Mitt Romney is finally ready to speak again — in public.
The American Conservative Union announced today that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-March outside Washington, D.C.
“The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. “We look forward to hearing Governor Romney’s comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement.”
In a statement from Romney provided by the group, the former Massachusetts governor said he was looking forward to “saying thank you to the many friends and supporters who were instrumental in helping my campaign.”
The conference will be an early stage test for potential 2016 presidential candidates and others looking to solidify their place among conservatives. Among the others scheduled to address the three-day gathering: Alaska’s Sarah Palin, Florida’s former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky’s Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate and chairman of the House Budget Committee.