- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An upcoming South Carolina gathering that features several potential Republican presidential contenders has added another name to the guest list, organizers announced this week.

Organizers of the summit organized by Citizens United and U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan told The Associated Press that former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton would be appearing. The meeting is scheduled May 9 in Greenville.

Appointed by President George W. Bush, Bolton served as ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006. He also served as a foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Bolton joins other speakers already announced, among them many Republicans mentioned as potential 2016 presidential contenders. They include former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are also on the guest list, along with former New York Gov. George Pataki, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

South Carolina Congressmen Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford are also listed as attending, along with U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who is the early field’s only African-American; and William O’Brien, former speaker of the New Hampshire House.

Online, event organizers advertise the event as a forum that’s free to the public where the “principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense” will be discussed.

Similar events have been held in Iowa and New Hampshire, two other early voting states.




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