DENVER – When an estimated 2,000 people arrive in Colorado later this month to meet some of America’s most influential conservative leaders, they won’t be alone. They will be joined by cameras from C-SPAN, the nation’s preeminent public affairs network.
The Centennial Institute, which is hosting annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver July 26-28, made the announcement Tuesday.
“This is the third year in which C-SPAN has covered all or parts of the Western Conservative Summit and we’re honored to have them back with us to record this vital political dialogue,” said the Institute’s President John Andrews. “C-SPAN will later broadcast the Summit proceedings as 2,000 patriots from 40 states gather to hear from some of today’s brightest policy makers, analysts and journalists.”
The summit, now in its fourth year, is a top draw among politicos – attracting some of the conservative movement’s biggest names.
In addition to the C-SPAN coverage, live Summit proceedings will simulcast in Arizona on Saturday, allowing hundreds of additional participants to join their Colorado counterparts from the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.
This year’s list of speakers include U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a rising star among conservatives and leading critic of a controversial plan to provide legal status to an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose high-profile standoff with powerful labor unions in 2011 garnered national media attention.
Other presenters include former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Bill Clinton’s former campaign manager and New York Post columnist Dick Morris, former Florida Congressman and Fox News contributor Allen West, National Review editor-at-Large Jonah Goldberg, and producer James Golden of The Rush Limbaugh Show.
A number of current and former Colorado officeholders will also be in attendance, including U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma), U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and State Senator Greg Brophy (R-Wray).
Andrews added that all of the declared or “rumored” contenders for next year’s GOP gubernatorial nomination have been offered microphone time.
Tickets for the 2013 gathering, which is slated to run from July 26 through July 28, can still be purchased on the Western Conservative Summit website, according to a spokesman.