CPAC Not Exactly Excited About Romney Speech
Ex-candidate will get 15 minutes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
Mitt Romney waves to supporters at an election night rally in Boston, where he conceded the race to President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

(Newser) – CPAC's theme this year is "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives." Which must be pretty awkward for Mitt Romney, who will be speaking there today, given that he's neither, Politico points out. Romney will be given only 15 minutes to speak, and the prospect of his address is being met with towering indifference. "He's kind of last year," one former New Hampshire state legislator says. "I'm ready for some new blood."

Romney has won the CPAC straw poll the last six years in a row, and an adviser says he's speaking at all to "express his appreciation for all that support." CPAC chair Al Cardenas says he encouraged Romney to come; "You gotta peek at the past if you want to be smart about the future." But most attendees shrug when asked about him, and Rick Perry even took a shot at him in his speech yesterday, saying Republicans hadn't nominated a true conservative. Rand Paul, meanwhile, offered a more subtle rebuke to the old guard in general. "The GOP has grown stale and moss-covered," he said. "I don't think we need to name any names, do we?" (The Washington Post thinks he had John McCain in mind, probably in reaction to this.)

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kawahchan
Mar 16, 2013 10:17 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: The NEW Republican & TEA Party ought to tell CPAC should learn how the arithmetic count on the Electoral Votes from California 55 votes + Oregon 7 votes + Washington 11 votes = 73 votes that will make Republican Party to lose the Presidential Election to the Democrat every 4 years. That's WHY the 2014 & 2016 Texas Governor RICK PERRY will use his free time to visit California, Washington and Oregon more often to collect the fundraising from (D) Gov. Jerry Brown. So far, Gov. Jerry Brown's Prop. 30 tax-law is NOT working at all as like as he campaigned for California's education.
cornelison
Mar 15, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
Who's their headliner? The ghost of Ronald Reagan?
cornelison
Mar 15, 2013 6:22 PM CDT
10 people showed up for Donald Trump.