The 2024 Summit: Conserving America’s Liberal Tradition

  February 23 - 25, 2024

A three-day grassroots summit in Washington, D.C. on rebuilding principled leadership that serves our country—not partisanship or personality.
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About The Summit

Principles First is excited to announce a grassroots summit in Washington, D.C. to be held from Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25 focused on advancing a more principled center-right politics in the United States.

We look forward to bringing together conservative and independent speakers, thought leaders, and grassroots activists for three days of panels, speeches, networking, and discussion about how we can preserve America’s classical liberal tradition, the meaning of conservatism today, and the future of our movement.


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Adam Kinzinger

Former Congressman
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Asa Hutchinson

46th Governor of Arkansas
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John Kasich

69th Governor of Ohio
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George Conway

Contributor, The Atlantic and Board President, Society for the Rule of Law
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Judge J. Michael Luttig

Former Federal Judge
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States
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Brad Raffensperger

Georgia Secretary of State
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Francis Fukuyama

Senior Fellow, Stanford University
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Joe Walsh

Former Congressman
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Barbara Comstock

Former Congresswoman
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Alyssa Farah

Co-Host, The View
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Cassidy Hutchinson

Former White House Aide
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Sarah Matthews

Former White House Deputy Press Secretary
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David Holt

38th Mayor of Oklahoma City
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Michael Steele

Former RNC Chair
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Sarah Longwell

Publisher, The Bulwark
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Bill Kristol

Director, Defending Democracy Together
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Jonah Goldberg

Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder, The Dispatch
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Steve Hayes

Editor and CEO, The Disptach
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Ramesh Ponnuru

National Review
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Fiona Hill

Former Deputy Assistant to the President
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Charlie Sykes

Author and MSNBC Contributor
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Kori Schake

American Enterprise Institute
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Amanda Carpenter

United to Protect Democracy
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Terry Virts

NASA Astronaut
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Matthew Continetti

Director of Domestic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
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Sarah Isgur

Senior Editor, The Dispatch
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Megan McArdle

The Washington Post
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Maya MacGuineas

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
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Jonathan V. Last

Editor, The Bulwark
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Mona Charen

Policy Editor, The Bulwark
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Stephen Richer

Maricopa County Recorder
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Cherie Harder

President, The Trinity Forum
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A.B. Stoddard

Columnist, The Bulwark
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Avik Roy

President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
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Jessica Melugin

Competitive Enterprise Institute
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Jeff Timmer

Michigan Common Sense Party
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Beau Tremitiere

United to Protect Democracy
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Dan Cantor

Center for Ballot Freedom
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Sophia Nelson

Author and Journalist
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Quin Hillyer

Columnist, Washington Examiner
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Michael Wood

US Marine & Business Owner
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Robert A. George

Writer and Speaker
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Uriel Epshtein

Chief Executive Officer, Renew Democracy Initiative
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Michael Wear

Founder, Center for Christianity and Public Life
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Curtis Chang

Executive Director, Redeeming Babel
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Michael Warren

The Dispatch
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Matt Germer

R Street Institute
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Robert Buschman

Georgia State University
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Brian Riedl

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
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Doug Holtz-Eakin

President, American Action Forum
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Scott Warren

SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University
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Heath Mayo

Founder, Principles First


The finalized list of speakers, agenda, and additional logistical information will follow closer to the Summit.
  • Day 1: Friday
    February 23rd
  • Day 2: Saturday
    February 24th
  • Day 3: Sunday
    February 25th

Friday, February 23rd

6pm to 9pm
Welcome Reception

Welcome reception at Hill Country Barbecue hosted by The Bulwark. Casual dress. Must register to attend.

Saturday, February 24th

7:30am to 8:50am
Registration Opens

Grand Ballroom, Conrad DC, 950 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Coffee and tea available.

Pledge of Allegiance & Welcome Remarks
  • David Thul, Co‐Chair of Summit Host Committee
9am to 9:05am
Putting Principles First
  • Heath Mayo, Principles First
9:10am to 9:55am
America’s Tradition of Classical Liberalism
  • Bill Kristol, Defending Democracy Together
  • Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University
  • Matthew Continetti, American Enterprise Institute
  • Quin Hillyer, The Washington Examiner
10am to 10:25am
Confronting Authoritarian Threats Abroad: A Conversation with Fiona Hill
  • Uriel Epshtein, Renew Democracy Initiative
  • Fiona Hill, Former Deputy Assistant to the President
10:30am to 10:55am
Justice and the Rule of Law
  • The Hon. Alberto R. Gonzales, 80th U.S. Attorney General of the United States
11am to 11:45am
The 2024 Election: The Road Ahead & the Principles at Stake *
  • Sarah Longwell, The Bulwark
  • A.B. Stoddard, The Bulwark
  • Jonathan V. Last, The Bulwark

* This is a live-taping of The Next Level podcast.

11:50am to 12:55pm
Lunch Break
1pm to 1:45pm
Leading with Principle: Speaking Up for the Truth
  • Alyssa Farah Griffin, The View
  • Cassidy Hutchinson, Former White House Aide to Mark Meadows
  • Sarah Matthews, Former White House Deputy Press Secretary
1:50pm to 2:15pm
Truth Matters: A Keynote Conversation
  • Charlie Sykes, Author and MSNBC Contributor
  • Special Guest TBA
2:20pm to 3:05pm
Moral Leadership in America: Principles for State, Church, Culture and Community
  • Cherie Harder, The Trinity Forum
  • Michael Wear, The Center for Christianity and Public Life
  • Mona Charen, The Bulwark
  • Robert A. George, Writer and Speaker
3:10pm to 3:15pm
Coffee Break
3:20pm to 4:05pm
Principled Economics: A Formula for Growth and Sustainability
  • Bob Buschman, State Economist of Georgia
  • Brian Riedl, The Manhattan Institute
  • Douglas Holtz‐Eakin, American Action Forum
  • Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
4:10pm to 4:25pm
Building the New Base: The Politics of Principle & Courage
  • Michael Steele, Former Chairman of the RNC and 7th Lt. Gov. of Maryland
Day One Closing Remarks
  • Heath Mayo, Principles First
Principles First: Grassroots Leadership Strategy Session (Optional)

Location: Grand Ballroom, Conrad DC.

Sunday, February 25th

7:30am to 8:50am

Grand Ballroom, Conrad DC, 950 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Coffee and tea available.

8:50am to 9:00am
Video Remarks
  • Gov. John Kasich, 69th Governor of Ohio
  • Congressman Will Hurd, Former CIA Officer – Texas (23rd)
9am to 9:35am
Duty, Honor, Country: American Leadership in a Turbulent World
  • Kori Schake, American Enterprise Institute
  • Terry Virts, NASA Astronaut and Former Commander of the International Space Station
  • Michael Wood, U.S. Marine and Business Owner
9:40am to 10:25am
Checks & Balances: Protecting the Rule of Law
  • George Conway, Society for the Rule of Law and The Atlantic
  • Hon. J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (ret.)
  • Hon. Barbara Comstock, Society for the Rule of Law
10:30am to 10:55am
Lessons from Ronald Reagan: A Conversation with Governor Asa Hutchinson
  • Asa Hutchinson, 46th Governor of Arkansas
  • Megan McArdle, The Washington Post
11am to 11:45am
The Future of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party *
  • Stephen Hayes, The Dispatch
  • Jonah Goldberg, The Dispatch
  • Sarah Isgur, The Dispatch
  • Michael Warren, The Dispatch

* This is a live-taping of The Dispatch Podcast.

11:50am to 12:35pm
Combating Illiberalism in America
  • Joe Walsh, Former Member of Congress
  • Curtis Chang, Redeeming Babel
  • Amanda Carpenter, Protect Democracy
  • Sophia Nelson, Author and Journalist
12:40pm to 1:55pm
Lunch Break
2pm to 2:25pm
The American City & Principles for Urban Prosperity: A Conversation with Mayor David Holt
  • Mayor David Holt, Oklahoma City
2:30pm to 2:50pm
Defending our Elections: The Practice of Democracy
  • Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State of Georgia
  • Stephen Richer, Maricopa County Recorder
  • Scott Warren, Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Institute
  • Matt Germer, R Street Institute
Tradition and the Path to More Competitive and Responsive Elections
  • Jeff Timmer, Michigan Common Sense Party
  • Beau Tremitiere, United to Protect Democracy
  • Dan Cantor, Center for Ballot Freedom
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Principles in Tension: FreeCons, NatCons & Libertarians
  • Avik Roy, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
  • Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
  • Jessica Melugin, Competitive Enterprise Institute
4:20pm to 4:40pm
Renegade: A Discussion on American Leadership with Adam Kinzinger
  • Adam Kinzinger, Former Congressman
Closing Remarks
  • Heath Mayo, Principles First