Amid his noticeably robust travel agenda these days, Gov. Rick Perry plans to stop in Colorado later this month to deliver the keynote address at the Western Conservative Summit, the Denver Post recently reported.
Perry, who continues to mull a presidential bid, joins GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, as well as a handful of Fox News contributors like Juan Williams, Dick Morris, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson and former UN ambassador John Bolton. The event begins July 29 and includes workshops, network opportunities and explores questions like “Can Republicans and the Tea Party work together?” and “Is conservatism more than politics and economics?”
The Post notes that at last year’s summit, which U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann headlined, participants were asked to sign a declaration affirming “six tenets of who we are and what we stand for.” Those tenets include a call to protect an “open public square centered on the nation’s Judeo-Christian core” and the rejection and resistance of the “socialist temptation, transnational progressivism, secular utopian illusions, appeasement, disarmament, or capitulation to jihad and sharia.”
The Centennial Institute, co-hosts of the summit, invited Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition and a key figure in the Jack Abramoff Indian casino lobbying scandal, to speak about faith and politics during a fall seminar in 2010.
Last year the Post quoted former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo’s remarks at the event, warning against diversity and the “cult of multiculturalism” that plagues the nation. “We are the last hope of Western civilization — this country,” Tancredo said. “Europe has been Islamicized.”
Perry landed in Colorado last month to speak at an invitation-only event hosted by billionaires and leading Tea Party financiers Charles and David Koch, the Post reported in June. The secretive GOP summit was said to focus around free-market policy. The Colorado Independent earlier reported that environmental and progressive organizations protested the event, which they said highlighted business interests’ influence in politics.