A slew of Republican presidential contenders are scheduled to attend the Club for Growth's four-day conference in Palm Beach beginning Thursday: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
"Arizona Sen. John McCain was invited to attend, but declined," sniffs the conservative organization on its website.
McCain's campaign says he's leaving for the "theater of war'' Friday and isn't releasing his schedule for security reasons.
The Arizona senator missed another major gathering of conservatives, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington earlier this month.