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Ben Carson Officially Drops Out

He'll move on to chair position at My Faith Votes

(Newser) - Ben Carson has officially ended his presidential campaign, two days after unofficially ending it . Carson got a standing ovation after making the announcement during an appearance at CPAC Friday and adding that he would remain "heavily involved in trying to save the nation," NBC News reports. His new... More »

Trump Cancels CPAC Appearance

He'll be at a rally in Kansas instead

(Newser) - Donald Trump was supposed to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday morning, but instead, he scheduled a rally in Kansas, which holds its caucuses that day. "Very disappointed @realDonaldTrump has decided at the last minute to drop out of #CPAC -- his choice sends a... More »

CPAC Straw Poll Winner: Rand Paul, Yet Again

Scott Walker comes in second at conservative gathering

(Newser) - Scott Walker drew cheers , but it was Rand Paul who ultimately won the latest straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. It's the third time in a row the senator has taken the prize, CNN reports. This time he garnered 25.7% of the vote. Walker was second,... More »

Scott Walker a Big Hit at CPAC

And Jeb Bush holds his own

(Newser) - Today saw the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering which a GOP strategist calls "the starting gun of the Republican primary campaign," the Los Angeles Times reports. The event saw a number of possible candidates offer their pitches, and Scott Walker was among its stars:... More »

The 'Conservative Woodstock' Kicks Off

What to watch for at CPAC

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference—which Politico calls "the conservative Woodstock" and the Christian Science Monitor calls "the Super Bowl of conservative activism"—is currently under way in National Harbor, Md. What to watch for during the 41st annual CPAC—this one, Politico notes, is "the... More »

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll By a Mile

Takes 31% of vote to Ted Cruz's 11%

(Newser) - For the second time in as many years, Rand Paul has won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This year, he took 31% of the vote, far ahead of second-place Ted Cruz, who received 11%, the Washington Post reports. Behind Cruz were ex-neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with... More »

Paul Ryan's CPAC Speech Swiped Plot From Book

He says Wisconsin official 'improperly sourced' it

(Newser) - How do you make cutting funding to school lunches sound heartwarming? Paul Ryan seemed to pull off the feat yesterday in his CPAC speech, by telling the story he said Eloise Anderson—Scott Walker's Secretary of Children and Families—had related to him, about a poor boy who received... More »

Trump 'Kills' Jimmy Carter

He speaks of 'late, great' ex-prez at CPAC

(Newser) - Donald Trump boasted about not using a teleprompter during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday, but it looks like he could have used a fact-checker. "I think by next month, we will have surpassed the late, great Jimmy Carter," he told the gathering of conservative... More »

CPAC Crowd Gives Christie Standing Ovation

Governor gets a little love from conservatives at convention

(Newser) - Chris Christie got back in the national spotlight in a way he prefers today—as a featured speaker at the annual CPAC convention for conservatives. The New Jersey governor took particular aim at the media ("We've got to stop letting the media define who we are and what... More »

Rove, Palin Get Catty

Karl fires back after Palin's CPAC zinger

(Newser) - It's beginning to feel like 2008 all over again: Right down there with soda, Teleprompters, and the many things that Sarah Palin ripped during yesterday's CPAC speech was a self-proclaimed "balding, fat guy" who took exception to her statement that "the architects can head on back... More »

Rand Paul Edges Marco Rubio in CPAC Poll

Santorum, Christie, Ryan, way behind

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul beat Sen. Marco Rubio in the CPAC straw poll today by a hair—25% to 23%—but stayed well ahead of the other Republicans in contention, the Washington Times reports. The rest of the pack, courtesy of the Washington Post :
  • Rick Santorum: 8%
  • Chris Christie: 7%
  • Paul
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Palin Excites CPAC Crowd in Return to Spotlight

Conservative firebrand slams Obama, GOP establishment

(Newser) - Sarah Palin returned to the national spotlight at CPAC today to roundly criticize President Obama and fire potshots at the Republican establishment, NBC News reports. In her first major appearance since Fox News , Palin slammed Obama time and again: "Mr. President, we admit it, you won—now step away... More »

Walker Sounds Interested in 2016 Run

'Not ruling it out'; Jeb Bush says GOP musn't be 'anti-everything'

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke at CPAC today to push his small-government views , but he's also making headlines over an interview with Politico in which he talked about the 2016 presidential race. Is he interested in running? "Possibly. I guess the only thing I’d say is I’... More »

Romney: 'I Utterly Reject Pessimism'

He makes not-so-triumphant return to CPAC convention

(Newser) - Mitt Romney didn't exactly get an all-star slot at the CPAC convention, but he used his 15 minutes this afternoon to thank the group for its support ("You touched my heart again") and to express confidence that Republicans, and the country, will bounce back, reports USA Today... More »

CPAC Not Exactly Excited About Romney Speech

Ex-candidate will get 15 minutes

(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... More »

CPAC Chair: Christie Unworthy of Invite

NJ governor's conservatism lacking, he says

(Newser) - Chris Christie isn't CPAC material, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said today, explaining why the New Jersey governor hadn't gotten a spot in the annual conference that begins today. "I'm a firm believer that if the Republican Party's going to have success, it's... More »

Santorum: Mitt Romney Bought CPAC

'I don't try to rig straw polls,' says candidate

(Newser) - Fresh off his loss to Mitt Romney at CPAC , Rick Santorum hit the talk shows this morning, and he's downplaying the victory, reports Politico : "You have to talk to the Romney campaign and how many tickets they bought—we've heard all sorts of things," Santorum told... More »

Palin: GOP Needs an 'Instinctive' Conservative

Hints at Romney problems, saying too late to 'spin it'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin topped off the Conservative Political Action Conference last night with a rousing speech, avoiding endorsing any candidate, but certainly hinting at Mitt Romney's weaknesses, reports the Wall Street Journal . Palin said that Republicans need a conservative whose beliefs are "instinctive," not someone molded by spin... More »

Breitbart: I Have ‘College Days’ Obama Videos

They will show the president's radical roots, he says

(Newser) - Conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart says he has video of Barack Obama from the president's "college days," and he plans on using it in the coming election cycle to show "why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008,... More »

Gingrich: GOP Establishment Not 'Tough Enough'

Says Republican leaders prefer 'managing decay' to real fighting

(Newser) - The Republican establishment doesn't have "the toughness" to grow majority support for conservative values, so conservatives need to vote for Newt Gingrich, the anti-establishment candidate, Gingrich told the Conservative Political Action Conference, reports CNN . After Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney gave their best conservative pitches to CPAC, it... More »

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