John Bolton, Herman Cain and Oliver North are the latest political names coming into Pittsburgh for the NRA national convention at the end of the month.
Probable presidential nominee Rick Santorum will be back in town too, as well as Pat Toomey and Jason Altmire. Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich's appearances were already announced, meaning the convention is so far getting a few big 2012 names but by no means all of them. (Tim Pawlenty will be in a week later for the county GOP's spring dinner.)
UPDATE: Joe Manchin is a late addition, and not noted in press release below.
Press release from the NRA after the jump:
Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce this year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from April 29 – May 1.
This year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits will have in excess of 60,000 attendees, putting this on target to be one of the largest and finest in NRA’s 140-year history. Leading firearm manufacturers will display the firearm industry’s latest and greatest products. Various hunting and shooting accessories and an extensive private collection displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will fill acres of convention space.
Back by popular demand, NRA’s Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum will take place Friday, Apr. 29; from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Confirmed speakers include: Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire; Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell; former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton; former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Lt. Colonel Oliver North; Major Dan Rooney; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum; Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube; and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey.
NRACountry, a proud partnership between NRA and Nashville’s brightest stars is pleased to present, in collaboration with Bushnell, NRACountry Jam I at Stage AE in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 29. Country music star Craig Morgan will headline the show with opening performances by Sarah Darling and Due West. Stage AE doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($30) will be available at ticketmaster.com beginning Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. EST.
NRA’s 3rd Annual Celebration of American Values Freedom Event will take place Saturday, Apr. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The featured speaker for the evening is former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee. Michael Reagan will be presenting the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award, and guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind performance featuring award-winning comedian and member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Jeff Foxworthy.
NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits provide a safe and fun atmosphere the whole family can enjoy. The ever-popular air gun range is a top attention-grabber -- both for participants and observers. NRA offers diverse seminars throughout the three-day convention, including methods of concealed carry; hunting in Africa; Firearms Law; the Grassroots Workshop; and Refuse to Be a Victim®.