Conservatives gathering for Midwestern conference

Friday, September 27, 2013 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 10:04 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 27, 2013

ST. CHARLES — Conservative activists from across the Midwest are gathering this weekend in suburban St. Louis for a pep rally of sorts.

The Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday is to feature dozens of speeches and panel discussions on topics such as tax cuts and immigration law changes.

Headline speakers include Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who both ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Others on the agenda include Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Lee of Utah.

The event in St. Charles is sponsored by The American Conservative Union. It's the only regional CPAC gathering of the year. The group held a national conference in March in the Washington, D.C., area.

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