UPDATED: Ann Romney scheduled for far-right summit, but she’s not going
Ann Romney and Paul Ryan are two of the top speakers listed on the schedule for the Values Voter Summit set for Sept. 14-16 and hosted by the extremist Family Research Council. The Romney campaign, however, says Ann Romney will not be attending.
The event will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The FRC, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has called a “hate group” for its lies and extremist positions on homosexuality, has listed many high-profile “invited guests” who may or may not attend the summit. But the event program shows a number of those guests with scheduled speaking engagements, including Ann Romney, wife of the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the vice presidential nominee.
Earlier this week, a coalition of civil rights group urged politicians and public officials not to attend the summit.
The schedule, as of Sept. 10, includes:
• Sept. 14 morning remarks by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, TV actor Kirk Cameron, U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and James Lankford of Oklahoma, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Romney and Ryan.
However, Romney’s campaign said this morning that Ann Romney doesn’t plan to attend the summit, and never did.
• A luncheon sponsored by the American Family Association with AFA leaders Tim Wildmon and Buddy Smith and Fox News contributor Sandy Rios.
• Sept. 14 afternoon remarks by Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa, American Values president Gary Bauer, U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida.
• Sept. 14 evening remarks by retired Lt. Col. Oliver North and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The Sept. 15 schedule lists a breakfast with the leaders of the Heritage Foundation, with remarks by Edwin Meese II; a morning plenary session with remarks by representatives from the Liberty Counsel, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Preserve Marriage Washington, Maine Family Policy Council, Minnesota Family Council, Center for Arizona Policy, Maryland Marriage Alliance, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.
The Sept. 16 program only involves a morning worship service with the FRC’s Tony Perkins, who claims he authored the anti-gay marriage provisions in the Republican Party’s platform.
Discussion sessions during the summit will focus on abortion, immigration, relgious freedoms and gay marriage, according to the schedule.