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Carson Wentz to replace VP Pence as keynote speaker at National Prayer Breakfast dinner

Carson Wentz speaks Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Oxbow (N.D.) Country Club to announce his AO1 foundation. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8.

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer made the announcement in an interview on KXJB-TV. Wentz, the former North Dakota State University star, will replace Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic opening ceremonies.

The National Prayer Breakfast, actually an all-day series of meetings and luncheons, is held at the Washington, D.C., Hilton. It is an annual event designed to be a forum where high-powered political, social and business leaders from around the world gather to build relationships.

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The main event, the morning breakfast, typically has two speakers, including the president and a mystery guest. Those speakers have previously included Mother Teresa, Bono and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Every president since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 has spoken at the morning breakfast.

The dinner speaker wraps up the event.

Thursday will be a busy day for Wentz. The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are holding their victory parade in Philadelphia that same day.

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