Trump will speak at CPAC
March 5th, 2013
03:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Trump will speak at CPAC

(CNN) – Business and reality show star Donald Trump will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, according to press release from the event's organizer that was distributed by Trump's spokesman Tuesday.

In the release, the American Conservative Union's president Al Cardenas called Trump "an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives."

"I look forward to welcoming him back to the CPAC stage next week. Mr. Trump's previous CPAC appearance was hugely popular among our attendees and we expect it will be even more popular this year," Cardenas wrote.

Trump last spoke at CPAC in 2011, when he was publically flirting with a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. He eventually said he wouldn't seek the nomination since it would mean giving up his reality show "The Apprentice."

That didn't stop Trump from playing a vocal role in the presidential contest, coming out in support of eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney at an event in Las Vegas. He also helped fundraise for Romney.

Trump also revived his "birther" criticism of President Barack Obama last spring, dismissing the birth certificate released by the White House in 2011 showing Obama was born in Hawaii as fraudulent. Contemporaneously published newspaper announcements also noted the birth in the Aloha State.

During his speech at the event two years ago, Trump criticized Ron Paul as unelectable, eliciting boos from supporters of the then-Texas congressman.

CPAC is considered a key speaking engagement for any Republican thinking about running for president in 2016. Politicians who are thought to be considering presidential bids and are on the CPAC speaking list include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Also on the roster are Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate; 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.

But there has also been a notable omission from the speaking list: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. A person close to CPAC said last month Christie wasn't invited to speak at the conservative conference.

CNN's Steve Brusk and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: CPAC • Donald Trump
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Did they remember to invite Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and all the other clowns? Please don't leave any of them out. It just won't be a a good comedy show without them.

    March 5, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    And the Kool-aide keeps flowing, and the blinkers keep getting passed out. My god, is this their idea of not being the stupid party? A man who has declared bankruptcy twice is going to CPAC? Buckley must be screaming....

    March 5, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Misery loves company.

    March 5, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    freedom wrote:

    Chris Christie isn't going to make or break the Republican party – no way – no how.
    ---------------------–
    I agree. But, you missed the point. Rep, King's point is that CPAC *can* and *will* break the Republican Party.

    March 5, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Pisces67

    Further proof just how screwed up they are. Trump over Christie?

    March 5, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Former Republican

    The CPAC speaking list include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Also on the roster are Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

    OMG! And this is the party that wants to take back the White House and the Senate? Are they going to show videos of Soupy Sales, Doodles Weaver and Pinky Lee?

    March 5, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. jake

    Really? They pass up Christie but welcome trump with open arms? Wow...you really can't fix stupid can you? can you say inept political party? i knew you could. gop = exctintion. and not a day to soon either.

    March 5, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. rs

    The asylum is complete!

    March 5, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Jeff

    The fact that CPAC invites Trump to speak and not Christie says all that anyone needs to know about why the Republicans are in so much trouble.

    March 5, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. mikem

    Trump = Whats wrong with America.

    March 5, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. RomneyWho

    And The GOP . . . "The Greatest Show", chock full of clowns, will be coming to a town near you! :(

    March 5, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. freedom

    Obama's failed leadership in the sequester will now allow people to carry knives on planes. He didn't need to cut the TSA budget – he refused to allocate the cuts in less essential areas. He is a failure. And Trump speaking is an issue? We have huge problems with this president – you people better wake up – it could be one of you sitting next to a crazy person with a knife on a plane – thanks to Obama!

    March 5, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Randy Beavis

    I think CPAC didn't get the memo from Jindal... they're continuing to be the PARTY OF STUPID... inviting quitters like Palin, losers like Romney and slimeball jokers like Trump!
    I think Dems will control all three branches for many more years to come!

    March 5, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. mike

    Of course he is. The media hasn't mentioned his name for about two weeks. Can't have that happen, we might forget he still breathes.

    March 5, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. mike

    Of course he is. The media hasn't mentioned his name for about two weeks. He can't have that happen, we might forget he still breathes.

    March 5, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Tom

    AWESOME. I miss the entertainment that is Trump. And this will go a long way in keeping the GOP down. I can hear the groans of the moderate GOP now. What did Gov. Bobby J say? "We have to stop being the party of stupid." Im so laughing.

    March 5, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. mb2010a

    "an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives."
    Ummmm...I wonder which one of his 4 or 5 bankruptcies they are talking about.

    March 5, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. The Republican Party forever

    Donald Trump is would make a great president. Just think a president that actually has experience in creating jobs. That would be a great. I only wish that he had carried the conservative banner in the last election.

    March 5, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Jinx9to88

    Trump, but not Christy? The Repubs are really losing their minds!!!! Wow!

    March 5, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. lolo

    What a hoot. LOL!!!!!!! Bring in all the clowns. Let's see, Palin Trump, Perry, Newtie, Limbaugh, Beck and the rest of the tea party nuts. Remember America a leapoard does not change their spots, and the Republican /TP Klan is proving that it is so true. Change my foot. They are still the same old party of racist hypocrits.

    March 5, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. BeverlyNC

    Just more proof how clueless and out-of-touch with the reality of America's status, needs, and what the American People have stated cleary they want. There is no new Republican brand. They are still the Party of extremists – the Party of hate, bigotry and lies. They will cheat to win. They will run unqualified candidates and listten to insane people like Trump, Palin, Romney, and still cling to absurd conspiracies like the "birthers". The Republican Party is dying from within from it own hate and non-reality policies. Trump? He is just an egotist who need constant attention to keep him out of bankruptcy. He is a joke outside the Republican Party. CPAC is still as ridiculous as ever.

    March 5, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Donald dump ,the moron with the animal on his head is a prime example of the gop conservative garbage ruining our country and picketing our tax money ,when you go to vote in the 2014 mid terms ,think of Donald dump ,that should be enough motivation for the gop slime to lose the house !!!!

    March 5, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. srgntyork

    Could they have picked a bigger joke? Wow lolololol

    March 5, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Jinx9to88

    LMAO!!! People on this blog is blaming the sequester on Obama and in return blaming Obama because TSA is allowing people to bring 1 inch knives on a plane. Neo-Cons are so crazy its funny!!

    March 5, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Permafrost

    i don't think he could possibly be any worse than GWB, but who wants to find out ?

    March 5, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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