Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2012.
Whispers has learned that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be the closing speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference this March, an annual political conference that draws more conservatives than any other event in the country.
Last year, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin won the coveted speaking spot. Tea party favorite Allen West closed the conference in 2011, and conservative commentator Glenn Beck spoke last in 2010.
The American Conservative Union announced Thursday that Cruz would be speaking at the conference, but is not planning to share that he will be the closing speaker until Friday.
“In just a few months, Ted Cruz has become a strong, independent conservative voice in the Senate,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a press release Thursday. “Senator Cruz personifies the theme of this year’s CPAC—America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives.”[RELATED: Seven New Congressmen Who Will Shake Up Washington]
Cruz has made waves for his hard-line stances in his short time as a senator, having attacked Obama’s choice for defense secretary Chuck Hagel, and voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief package.
Cruz, who is backed by the Tea Party, is also known for his unwillingness to compromise. He recently quoted President Ronald Reagan, who said that “offer [a man] half a loaf” and he will “take half a loaf and then… come back for more.”
Reagan loved CPAC, having spoken at the conference on 12 separate occasions.
Other speakers expected at CPAC 2013 include Republicans House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Sen. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.
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