Since 1953, Michigan Republicans have gathered every two years at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to discuss ideas, to learn how to articulate the Republican message and to interact with fellow Republicans from across the state—and the country. The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference has become one of the premier Republican events in the Midwest
Speaker Newt Gingrich, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Senator John McCain, Congressman Ron Paul, Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Fred Thompson
Ari Fleischer, Congressman Eric Cantor, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Governor John Engler, Governor Mitt Romney
Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Nikki Haley, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Governor Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Rand Paul, Senator John Thune, Karl Rove and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
The Leadership Conference is an internal political party function, the purpose of which is to educate the participants on various topics in connection with issue advocacy activities. The remarks made by any candidates at the Conference are not campaign speeches, but are discussions of issues on various topics in connection with issue advocacy activities.