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EXCLUSIVE: The Conservative Political Action Conference is kicking off in Orlando, Florida on Thursday under the banner of ‘Awake not Woke’— a theme that aims to hammer the left and serve as “the starting gun” for Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
The premier annual conservative gathering, held in Orlando at The Rosen Shingle Creek from Thursday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 27, will feature speeches and presentations from former President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers, former Trump administration officials, and more.
“CPAC will be the starting gun to the 2022 election and it expresses the mood of our coalition of Americans,” CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp told Fox News. “I’m expecting CPAC Florida to be a packed house because America is experiencing a great Un-Wokening.”
“From San Francisco and Seattle to border towns and Virginia it’s clear that people are simply exhausted from being barred from speaking their minds and this attack on American families and their children,” Schlapp told Fox News.
“When we invited top speakers this year, almost everyone said yes and is coming, starting with President Trump,” Schlapp said.
CPAC annually brings together more than 18,000 people from college-aged to retired, representing conservative organizations, educational institutions, elected officials, thought leaders, media personalities, and grassroots activists “who fight for conservatism in America and abroad,” the CPAC website states.
This year, though, Schlapp told Fox News CPAC will also “have record numbers of high school kids as they battle the war on gender and girls sports.”
“The most gratifying aspect of CPAC will be speakers who would not consider themselves conservatives but are finding common cause with our movement,” Schlapp said.
Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, presides over the event each year.
Fox News first obtained the 2022 CPAC agenda, which includes speeches from prominent politicians, as well as panels focused on political issues facing the party and the nation.
Some of the panels include: “Domestic Terrorists Unite: Lessons from Virginia Parents;” “The First Amendment Fund: Defending the Canceled;” “Fire Fauci;” “Woke, Inc.;” and more.
Here are some of the featured political guests expected to appear throughout the conference:
Thursday, Feb. 24
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind.
Former White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp
Former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.
Senate candidate for Alaska, Kelly Tshibaka
Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Friday, Feb. 25
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Alaska Gov. Gary Dunleavy
Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla.
Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem
Rep. Ted Bud, R-N.C.
Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill.
Former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson
Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.
Former Nevada Attorney General, Senate candidate Adam Laxalt
Michigan Congressional candidate John James
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Amb. Ric Grenell
Leader of Brexit Party Nigel Farage
Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Democratic presidential candidate
Saturday, Feb. 26
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel
Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas
Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs Monica Crowley
Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.
Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
Former Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
Former Trump administration official Kash Patel
Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt
Former President Donald Trump
Sunday, Feb. 27
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.
Amb. Lynda Blanchard
Amb. Carla Sands
Amb. Lana Marks
Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.
Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla.
Donald Trump Jr.
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