CPAC organizers concerned about jeers for Cheney, Rumsfeld
February 11th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
3 years ago

CPAC organizers concerned about jeers for Cheney, Rumsfeld

Washington (CNN) - Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference said they were concerned some of the negative reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld crossed the line and was inappropriate.

But they said the two speakers did not seem to mind. The conference is the annual gathering of some 11,000 conservative activists and has become an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.

When introduced both men were greeted with a lot of applause but also with some boos. Cheney was greeted by a few attendees who heckled him about the war in Iraq and other issues. Several of them were escorted from the hall.

Cheney was a surprise guest and introduced his former colleague, Rumsfeld, who was being given an award at the event.

Asked on Friday whether the reception the two men were given did cross a line, the chairman of the event, David Keene, told CNN "I personally think it did, but it didn't bother either of them. They played off of it and it worked fine."

"We were concerned it had crossed the line, but the affected parties" didn't seem to mind, said Al Cardenas, who is succeeding Keene as chairman of the American Conservative Union, the main sponsor of CPAC.

Pointing out that many of the attendees have strong opinions, "You get a lot of rambunctious people on a lot of issues. There were a couple of people who complained about some of, some of the dissenters," Keene said adding he was sitting next to Rumsfeld, and he didn't see any signs the reaction he received bothered him.

"He doesn't feel comfortable unless there are folks there he can play off of," Keene said.

Cardenas said conservatives are known for voicing their opinions and pushing for individual freedoms. "And they take it to heart when they are here."

Both Keene and Cardenas added they believe it is important that the conference maintain civility.

And in the end, the former Vice President seemed to take it all in stride beginning his remarks in typical Dick Cheney style: "Alright, sit down and shut up," adding, "It's the usual spirited exercise."


Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Dick Cheney • Donald Rumsfeld
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. AEK

    That's okay Dick, you'll still be a big hit in Cell Block 23! You can even bunk with your buddy Rumsfield!

    February 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Ricky L

    "Crossed the line"????

    HELP!!!! Has this idiot been paying attention to the treatment President Obama receives on a daily basis from these same people?

    This was very mild in comparison.

    But I am glad to see a few conservatives finally turning on the architects of our Middle East Nation-Building Folly.

    February 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. allitrop

    they're used to getting booed. no biggie.

    February 11, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Marc

    Ha Ha. This was nothing compared to the reception these war criminals would get if they dared step outside the borders of the United States. The Hague Handcuffs would get slapped on quicker than you could say WMD.

    February 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Par for the course for wingnuts. They have been unhinged since the fake "grassroots" townhalls that the Koch Bros set up.
    If Adolph Cheney can't speak to his delusional mob ,he can forget it. It's okay because it didn't bother him.

    February 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Someday, they'll be boo'd in hell. How these two came to have any power is a complete mystery to any person that can think, or feel.

    February 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. MikeFromWV

    The jeers and boos are a surprise, considering the crowd they came from. But I welcome them, nonetheless. Those two men are surely deserving of the derisive comments. They earned them. My only wish is that either one of them would go on an overseas trip. There are many countries who would love to see them. I would, too, especially since our own President does not appear to have the desire to investigate and prosecute them for torture, himself.

    February 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. rs

    They are war criminals- what do they expect? Republicans need to get real!

    February 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Really?

    Both men 'took it in stride' because they are sociopaths who have blank spots in their personalities where socializatoin skills should be.

    February 11, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. payback

    ....But it's okay. To call President Obama a muslim terrorist, socialist and hitler...... These guys deserve to be dissed. They are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and a loss of many billions of dollars. They are lucky they only got booed.....THEY LIED AND PEOPLE DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. D. Bunker

    I suggest CPAC hold its next conference in Europe where it will be easier for Cheney and Rumsfeld to be arrested and tried for war crimes.

    February 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    They claim there is nothing wrong with bos and geering when it is done to President Obama and yet among their own group they claim it crossed the line of respect. I wonder if they know they are HIP PO CRITS.

    February 11, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Even Neo-Conservatives and Corporatists don't appreciate war criminals!

    February 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. OneMoreTime

    Hey, Ticker, just checking in and find it interesting that you are so wrapped up the CPAC nonsence but no story about
    the Faux Palin showing up, sent by her no doubt. "Crossed the line" concerns? This idiot crosses the line so many
    times it is hard to keep up yetyou are still drunk on their kool-aid. Check again next week.

    February 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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