February 19th, 2010
04:37 PM ET
8 years ago

California in the crosshairs at CPAC

Washington (CNN) - Two conservative candidates for statewide office in California came to the nation's capital on Friday to take aim at their state, which they said is suffocating in taxes and regulation, and to hold themselves out as its saviors.

“We are the laboratory of every horrific government lab experiment in America,” Chuck DeVore thundered before a stirred-up audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day event showcasing hard-right ideas and players.

DeVore, a member of the California Assembly, is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

He conjured Ronald Reagan, who he said was an example of the good that California has produced. DeVore also cited what he termed as the bad – Democratic lawmakers Barbara Boxer, who he wants to unseat, and Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you must beware what happens in California,” DeVore said.

The other candidate at CPAC who used California as a foil to his own views was Steve Poizner.

Poizner, the state’s top insurance regulator and a former Silicon Valley technology executive, wants to be the Republican nominee for governor. He chronicled California’s economic malaise.

“It couldn’t get much worse than it is today,” Poizner said. “We’re going to take our state back.”

Filed under: California • Chuck DeVore • CPAC • Steve Poizner
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You can thank your republican governor for the problems California is facing.

    February 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. harold

    Ask a Republican whether they would rather pay a War on Terror TAX.. .to pay for the War.. or would they ..like Bush did borrow the money from China?... Go ahead and ask them....See how they answer you..

    February 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Oh yes, California is going to put another GOPer in office! Funny.

    February 19, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Poizner, the state’s top insurance regulator and a former Silicon Valley technology executive, wants to be the Republican nominee for governor. He chronicled California’s economic malaise.

    “It couldn’t get much worse than it is today,” Poizner said. “We’re going to take our state back.”


    It's gonna get worse. We're going to have healthcare reform and your Insurance Companies can keep raising rates when the Republikkkkkans you support are your only victims (they're getting older, folks, and will be getting the accompanying diseases and disabling chronic (pre-existing) ailments).

    February 19, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Dallas Peach

    Wow... what I read on these commentaries are so divisive about our country. I want our president in OUR country to succeed.
    California has been way off course in terms of housing, land, wages/salaries and energy prices which are not sustainable in today's economy. California must find a path of citizenship for immigrants to pay into the system and pay taxes or their economy will never sustain itself with all the jobs lost.

    February 19, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Sgt. USMC

    Why is it that these guys are firing up their own? Why not fire up independents? That's the real test. Anyone can fire up their own members but if all you have is the same old boring talking points (palin palmgate), no one from the other side is going to care. A word of advice, come up with a new strategy, I don't know maybe throw in something you can do to help instead of blaming others. You're not impressing anyone.

    February 19, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Uncle Buck

    Funny how these conservatives idolize Reagan but purposely chose to avoid his true legacy; Reagan is the father and inventor of the modern day version of irresponsible deficit spending and he did it with true gusto and to levels which had never been seen before his time.

    February 19, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    Don't you have a Republican govenor–why is the people in DC the blame for California problems. BTW, try running on some current ideas to fix the problems instead of referencing Regan - who had the first S&L crisis on his watch.

    February 19, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Paul H

    Obama is a dream come true for some. He represents the American dream in so many ways. He represents Martian Luther Kings dream speech. He gives young African Americans a strong positive roll model.
    But this presidents agenda is bent on spending money that doesn't exist. Obama's political agenda is not in line with working class America. It caters to special interest, and far left Idealism. Things like "Cap and Trade" are geared around "Global warming" a political driven science that will cost everyone more money if it goes through. Everyone want's health care reform, but Obama wants to shove his down our throat without even a good debate. This mans politics plays to the entitlement crowd. Obamas agenda is over reaching.

    February 19, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    "It couldn't get much worse than it is today" wow....it's a downward spirial....bottom hasn't even been seen yet.

    February 19, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    The libertards don't worry about things like money. They know that they can always tax the hard working, people of American to bail out the dope smoking, non tax paying Oprah watchers. And then they seem to get a real hoot out of calling us bigots and other names. I guess that is part of their disease.

    February 19, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    boxer and nit wit nancy are dragging this country into the dredge of finincal abiss,,,, california you need better leadership ,,,,these two psycos need to be toast,,

    February 19, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer so they complain. Republicans are blogging up the air ways day after day complaining not realizing their message is falling on deaf ears with the same complaints day in and day out. It's like playing the loud music they used during the capture of Noreiga and that's exactly the same game plan they have for the American people but it won't work. It' toois like a child that whines until you get tired of hearing him and you give him what he wants.

    February 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. j

    California is suffering from too many Conservative Republicans that say one thing and do another. We're fortunate to be represented by two fine Democratic Senators. If we had more Progressives, we'd be better off.

    VOTE Progressive 2010.

    February 19, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Seth

    Barbara Boxer can at least claim that she is not as despised as Nancy Pelosi. The people of America are tired of the snobbery and the condescension of these two ladies. Yes mam... I am talking about you, hard to believe that you are offended by mam. Overly sensitive are you? Well try not to cry when you lose the election, all things must come to an end. Hallelujah!!

    February 19, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    CPAC can put anything they want in their so called crosshairs. I know they have read the polls but they obviously don't believe them. These extreme people, CPAC, Teabaggers and all the other GOP fringe groups just don't believe that they represent only 11% of the American people, the crazy part of America. I guess the voices they hear in their heads make them feel like there's a crowd behind them, well, face the truth (the real truth) there's not.

    February 19, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. USMC Mom

    I've lived in CA my whole life; right-wing, conservative politics are venomous to us. We have problems no doubt...too many people, but nothing a "conservative" can help us with. In this state, women will fight hard to protect their right to choose; we are not willing to let anyone take that away.

    February 19, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. El Gordo

    Stop it with the Ronald Reagan worship. That president did nothing but increase the federal debt and write sweet letters to little girls. He was a nice guy, everyone says, but America is in bad shape because of him.

    He increased the national debt by 189% or $1.75 trillion. That amounted to a poorly designed stimulus package which explains the economic growth during his term. The tax cuts certainly didn't do it because the increases in social security taxes and state taxes pretty much offset the income tax cuts.

    He added more to the National Debt than any other president between Washington and Clinton. His term was characterized by scandals like Iran Contra, which Reagan simply couldn't understand, much less control. His much ballyhooed Star Wars program was essentially a welfare program for con-artists, and nothing ever came of it. An empty chair would have been a better executive, because no decision is better than invariably wrong decisions.

    George Bush Sr. was ten times the president Reagan ever was (and fifty times the president his son was).

    Reagan made some swell speeches about morality, Christianity, and family values. His biggest accomplishment was the series Death Valley Days, which was pretty good for its time.

    February 19, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    What California does NOT need is more Taliban politicians...

    February 19, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. Paul C.

    I would ask the 2 conservative candidates if they are truly for smaller government if they would support a bill to reduce the generous perks and pay the lawmakers in Congress have voted for themselves.
    Would they support reducing the number of lawmakers? If they cannot do anything to benefit the country maybe we can get by with 50 Senators and 200 Representatives. It will help reduce the budget and I will certainly feel better. Let kick the bums out and not replace them!

    February 19, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Scott, Tucson

    I'm hoping that any Republican or true Democrat beats these leftist commies that have infiltrated the Democratic party and brought it to the sorry state it's in now. Boxer, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Rangel, Frank and Specter needs to be retired and sent home for good.

    February 19, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Shelly

    Are these people at the CPAC aliens? They are a bunch of suspicious, cynical and paranoid people spreading their lies....they all look green. Oh wait that is the ONLY color...No diversity.
    I am so thankful I am NOT a part of their frightening and freaky world!
    They are loony. If people cannot see this then you need help.

    February 19, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    If you need any proof of how utterly out of touch CPAC is with reality, look no further that Chuck DeVore being invited to speak at the event. He has about as much chance of unseating Barbara Boxer as Arnold Schwarzenegger does in winning an Academy Award.

    February 19, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Givemeabreak

    What a bunch of idiots!. Mr DeVore is caught up in the "Obama adminstration bashing...no new ideas" convention aka CPAC that it must have slipped his mind as to which party the Governer of California belongs too...and that he is part of the "cause" as to why the state is in it's current situation.

    February 19, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. mac from pa

    perhaps a mantra of yes we can will be used after mass
    to unseat these two ditzy broads would be the icing on the cake

    February 19, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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