Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declined the invite. So did South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Texas Gov Rick Perry.
Newt Gingrich is “amenable” to attending but hasn’t committed yet, his spokesman said…
“This is a free throw,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, which supports comprehensive immigration reform. “If all you really want to do is court Marco Rubio’s support, you should go.”
To be fair, none of the potential candidates has publicly declared their intent to run. And in contrast to the 2008 cycle, formal announcements aren’t likely to come until the late winter or spring. The conference also coincides with the Republican National Committee winter meeting.