Erick Erickson, the WSB Radio host and founder of RedState, revealed today that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and businesswoman Carly Fiorina will address the crowd of activists Aug. 7-8.
In addition, Erickson said, he has invited U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, but they have not confirmed whether they will join the fun.
Rubio, Cruz and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will address the Georgia GOP this weekend, but the August confab will be Georgia's biggest moment yet in the 2016 sun.
Erickson said the audience will get to question the candidates and he wants them to offer a vision beyond "Obama bashing:"
The event will also challenge the Iowa straw poll for attention from pols and the press. The circus-like test of organizational might will be held at the state fair on Aug. 8 and usually attracts a huge crowd of hopefuls. But Michele Bachmann's 2011 straw poll victory marred its legitimacy as a predictor for the caucuses.
Craig Robinson, a former Iowa state party political director, writes in The Iowa Republican that in theory a candidate could attend both events, but it would be logistically difficult:
Another scheduling note: The candidates will start showing up in Atlanta the day after the first Republican presidential debate, scheduled for Aug. 6 in Cleveland.
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