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Romney to address AIPAC

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February 28, 2012 | 2:07 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. on Feb. 24. Photo by REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. on Feb. 24. Photo by REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Mitt Romney will address the annual AIPAC policy conference.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee announced Tuesday via Twitter that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and a candidate for the Republican presidential nod, will address its policy conference on March 6, the day voters go to the polls in 10 states in the Super Tuesday primaries that in the past have determined a front-runner in the contest.

Speaking on March 5 is one of Romney’s rivals for the nod, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama is set to speak on March 4.

In the past it was AIPAC’s custom not to allow presidential challengers to speak at its conferences, but the board changed the policy subsequent to complaints in 2004 from the campaign of then-Democratic challenger John Kerry.

Also speaking at the conference will be Leon Panetta, the U.S. defense secretary.

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