Trump will speak at CPAC
March 5th, 2013
03:43 PM ET
1 year 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. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Lying sack of fake hair! Why isn't this thing in a cage? I see it's also starting to campaign for 2016.

    March 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. bp

    "When you're born in this world, you're given a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you're given a front-row seat." – George Carlin

    Get ready for the CPAC freak show.

    March 5, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Logic N LA

    CPAC's hoice of speakers speaks volumes about who they are and thier values.

    March 5, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Donald Trump and Morning Joe / 2016

    Of Venezuela

    March 5, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Donald Trump will run for President again. It’s astounding, however, that he is the last to realize that his (non) electability in part is contingent on the fact that many voters are not going to elect a billionaire who cannot seem to afford a decent hair piece. What other important decisions would he be incapable of making?

    March 5, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. blake

    Please spare us arrogant RINO blowhard.

    March 5, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Jim

    There was a brief stupid vacuum in American politics with the departure of Mittens and Donnie was happy to fill it.

    March 5, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. CTYank

    Whatever any of these clowns say, it's true BECAUSE they say it. Can't be any other reason.
    Be grateful they're not broadcasting this poo.

    March 5, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. polnick

    There are few businessmen with the charisma of Trump, he is not a wallflower and enjoys being heard and photographed.

    March 5, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Gonzoinhouston

    Who's writing this speaker's list, SNL?

    March 5, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. BlueAlliance

    The arrogance of the GOP believing they are still relevent is astonding! One can only scratch their head in disbelief. The Stupid Party is living up to it's name once more!

    March 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Steve R

    Trump, Palin, Santorum. It's a proverbial Who's Who of speakers that CPAC will love. I wonder if Bozo the Clown is available.

    March 5, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Gino

    The Fox Political Comedy Show is ecstatic. Along with Bill O'Really and Rush The Gasbag, Combover will be right at home.

    March 5, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Gclure

    Trump speaking at CPAC? They're really scraping the bottom of the barrel. Is he speaking on a triple bill with Palin and Bachmann?

    March 5, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Ron

    So Christie isn't invited. Donald Trump is. The GOP continues to be the "stupid party:" (Bobby Jindal's description).

    March 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Better use of the time for the Trump comedy hour would have been to invite Gov Christie.

    March 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Larry

    How could Trump be getting back into politics? He was never in politics to begin with. I don't see that he's ever run for political office.

    March 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. scarf

    Chavez leaves the political stage and Trump re-enters it. One door closes and another door opens. Both make a similar contribution to rational political discussion.

    March 5, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Stan

    I find shameful in calling myself republican when leaders like santorum, trump represent my party. The hatred towards various groups that they preach makes me sick. SHAME! SHAME!!

    March 5, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. California Gary

    Trump good, Palin good, Paul good, Santorum good, Perry good,...........Christie bad. If you want to know what's wrong with today's GOP, there you have it in a nutshell.....literally a nutshell.

    March 5, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    As the Greedy Old People continue to pull their hair out over a black man in "their" WH, Trump the Chump will demo comb overs.

    March 5, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. yogi

    @freedom
    It doesn't make a difference whether your are on the CPAC stage or in the audience, stupidity in the GOP is glorified. The circus continues with busloads of clowns, what a freak show!

    March 5, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Mike McDermott

    Trump has truly written one of America's most compelling success stories. Wait.. I mean the late FRED Trump, the cunning billionaire who coddled and unfailingly bailed out the bloated fop we're dealing with now.

    March 5, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Drew

    Hahaha, like the GOP isn't already considered a freak show carnival act, Trump shows up. Yeah, that oughtta straighten things out :D

    March 5, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. qqqqqjim

    Oh no, no, no!!! Say it ain't so, Donald.

    March 5, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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