Hutchinson announces additional speakers for Bentonville political event in October

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Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, from left, Arizona Gov. Bill Ducey and former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson disclosed new details Wednesday (Aug. 31) for a political event he will host this fall in Bentonville.

“America Leads: An Ideas Summit” is scheduled for Oct. 19 and will be held at the Momentary in Bentonville. Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was announced as the keynote speaker in June.

Other speakers announced Wednesday include Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts and former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Hutchinson’s education and advocacy organization America Strong and Free Inc. is organizing the event. The organization said the event “will bring together thought leaders and policymakers from across the nation to discuss real, actionable ideas and policies that are impacting America with the goal to encourage problem-solving and practical solutions.”

Additional speakers announced Wednesday include Dr. Kori Schake, Klon Kitchen and John Bailey, all senior fellows at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

More information regarding event details, additional panelists, guest speakers and tickets will be announced later.

Hutchinson touted the speakers as having careers full of front-line experience in business, government and research.

Watts is chairman, president and CEO of JC Watts Holdings, a multi-industry holding company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Ducey was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 with more votes than anyone in state history. Haslam was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.

“They are leaders who know what is at stake in America and have practical ideas to protect freedom at home and abroad,” said Hutchinson, whom political pundits are mentioning with more regularity as a presidential candidate in 2024. He is term-limited from running for governor this year. “We are looking forward to the discussions around the challenges facing our nation and coming up with effective and workable solutions.”