AFP announces Gov. Scott as keynote speaker at Orlando summit

Rick Scott, Rick Perry
Photo Credit: Broward Palm Beach New Times

In an interesting move, Americans for Prosperity Foundation announced on Wednesday that Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be a featured keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit, hosted over Labor Day weekend at Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Gov. Scott joins a high-profile lineup that includes Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Ron Johnson, and other personalities such as Michelle Malkin and Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld.

In a prepared statement, AFP Foundation President Tim Phillips said:

“I’m proud to announce that Governor Rick Scott will be joining this year’s Defending the American Dream Summit. Since taking office two years ago, he has fought hard for the principles of economic freedom, leading to impressive job creation, better education, and a balanced budget all without raising taxes.”

Having fallen out of favor with many in the tea party, Scott’s appearance is likely to draw some heat away from Sen. Rubio, who is still dealing will fallout over his support for immigration reform.

As noted in the release, the Defending the American Dream Summit brings together free-market champions from Main Street to Capitol Hill for a weekend of education, networking, strategy, and celebration of the American Dream.

For the first time, the summit is being held outside of Washington, D.C., at the 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.

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