Three potential GOP presidential candidates are expected to be in Deer Valley next week vying for attention at a private retreat for big-money donors hosted by the party’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.

The “Experts and Enthusiasts” event set for Thursday and Friday at Stein Erickson Lodge will bring together New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with some 200 Romney backers.

Also attending will be corporate and academic leaders and even a few Democrats, including President Barack Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, mentioned as a long shot contender in 2016.

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