Defending the American Dream: AFP summit boasts star lineup, record registration

afpfacebook0826newewstThis one’s for the original “dreamers.”

Americans for Prosperity is hosting the eighth annual Defending the American Dream Summit this weekend in Dallas with a lineup that includes some of the biggest names in the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

The gathering is already expected to be the largest yet, with more than 2,800 conservatives signed up already, organizers said in a news release.

The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

So far, confirmed speakers for the Friday segment include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Dr. Benjamin Carson, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

The night will include the presentation of the “Washington Award,” the organization’s highest honor, which is given every year at the summit to an individual “who embodies the American Dream and has made significant contributions in the past year to advancing economic freedom,” AFP spokesman Levi Russell said in an email.

Past award winners include conservative columnist George Will, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. Last year’s winner was Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway.

Saturday’s speaking lineup so far includes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, high-powered businesswoman and former Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensnarling, R-Texas, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and conservative activist and commentator Bill Whittle.

Check out the event on the web at Defending the American Dream Summit here.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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