Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to the political spotlight and speak to thousands of conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference next month in Washington D.C.
The National Review reports that Romney "has become somewhat restless, and is eager to contribute to the national debate." His speech at the annual gathering will be optimistic and focus on economic and fiscal issues, the article said.
"This is really an opportunity for Governor Romney to thank all his supporters and friends," a senior Romney aide told National Review.
"The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections," said American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas. "We look forward to hearing Governor Romney's comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement."
Some in the twitterverse reacted with snark that the conservative conference had chosen to invite Romney rather than find fresh voices.
Tim Stanley, a blogger for the Telegraph (@timothy_stanley) wrote: Mitt Romney speaking at #CPAC? Was Herbert Hoover unavailable?
Twitter user John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl)wrote: "GOP: Time to modernize and shake things up. CPAC 2013: Mitt Romney!"
Twitter user Jason Stanford (@JasStanford) wrote: "Romney speaking at #cpac is like me speaking at my ex-wife's wedding."
But others said such criticism was unfair:
Twitter user Joel Palmer (@PoliticalLogic) wrote: "Booing Romney at #CPAC after having voted for him (especially in the primary) is pretty ridiculous."
Via National Review and Twitter