Perry to speak at CPAC
February 25th, 2013
10:58 AM ET
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Perry to speak at CPAC

(CNN) - Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the list of potential 2016 presidential hopefuls set to speak at a major gathering for conservatives next month.

Perry, who ran an unsuccessful 2012 bid for the White House, will deliver remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, hosted by the American Conservative Union.

"Governor Rick Perry has been successful in leading Texas with strong fiscally conservative policies," said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. "We look forward to welcoming Governor Perry back to the CPAC stage in March.

Perry, the 47th governor of Texas, spoke at the event last year shortly after he dropped his presidential bid in January. In his speech, he compared his candidacy to the "Aggies," the nickname for graduates at Texas A&M, his alma mater.

"Aggies never lose, we just run out of time," Perry said. "My presidential campaign just ran out of time."

Although he was no longer a candidate for the White House, Perry said "a committed 10th Amendment conservative I will be until the last breath I draw in my body."

Facing re-election in 2014, Perry said he plans to make a decision about whether to seek an unprecedented fourth full term in Austin in June, after the state's legislative session concludes. He also hasn't ruled out another presidential run.

Other Republicans who are thought to be considering presidential bids and are on the CPAC speaking list include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was last year's GOP vice presidential nominee; former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate battled Romney deep into the primary calendar; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, will also speak at the conference.

CPAC, which touts itself as the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, turns 40 this year and will be held March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland near Washington, D.C.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: CPAC • Rick Perry
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Don't ask him to name more than 2 things at the same time.

    February 25, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Cowboy Fonzie's "Oops Tour" has begun.

    February 25, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. cbr

    The list gets longer and longer. The leaders of the GOP will continue to let the conservatives rule the Party. They do not seem capable of bringing other groups along. As long as the only ideas they wish to express reflect the Conservatives within the party in order to win the nomination the GOP will not get the support of those who are moderate or heaven forbid liberal. The truth lies within the idea that all ideas should be part of the conversation and no one group should hold the power.

    Judging from what members of Congress and Governors who are Republicans are saying and what they are supporting we will not see a change in the GOP. Even if you want to vote in a primary or vote for a candidate you will be choosing between candidates who all look and sound alike. There are no differences nor are there new ideas.

    February 25, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, will also speak at the conference."

    One wonders why. Perhaps another Mr. Mittens presidential campaign bid in the works?

    Either way, it looks to be a repeat of 2012. Same clowns. Same car. Same message of incompetence.

    February 25, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Perry is just another lackluster name to add to a very mediocre list of potential presidential candidates for 2016. The Republican/Tea Party lacks new and exciting political talent to go along with their better ideas message.

    February 25, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Bill

    This event is notable for one glaring thing – all of the "keynote speakers" are losers of elections or are failed candidates for higer office. The list reads like a rogue's gallery of clowns: Palin, Santorum, Romney, Perry, etc. Too rich.ANd of course the wannabes will never be: Rubio, Jindal, Bush and Paul.

    February 25, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. v_mag

    They need some new names for these Repugnant money machines. How about "MUDPAC"? Has a nice ring and reminds us all how dirty politics are these days. It could stand for "Money Under the Door" PAC, and it could take contributions so anonymously that even North Korea could contribute to the next Repugnant presidential candidate.

    February 25, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Just because

    What a joke. Find out the punch line on the third dept. of govt.

    Rick Perry, CPAC, and the Tea Party, the combo pack of farce.

    Every day he is missing in texas, is a day of renewal for the state.

    February 25, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Evergreen

    Add McCain to the Biggest Losers Alumni Convention

    February 25, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I guess that they're going to wait until the last minute before the announce Limbaugh. There's just no way that they can overlook inviting the leading message for the right wing.

    February 25, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Pete

    Hope he's got his speech written down so he doesn't screwup like in the primaries..He should have his short term memory checked out ,might be dementia or alzheimers ,never know because Reagans wife ran our government in his second term because of it,REMEMBER I do!!

    February 25, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. California Gary

    Hopefully, Perry has learned his lesson and will not have any more than two agenda items to discuss with the group. Anything more than two is obviously above his pay grade.

    February 25, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    who cares oops

    February 25, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. lolo

    They are bringing out the clowns again? Palin, Perry Romney and the likes. They will never learn.

    February 25, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Expat American

    As long as folks like Perry and Palin (last year) headline events like the CPAC conference – the likelihood of a Pure Conservative in the White House becomes smaller and smaller – so welcome to Washington, Governor.

    February 25, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. J Jones

    If only Rand were more like his father...

    February 25, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Colorado

    From the American Conservative Union website:

    In 1974, then-Governor Ronald Reagan was the featured speaker at the first CPAC Presidential Banquet. President Reagan’s 1974 speech set a strong, uncompromisingly pro-freedom agenda for the conservatives, building upon the foundation established by Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign a decade earlier.

    Pro-freedom? Unless of course you"re a woman, or black, or hispanic (not cuban), or gay, or.............

    February 25, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Everyone has Freedom of Speech. No one deserves to be attacked for speaking up. But everyone has the right to put Foot in mouth. Such as some here. If you look like an idiot before you spout, why open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    February 25, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Thomas

    Not again , please !

    Why dose the GOP keep whiping Dead Horses ?

    February 25, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    I suppose the good news of out this is that while Perry is at CPAC, he's not doing further damage to women's health in Texas, nor adding to the state's $300 BILLION of debt.

    February 25, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    I hear that Gov. Perry is going to introduce his new "3 Point Plan" for debt and deficit reduction. It's called "Cut, Cut, Cut," and new TV host Hermain Cain loves it.

    February 25, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    the flat earth, creationist, old white men society is well represented...too bad for them that they're dismissed by the rest of the country

    February 25, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @Ray E. (Georgia) – If you look like an idiot before you spout, why open your mouth and remove all doubt.
    My dear departed father used to say "If at first you don't succeed, don't make a complete fool of yourself".
    Some of that advice (like Ray's) could be well used by many in the so-called "conservative" Republican party. The folks invited to CPAC simply do not get that they are the laughing stock of politics and completely irrelevant on the National Stage... mirror, mirror...

    February 25, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. tg

    California Gary

    Hopefully, Perry has learned his lesson and will not have any more than two agenda items to discuss with the group. Anything more than two is obviously above his pay grade.

    I'd rather live in Texas than in California due to Texas's great economy unlike yours in California. Guess when you have governors like California Governor 'Moonbeam', well, Texas just looks a lot better.

    February 25, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    This says it all to me. The GOP will NOT change and why should they?? After all Willard received 47% of the vote and he was a pathological, lying, flip flopper. They will put a supposed conservative forward.

    They are banking on a few things to get this person elected.....

    1. This time around there won't be a Barack Obama, that said they are hoping many blacks will not be as passionate about voting.

    2. They are going to lie and pander to the Latino community and hope it pays off, especially with Rubio and Cruz, headlining.

    3. Widespread cheating and gerrymandering. Changing voting laws, etc.

    The GOP is counting on these things to give them a win in 2016.
    They are also doing everything in their power to crash our economy, derail our recovery and tell everyone who will listen, that EVERYTHING is President Obama's fault.

    The sad part is many know the truth but could care less about it.

    February 25, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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