February 19th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
8 years ago

McDonnell cancels CPAC appearance

Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, one the Republican Party's favorite new faces, has cancelled his Saturday appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

McDonnell is in Washington Friday for events with the National Governors Association and Republican Governors Association, and will still attend a Georgetown fundraiser for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's political action committee, but he is returning to Richmond tonight to work on budget matters, according to a McDonnell spokesman.

McDonnell will return to Washington on Sunday to attend the NGA dinner at the White House with President Obama. His office said he would try to stop by CPAC Friday if time permitted.

He was originally slated to address the CPAC audience on Saturday afternoon, after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • CPAC
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Probably because he knew that anyone who appeared on stage after
    Dick Cheney showed up would be finished, politically.

    February 19, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Good idea. All the hate, fear, and now violence being propagated by the nutjobs at CPAC is disgusting.

    Smash some windows? The pilot in Austin, TX did that. Is tha what nutjobs will be doing all over the country? If so, then they are nothing but American al quaeda.

    February 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. JLM

    Smart move.

    February 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    McConnell is going to have dinner with Obama, then attend CPAC if time permits and he can get around to it?

    I think I just heard the sound of conservative heads exploding.

    February 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Dick Cheney is a kiss of death and I don't mean that literally, ask Ashcroft. Cheney and Bush treated Ashcroft worse than you would a dog while this man was on his death bed. It's a fool who thinks that a Republican could care about them or their economic problems.

    February 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Deb n Texas

    That sounds smart – he rather do the work he was sent to Washington to do. One out of many.

    February 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. notfooledbydistractions

    After seeing the performances of the speakers so far, I can't blame him for cancelling. The conference looks more like a snarky junior high rally than a meeting of adults who are serious about governance and leading our country. If they had any shame the republican party would be embarrassed.

    February 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    wow, maybe I have this guy all wrong? Could we really have a true Conservative in the GOP? I guess time will tell. Though time is running out on our freedom and liberty.

    February 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. duffey

    This man represents the State of Massachusetts where even consevative governors (Mitt Romney), know that it's independents with a very progessive streak make or break political carers.CPAC would only do more harm to McDonell then good, and he knows it. Don't excpect him to align himself with these people, who are in the process of destroying the centerist part of the GOP.

    If McDonell is as smart as I think he is he won't be within 100 miles of this meeting.

    February 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. James

    This is an attempt to distance himself from the conservative establishment and get the support of Tea Partiers. He can't snub Obama because then he can't claim that he is trying to work with people on both sides of the aisle.

    As for going back to work on budget issues, that's just a timely excuse that makes him look good.

    It's fascinating to watch politicians position themselves like this.

    February 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Soooo, one less stilted, poorly-delivered, ranmbling speach comprised of 2 parts ideological cheerleading and 1 part insults hurled at the sitting POTUS? I'd thank McDonnell for not showing up, but he's still a dbag.

    February 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Center left-out

    The CPAC is the new Tea Party!

    February 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    That absurd idiot.

    Did he cancel because he "cried" to Congress about him losing
    his "taxpayer paid" associate. Freakin' crybaby has nothing else
    to cry about. Why do he cry about the Millions of people he hurts
    everyday when he opens his freakin" mouth acting like a big shot
    spouting off with his "good ole' boy, buddies, such as spray tan Boehner! I know all of them by name, and, they are leeches!

    February 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Former Republican

    I guess now he will be on their not pure enough list.

    February 19, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. sean

    McDonnell, not McConnell. And he shouldn't be playing on the national stage after one week month in office. and two days after submitting one of the worst budget proposals ever seen. "Bob's for jobs" plan is to lay off thousands of teachers, cut off school breakfast, childrens' insurance, while offering tax breaks to business. Grat.

    February 19, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    Good for him. CPAC is nothing but a hate and whine fest. I watched part of it and it was ridiculous. I'd have listened if ONE speaker had talked about ONE issue and ONE solution to anything.

    All they did was attack, distastefully, President Obama, and repeat worn out rhetoric that no one wants to hear anymore.

    If Republlicans, the pure and unpure ones, want ANYONE other than their lunatics to take them seriously they have to quit lying and do some real work on the real issues facing working Americans. So far Republicans have done NOTHING for Americans but lie, delay, lie, delay and offer nothing to help solve problems.

    President Obama and the Democrats have been WORKING HARD all year to pass people-oriented legiislation. Republicans have worked AGAINST the People and FOR the large corporations, insurance companies, and banks who are destroying the middlle class.

    Now House Republicans have proposed eliminating medicare and Social Security! Think they care about Grandma now? They are hypocrites and liars and shame on anyone who thinks they care about America and our future.

    We currently have a JOBS bills and RE-REGULATION OF THE BANKS bill ready for vote and passage in the Senate. Ask Republicans why they are playing their usual delay games on these bills? They all talk and NO action. Time to rid America of these unpatriotic do-nothings.

    February 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. jbakaregit

    I just read what he's doing to Virginia schools, workers rights, and am not surprised in the least.

    He spelled out exactly what he would do in his thesis that he wrote at the young and impressionable age of 34. They ignored it and are now paying the price.

    I wish he did go to the CPAC b/c they aren't even trying to hide what they're about and what they would do should they assume power. There are no masks involved at CPAC.

    Virginia, good luck to you. I pray you'll hold McDonnell accountable.

    February 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. mary

    good for him. I am glad he is not like the rest of so called republicans.
    Any place that Cheney is so welcome is a kiss of death for the party.
    Go ahead republicans have your fun that is all you can do.

    February 19, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. nadine

    I too watched and listened to the CPAC convention. Let's be honest and clear, "this is nothing more than a "hate fest". These people do not mean nor bring any good to America. What's really sad, these people claim to be "Christians"! No wonder unbelievers don't believe!

    February 19, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Hi I'm TriG, and my mommy scares me :-(

    I have yet to hear ONE single legislative bill or proposal during this conference that would help Americans. Not a ONE!!!!!!

    Over 4,000 troops dead.

    No WMDs

    No bin Laden

    Terrorism is stronger than ever

    Yup, I trust Republicans

    February 19, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    Dick Cheney is a kiss of death
    Really?? Does Coakley, Deeds, and Corzine know that? I'll bet they have a different idea as to whom the kiss of death really is!!

    February 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. just say no!!!

    @JLM February 19th, 2010 3:31 pm ET
    Smart move. I agree!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Deb N Texas

    He wasn't sent to Washington to a job. He's the governor of Virginia idiot.

    February 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. W l Jones

    Govern Mcdonnel anSen. Ascroft see the hand writing on the wall! the conservative can no longer bring the bacon home and keep a straght face. Bless those who can see beyound the end of there nose.

    February 19, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Michael from Ventura

    Maybe he doesn't want to be seen in the midst of all the loonies.

    February 19, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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