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Politics

For Mitt Romney, another public step in return

Speech before GOP group will be first since loss

WASHINGTON — Organizers of an annual conservative Republican gathering this week on the edge of the Potomac River have photographs of Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, and Rand Paul emblazoned across their website with the headline “America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives.”

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and last year’s GOP presidential nominee, meanwhile, is just another face in the crowd, listed alphabetically a few screens down among several dozen other speakers. He comes just before Wayne Allyn Root, the 2008 libertarian nominee for vice president.

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