CPAC knocked for inviting Mitch Daniels
January 11th, 2011
01:49 PM ET
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CPAC knocked for inviting Mitch Daniels

Washington (CNN) - A growing number of outfits are planning to boycott this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of right-leaning activists in Washington known as CPAC, in part because organizers are welcoming a pro-gay Republican group into the fold.

And one of the groups pushing the CPAC boycott, the American Principles Project, took fresh aim at the conference Tuesday for inviting Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who angered many social conservatives last year by calling for a "truce" on social issues while the country works through its economic problems.

"Governor Daniels' selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable," APP's executive director Andy Blom said in a statement.

Blom told CNN he sees Daniels having a difficult time winning the GOP nomination, or the general election, without the help of social conservatives.

"He has flown his white flag and he has surrendered," Blom said. "The foot soldiers in the conservative movement have for so long been pro-lifers. You can't win a national election by throwing these people away. We aren't going to stand for it."

Other potential presidential contenders committed to speak at CPAC are Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. John Thune, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Daniels has sent strong signals that he intends to run but has pledged not to make a decision until after Indiana's legislative session concludes in April.

But while his fiscally conservative record has made him attractive to the economic wing in the party, other conservatives were baffled last June when he told the National Review that the next president "would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues."

Daniels has not backed away from that assertion, however, ominously comparing that the country's debt problem to the threat of an invading army massing at the border.

Aides to Daniels did not respond to a request for comment about APP's statement, nor did a CPAC representative.

CPAC, meanwhile, has continued to take heat from conservative groups upset over the inclusion of GOProud, the pro-gay Republican group, and the management style of American Conservative Union president David Keene, who runs the event.

Among the influential conservative groups planning to skip this year's event: The Heritage Foundation, Tony Perkins' Family Research Council, Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, and Concerned Women for America.

Blom said he believes those groups will hold something of a rival conference later this year built around the annual Values Voter Summit.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. anagram_kid

    Forget the boycott, they should just go ahead and form new party –The Intolerant Party. Their creed could be that education, the economy, healthcare for all citizens, and living in a safe modern society that can compete in the global market are meaningless goals. All that matters is dictating the sex lives of others; that should be the primary focus of the government. Best of luck to them.

    January 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. PalmReader

    "He has flown his white flag and he has surrendered," Blom said. "The foot soldiers in the conservative movement have for so long been pro-lifers. You can't win a national election by throwing these people away. We aren't going to stand for it."
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    Good grief. What absolute drivel this fool preaches.

    January 11, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. ST

    A house full of many cracks can not stand. I admire very much my friends on the opposition side (GOP)! 2012 can not come fast enough!

    January 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Sue

    Finally, a republican I can vote for! I am so tired of republicans shoving their morals down my throat. John marrying Joe, or Sue marrying Mary, or someone deciding to have an abortion, are not going to solve the financial crisis we are in. Our country in in a deep financial mess, that has been created over the last several years, and we need to focus our energies on the economy and jobs, not on social issues. Would you rather have no job and our country in financial ruin, but keep gays from marrying? I think a lot of you social conservatives would vote that way. It is a time for a change. Religion should play no part in politics.

    January 11, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Jason

    While economics is VERY important, conservatives can not afford to give on moral issues. Those on the left and in the "center" are pushing very hard to take morality out of our laws. Not only that, but many on the left would have your tax dollars funding abortions. If you want to murder your baby, to a certain extent that is between you and God (not that I wouldn't vote to make abortion illegal in this country), but DO NOT pay for it with my tax dollars

    January 11, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. mesamick

    These buy-bull bangin' right wing "family values" types are pathetic...What, they think they are gonna come down with a case of the "gay" 'casue the guests have gay cooties and it will rub off on them? Uh, I just answered by own question by askin' it...Sorry.

    January 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. LovesIrony

    The Heritage Foundation, Tony Perkins' Family Research Council, Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, and Concerned Women for America: If you invite groups and individuals that refuse to wear the nazi uniform, we won't go!

    Tony Perkins' Family Research Council: Certified Hate Group

    January 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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