Several big names in Florida are scheduled to make an appearance at one of the country’s biggest conservative conferences — set to begin this Thursday.
According to a preliminary schedule (.pdf) for the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Scott, and Reps. Allen West, Mario Diaz-Balart, David Rivera and Connie Mack will all make an appearance at the conference.
Rubio will be giving a speech titled, “Is America Still An Exceptional Nation?” Diaz-Balart and Rivera, meanwhile, will be part of a panel discussion titled, “From Fidel to Chavez: How Do We Stop the Resurgence of Socialism in Latin America.”
There will also be a panel centered around the Occupy Wall Street movement featuring conservative commentators. The discussion is titled, “Taking Back Wall Street: The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street.”
West, who has a penchant for controversy, will be taking the stage with well-known anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller. The pair, along with others, will be part of a discussion about Sharia called “Islamic Law in America: How the Obama Justice Department Is Selling Us Out.” Geller is best known for her blog Atlas Shrugs, which has been described by The New York Times as a “site that attacks Islam with a rhetoric venomous enough that PayPal at one point branded it a hate site.”
Sarah Palin is also among the many big-name conservatives set to appear at the conference in D.C. this weekend.