Rubio will speak at CPAC 2013

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CPAC has long been a stopping point for GOP presidential aspirants. Rubio, who has spoken at previous CPACs in previous years, is seen as a likely contender for the nomination.

"My friend Marco RubioMarco RubioFlorida paper endorses Clinton, writes separate piece on why not Trump GOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform MORE has quickly become one of our nation's most prominent conservative leaders," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said in the release announcing the news. "Sen. Rubio's participation will serve as motivation to CPAC attendees and conservatives across the country to take action and bring our country back on track."

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions 9/11 bill is a global blunder that will weaken US efforts abroad Dear Speaker Ryan: your 'forward-looking agenda' ignores climate change MORE (R-Wis.) is already scheduled to speak at the event, as is former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

The three-day event, in its 40th year, will be held in mid-March.