The former Florida governor will forgo a speech, and instead participate in a 20-minute question-and-answer session at the annual conservative gathering.
I think he'd do much better giving a speech. That's what CPAC is all about.
As the American Conservative Union puts final touches on its annual political conference next week, they've offered potential Republican presidential contenders the option of a moderated question-and-answer session instead speaking from a podium to the thousands of activists in attendance.
One White House aspirant taking the group up on the offer is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Republican sources told Bloomberg Politics. ACU spokesman Ian Walters confirmed that speakers will have 20 minutes in front of the crowd and have the choice of delivering remarks and taking questions, or devoting the entire time to a Q&A session.
How he chooses to handle those topics, and the audience reaction that follows, will be one of the most closely followed story lines of the four-day conference at the National Harbor in Maryland.
Allowing a Q&A at CPAC is an initial advantage for Bush. At appearances in San Francisco, Detroit, and Chicago in the past two months, Bush has proven more engaging and comfortable while taking questions from a moderator as opposed to the traditional speeches he also delivered in each city. He also opted for the format earlier this month at an education summit that his foundation hosted in Florida.