A cadre of potential Republican presidential contenders will address House Republicans this weekend at their annual retreat, according to Republican sources on the Hill.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) are among those slated to address the new Republican caucus at the retreat this weekend in Baltimore, Md.
The speeches will add to the speculation that Barbour and Gingrich are going ahead with 2012 presidential plans. The retreat will provide an opportunity for them to gain valuable face time with the Republican caucus — something each of them could use if they opt to run for higher office.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who put a damper on 2012 speculation when he became the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association — will also speak at the retreat, as will Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).