AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week McCain, an Arizona Republican who ran for president in 2000 and is being talked about as a likely presidential contender in 2008, was suggested by conference sponsors as someone they’d like to hear, Anderson said. Anderson, developer of the Rancho Vista master-planned community in Palmdale, and his wife, Janice, flew to Washington, D.C., last week to invite McCain. In a meeting at the senator’s office, they handed over a DVD invitation that told about the Antelope Valley and began with a clip of SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan asking McCain to be the conference’s keynote speaker. McCain’s press secretary didn’t return telephone calls Tuesday. The Business Outlook conference will run from 7:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds’ Poppy Pavilion. Speakers are expected to come from government and industry. Admission is $150 per person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Reservations can be made at the Board of Trade office at (661) 942-9581. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Board of Trade officials have invited Sen. John McCain to be keynote speaker at the organization’s Feb. 24 Business Outlook Conference. McCain told conference organizers he is “95 percent” certain he will make it, they said. “We’ve got our fingers crossed,” said Antelope Valley Board of Trade director Gregg Anderson. Organizers hope to have confirmation within two weeks, Anderson said.