Seven prominent Republicans, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and other potential presidential candidates, will all attend an event at Walt Disney World on Tuesday.
According to the Orlando Sentinel,
the Economic Growth Summit is being put on by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Let's Get To Work Political Action Committee.
Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are the two official GOP candidates for president at the summit, but most of the others in the lineup are expected to join the race.
The event will take place at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center. Each candidate or potential candidate will have 30 minutes to speak, reports the Sentinel.
The other potential candidates scheduled to attend the event are former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Sens. Rand Paul (Kentucky) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who are already in the race for president, were invited to speak but declined, reports the Sentinel.
Rubio will reportedly speak first at the summit, which kicks off at 9 a.m., because he is due back in Washington for his work as a senator.
According to the Sentinel, Let's Get to Work raised almost $100 million for Scott's successful campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014.
A Palm Beach Post report
claims there will be roughly 300 business leaders at the event, listening to each candidate's or potential candidate's pitch.
A Sarasota Herald-Tribune story
, meanwhile, wonders if Scott is trying to put himself on the national stage by hosting the star-studded event.
"No. 1, I think there's an element of self-promotion for the governor," Florida Gulf Coast University political science professor Peter Bergerson told the Tribune.
Added Republican Party of Sarasota County Chairman Joe Gruters, "Although we're interviewing all these other candidates, at the same time, these other candidates are seeing Rick Scott."
Scott told The Wall Street Journal
that the Republican primary race in Florida is far from a two-man bout, in reference to native sons Bush and Rubio being considered by many to be the two favorites in the Sunshine State.
"Anybody can win in Florida if they have the right message," Scott told the Journal. "I believe people will participate and you're already seeing it. I was in Palm Beach the other day and ran into Rick Perry in a Starbucks!"
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