CPAC 2022 Speakers, Schedule as Donald Trump Headlines Florida Event

The full agenda and line-up of speakers for this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been confirmed.

The annual conservative gathering is being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida and runs from this Thursday, February 24, through to Sunday, February 27.

Former President Donald Trump is this year's main attraction, headlining the bill and delivering a prime-time speech on Saturday evening.

The event has been touted as a platform for possible 2024 Republican presidential candidates to present their initial cases, as well as being a rallying call for the GOP ahead of this year's midterm elections in November.

A number of other prominent Republican figures are scheduled to speak at CPAC, among them are Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Donald Trump Jr., former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

John Schnatter, former CEO of the pizza chain Papa John's is also scheduled to speak. Schnatter resigned from his post in 2018 after saying a racial slur in a conference call.

Controversial former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens also features on the line-up. Greitens stepped down from his role in 2018 amid allegations of sexual and physical assault on his hairdresser and has since announced a run for Senate.

This year's edition of the CPAC is being held under the banner 'Awake Not Woke' in a clear rejection of progressive politics and issues that have split the U.S. political agenda in recent years.

The theme is heavily reflected in the event's agenda, which includes speeches and panels such as: 'Obamacare Still Kills', 'They Can't Shut Us Up!', 'Fire Fauci', 'Woke Inc.', and 'The Moron in Chief' among many other events.

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Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. The former president will once again be speaking at the conservative gathering and will deliver a prime-time speech this coming Saturday, February 26. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Far-right British politician Nigel Farage, a known friend and supporter of former President Trump, will also be speaking at the event.

The event's closing speech will be delivered by Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday evening, and followed by a musical performance from Lee Greenwood, whose signature song, 'God Bless the USA,' has been used by former President Trump as his walk-on music at rallies for several years.

Former NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom was also due to speak at the conference, but dropped out last week in order to "figure out NBA stuff."

According to the CPAC website, the annual conference is expected to attract over 18,000 people from a wide array of conservative circles, who gather to "fight for conservatism in America and abroad." General admission tickets to the event are being sold for $295, with premium tickets going for over $7,000.

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Former President Donald Trump is set to once again headline this year's CPAC in Florida. Getty Images

CPAC 2022 Speakers and Schedule

The following people are speaking at this year's CPAC in Florida:

  • Donald Trump
  • Ted Cruz
  • Marco Rubio
  • Ron DeSantis
  • Kristi Noem
  • Donald Trump Jr.
  • Mike Pompeo
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • John Schnatter
  • Eric Greitens
  • Nigel Farage
  • Byron Donalds
  • Matt Gaetz
  • Rick Scott
  • Candace Owens
  • Glenn Beck
  • Larry Kudlow
  • Bryon Donalds
  • Marsha Blackburn
  • James Lankford
  • Mike Braun
  • Andy Biggs
  • Madison Cawthorn
  • Jim Jordan
  • Lauren Boebert
  • Ronny Jackson
  • Ken Buck
  • Sean Spicer
  • Sebastian Gorka
  • Ben Carson
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle
  • Dr. Robert Malone
  • Dr. Oz
  • James O'Keefe
  • Jack Posobiec

The full agenda can be found here.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger headline rival summit

However, the event has also caused a split among Republican circles and a rival event is being held by GOP Trump-critics in Washington D.C. over the same weekend.

The Principles First group is hosting a two-day summit which has been labeled as "counterprogramming" to the CPAC. The summit is being held at the National Press Club on February 26 and February 27.

The event is set to focus on "conservatism's meaning and the path to a more principled future for our country" and will feature a number of speeches, panels and networking events.

Headlining the break-off summit are Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who were recently censored by the GOP.

Also appearing at the event are Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, former Republican Reps. Denver Riggleman and Joe Walsh, retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Olivia Troye, and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn.

Organizers are expecting around 300 people to attend the summit.

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Donald Trump Jr. speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 09, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images