As the Iowa caucus nears, the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country is preparing for its annual conference of big-name conservative leaders with an optimistic message — "our time is now."
The American Conservative Union has released the first ad for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference — the event of events for conservative pundits, politicians and voters. With a voiceover from former President Ronald Reagan, the ad puts a fresh spin on the conference as it features younger attendees along with soundbites from politicians and upbeat music.
"This March, it's time to restore America's greatness," the ad proclaims.
"Tomorrow in Iowa we shift from candidates talking to conservatives to the next phase where conservatives will make their voices heard with their vote," ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told TheBlaze. "CPAC starts the day after the SEC primary in the thick of this phase. We may not know who our candidate is, but we will be well on our way. CPAC will be the central event for conservatives to come together and make it clear to the rest of America from coast to coast the important need to preserve the principles our nation was founded on."
Several GOP presidential candidates are featured in the advertisement, such as Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Many of those candidates are already confirmed speakers at the event.
The conference will be held March 2-5 in National Harbor, Maryland — after the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.