Conservative activists from all over the country will begin gathering today for the 43rd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is taking place at the Gaylord National Harbor hotel located just along the banks of the Potomac River.
The conference will kick off today with activist boot camps and swing into full gear tomorrow with speeches and panels by conservative leaders, newsmakers and elected officials. It will conclude on Saturday with the announcement of the conference’s straw poll results.
All the remaining Republican presidential candidates will be speaking—John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson on Friday, and Donald Trump and Marco Rubio on Saturday.
Trump, whose candidacy has turned the Republican race upside down, will be speaking just days after his strong Super Tuesday primary showing and hopes to take advantage of that momentum to convince attendees that he should be the GOP nominee despite his less than conservative credentials.
This won’t be Trump’s first appearance at CPAC—that was in 2011—but it will be his first as a presidential candidate and GOP frontrunner, which should draw an even larger audience than his past appearances. That should, in turn, send the attendance well above the record 11,000-plus that attended last year.
The agenda is available here.