05/03/2013 15:00 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Sarah Palin, Rick Perry to speak at NRA convention

Top Republicans, including Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will address the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association as the three-day "Stand and Fight"-themed convention opens in Houston.

More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event, which includes a gun trade show, political rally and strategy meeting

- Watch for the NRA opening convention beginning at 2:15 p.m. ET

Other speakers scheduled to speak at the power gun lobby's annual meeting on Friday include presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas who has become one of the Tea Party's top voices.