Potential Presidential Candidates Team with Activists in Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 25-27 

PHOENIX, AZTea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest grassroots organization, today announced that Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be a keynote speaker at its first-annual national policy conference in Phoenix, Arizona, February 25-27.  The Tea Party Patriots’ American Policy Summit – Pathways to Liberty will bring tea party supporters, national speakers, 2012 presidential candidates and public policy analysts together for briefings, discussions and policy debates.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Georgia businessman Herman Cain will be among the other presidential hopefuls to address the gathering.

The summit will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the founding of the tea party movement, one of the fastest growing and most dynamic grassroots movements in American history.  Within its brief history, Tea Party Patriots has drawn millions of Americans into a movement that has sparked renewed interest in the concepts of constitutionally limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.

“With more than 3,000 affiliated organizations across the county, this summit will be an important opportunity for Tea Party Patriots to come together to celebrate and recommit to the ideals and values that are responsible for the dramatic victories in the November election,” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.  “We’re delighted Gov. Pawlenty, Rep. Paul and Mr. Cain understand the importance of debating and discussing these fundamental issues.”

The American Policy Summit will offer policy briefings and discussions that will hit key Tea Party themes.  They will be organized around the group’s core values and its ‘Five Pathways to Liberty’ in its 40-Year Plan: education, politics, judicial, economics and culture.

“Tea Party Patriots values won the day in November, and we are now taking steps to make sure that these values are reflected in public policy,” said Mark Meckler, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,000 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.  Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.

News media wishing to cover the event can register online at http://www.summit11.org/press or can contact Jameson Cunningham at (703)739-5920 or jcunningham@sbpublicaffairs.com.  All others can register at http://www.summit11.org/.