected to speak Friday include:
8:45 a.m. — Donald Trump 9 a.m. — Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky 9:15 a.m. — Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah 9:30 a.m. — Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, Wisconsin 10:45 a.m. — NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre 12 p.m. — Former Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania
1 p.m. — 2012 Republican Presidential nominee former Gov. Mitt Romney 2:20 p.m. — Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana
3:35 p.m. — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia
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