Cruz, Lee headline western Republican conference

SANDY, Utah (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is scheduled to headline the final day of a two-day conference in Utah where Republican party leaders from western states are meeting.

Speakers at the Western Republican Leadership Conference also include Utah’s two U.S. senators, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, the National Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, and Republican congressional candidate Mia Love.

Their speeches at the private event are scheduled to start Friday evening at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.

The conference includes panel discussions about public lands, appealing to female and minority voters and fundraising and campaign strategies.

Lee and Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, are favorites of tea party conservatives.

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