Conservative Political Action Conference

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Trump's CPAC Speech Was 'Fantastic'—and Ironic

President bashes use of anonymous sources hours after using them himself

(Newser) - President Trump opened his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday by attacking the "dishonest media." He accused the media of making up stories and sources and being "fake news." And he railed against the use of anonymous sources. Here's how people reacted... More »

Bannon at CPAC: Trump's Goal Is 'Deconstruction'

He says Trump wants to dismantle tax, regulation, and trade systems

(Newser) - Steve Bannon made his first public appearance since Donald Trump became president Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the Washington Post reports. The president's chief strategist said Trump's goal is the "deconstruction of the administrative state," meaning dismantling systems of taxation, regulation, and trade.... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

CPAC's Big Winners, Losers

Romney, Bachmann score while Paul, Santorum struggle

(Newser) - Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll for the second year straight, but that doesn’t make him a CPAC winner. Chris Cillizza runs down his take on the winners and losers coming out of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference for the Washington Post , and there are a... More »

Cheney, Rumsfeld Booed at CPAC

Ron Paul supporters clash with Bush supporters

(Newser) - The divisions in the Republican Party came into sharp relief last night when Donald Rumsfeld received the “Defenders of the Constitution” award—only to be booed lustily by Ron Paul supporters, many of whom stood up and left the room in protest, CBS News reports. The clamor grew even... More »

What to Watch for at CPAC

Conservatives ready to rumble, test presidential waters

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off today, and it promises to be an interesting one, given the crossroads the movement finds itself at. Politico breaks down what to watch thusly:
  • The 2012 Presidential Race: Candidates will be test-driving their messages in what’s seen as the first big event
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CPAC Kicks Off 2012 GOP Race

Contenders vie to define themselves in speeches, straw poll

(Newser) - The race to the 2012 GOP presidential nomination begins in earnest tomorrow, when the annual Conservative Political Action Committee shindig kicks off in Washington. Nearly all the party’s hopefuls will be there—with the notable exceptions of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee—vying both to define themselves against the... More »

Let's Smash Big Government Elin Woods-Style: Pawlenty

At CPAC, Minnesota gov. praises her alleged nine iron-antics

(Newser) - Most of Tim Pawlenty’s speech to CPAC today was standard small government conservatism, but he decided to illustrate his point with a Tiger Woods joke of questionable taste: “We can learn a lot from that situation, not from Tiger, but from his wife,” the normally staid Minnesota... More »

New 'Adult' Romney Picks His Shots

But critics say his health care reform past haunts him

(Newser) - The Mitt Romney CPAC saw yesterday wasn't the over-eager presidential contender the conservative group met in 2007. These days, Romney looks more comfortable, his rhetoric actually matches his record, and protégé Scott Brown is the toast of DC. Aides tell Politico that whereas in 2008 people saw Romney as... More »

The Cool Kids Care About Taxes at Changing CPAC

Old guard rubs elbows with grass roots

(Newser) - This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference will be very different from those of years past—or even from that of 2009—as an influx of grass-roots populists displaces the old guard. These days, the energy is flowing from the anti-tax, anti-spending tea party movement, and its activists are crowding... More »

Conservatives Make Piñata of Pelosi—Literally

CPAC party will also feature Harry Reid punching bag

(Newser) - Guests at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference intend to beat Nancy Pelosi—or a reasonable likeness thereof—until candy falls out. At a conservative-themed after-party Friday night, guests, starting with a trio of “well-known DC residents,” will be given a chance to whack a Pelosi Pinata, The... More »

Bush Fans Rare at Conservative Pow-Wow

CPAC speakers slam former president, along with Obama

(Newser) - George W. Bush spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference every year of his presidency, but this year when you hear his name, it’s usually being derided, writes Andy Barr of Politico. Newt Gingrich spent his speech railing against “Bush-Obama big spending,” while Mike Huckabee cited Bush’... More »

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