For GOP, 2012 campaign starts at CPAC
February 9th, 2011
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For GOP, 2012 campaign starts at CPAC

Washington (CNN) - Thousands of conservative activists are descending on the nation's capital this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day political carnival of speeches, strategy sessions and after-hours networking.

With less than one year to go before the Iowa caucuses, this year's event has added significance: A bumper crop of would-be GOP presidential contenders are slated to address the conference in an effort to burnish their conservative credentials and charm the Republican base.

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  1. ReFascistican

    There is already division amongst ReFascisticans because they don't want gays to attend the conference. That's a good way to show diversity in a party that is primarily white. Poor Log Cabin Republicans.

    February 9, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. diridi

    These GOPers are going to lose like crazy....it is 2012 prediction....Obama is going to be another term president. Nation is going in right direction....it is focusing on Manufacturing, and Agriculture....etc., exports to emerging markets....o.k...yes, it is now going in right direction......colleges are reducing tuition and other expenses..Immigration is restricted...etc., .

    February 9, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. Marcus

    What? More lame jokes about the Obama administration? More debunked lies shown as the real deal aletrnatives to the current policies of the govt.? More 'Hey far righters!!! LOOK AT ME!!!! I am a REAL American!!!! I (just pretend to) think like you!!!!' speeches from the usual candidates to candidate?
    Surprise the world CPAC, and show some elegance and brains this year.

    February 9, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. PalmReader

    What? No stage-prancing, bobbling-head Rush Limbaugh? How utterly deflating.

    February 9, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Hey Spin Masters, this "carnival" you wrote about who will be trying to "charm" Republicans........is a SPIN that just does not work any more! Republicans ARE Conservative! Why don't you try to "spin" something else like; the majority of Americans WANT ObamaCare, or Obambi will be reelected.....or some OTHER UNTRUTH!

    February 9, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    I wish just one reporter (Just One!) would ask any member of the GOP why socialism is ok for corporations, but not ok for those just struggling to maintain the basics, like food and shelter? Why won't the house stop funding, let's say, oil companies for research and exploration, when they make more money that any of us could ever begin to imagine? Please, just one of you guys, ask that question, please. Why are government handouts ok for those who don't need them, but not ok for those who would die without them? Please.

    February 9, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |