Ted Cruz to lead conservative line-up at Florida summit

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Americans for Prosperity announced Friday that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the Seventh Annual Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando on Labor Day weekend.

Cruz is joining a lineup that includes conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Fox News host Greg Gutfeld and Dr. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

“Sen. Cruz has been an outspoken critic of wasteful government overspending and a leader for creating smarter, efficient government,” Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips wrote in an email to supporters. “Sen. Cruz will bring down the house with his passion for creating a better America.”

Labeling the event “a major Tea Party gathering,” The Hill speculated that Cruz’s appearance “will further fuel speculation about his potential interest in running for president.”

For the first time, the summit is taking place outside of Washington, D.C., at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, as is the 2013 Right Online Conference, which is happening at the same time.

Right Online, a project of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, has built a reputation as the premier conference for liberty-minded bloggers, social media gurus and online activists to network and learn new tactics.

It was launched in 2008 to counter the left-wing Netroots Nation Convention, an annual meeting of what the media has called the most concentrated gathering of high-profile progressive bloggers to date.

The Hill noted an interesting point: Rubio had been previously announced as a speaker at the Defending the American Dream Summit, but was not mentioned in the group’s release announcing Cruz’s participation, though Malkin and the others were.

Having stood behind the immigration reform bill recently passed in the Senate, Rubio is under considerable fire from many in the tea party. How conservative activists receive him Labor Day weekend will be followed closely by the media.

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  • Barry G

    Me thinks that Marco Rubio may want to call in sick that day, TRAITOR!

  • Sophocles

    Rubio is doing the right thing for America and the GOP by embracing comprehensive immigration reform. The CBO numbers show its an economic benefit & by getting 11 million people out of the shadows it will make America safer. Rubio is a patriot!

  • Marilyn

    Marco is going to have a much tougher time getting reelecting in 2016 than in 2010. "Immigration reform" equals defeat for Republicans.

  • Linda

    Ted Cruz!! I hope Rand Paul comes too!

  • Scott

    I hope you are kidding. Doing the right thing for the GOP. Yah, ok. The only true thing about this immigration bill that can be said is that it will guarantee another registered 10 million voters that will be pushing for another round of amnesty in 12-16 years after these illegals gain citizenship.

    You could put an additional million border agents along the south and we still would have a problem because we are not willing to have a hard stance on illegal immigration. Why is it only a misdemeanor, when it should be a felony to be here illegal?

  • Nancy Plum

    We don't need an immigration bill that is 1200 pages long, full of "pork" projects having nothing to do with immigration, and sections of the bill that impose heavy fines on employers who do NOT hire the illegals-made-legal, and with provisions for Big Sis to decide NOT to spend the time/money/effort on border control devices authorized by the bill. That's right, she can decide that the border is "secure" and not spend a dime putting border control into effect. The whole thing will destroy the middle class, displacing citizen-workers with these new workers. There just aren't enough middle-class jobs left, but the newly-authorized-formerly-illegals will be going for those jobs, will work for less, thus undercutting our middle class. Marco is on the wrong side of this argument. I supported him in our primary and voted in the general election for him. I went to see him in person twice. Never again.

  • Doug Hanks

    You mean Ted, that educated at hated Princeton and Harvard Cruz? Or did he go to college at Austin?

  • Kenneth Clark

    "Numbers show, numbers show". Have you not realized that these polls and "official number crunchers" are skewing fact in favor of what they want. My goodness. Tell you what, go to Walmart and ask every adult that walks through the door what they think about this subject for one hour on Friday evening. Take a variable of 2%, do the simple math and you will have a better indicator of what the American people think of this than any "Official Poll" will ever give out.

    People rely on what these poloticians say when citing poll numbers. They are a farse designed to sway opinion.

  • http://yahoo A.koper

    All we need is one good man who realizes Mexico is dumping on the U.S.Forget about your fences and money guarding every inch of our border.Tell the president of Mexico to stop his own citizens from crossing,illegally,into America,using his forces and money,not ours.

    Would that you say,to that brand of political correctness !!!!!!!!!!!! When people invade by crossing borders,they are usually shot on sight,having been warned first;just think about what happened to our marine at the hands of the Mexicans.They are users-not allies.Stop them now and save our economy-the millions are getting higher and higher.