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.


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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. trent1280

    As if the Republicans don't have enough problems with crackpots?

    They run ex-witches, medical advisors who tell us that rape victims don't get pregnant, people whose foreign policy experience consists of seeing Alaska from their windows, dis-barred attorneys, and people who want others to "self-deport".

    And now the Republicans want to hear from the notorious Birther and multiple-bankrupt Donald Trump? The Donald who tells us to stop shipping jobs overseas, only to be caught manufacturing his Trump shirts in China and his Trump mattresses in Indonesia...

    Mr Obama must be very, very pleased.

    March 5, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. g

    a idiot convention would not be a convention without trump -get your tickets early-before they go on sale at half price

    March 5, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Jeb

    Ah yes...Republicans continue to corner the market on crazy.

    March 5, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. lensmith

    CPAC in not anything to concern one's self about if they are allowing someone like the Trump to speak. He says much about nothing.

    March 5, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. lac

    They dis Chris Christie.......and invite Trump.........Palin........Perry.........Romney.........Gingrich....Santorum.....West.....
    And they expect to be taken seriously?

    March 5, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. norma jean

    "LEAVE SOME PEOPLE TO THEIR OWN DEVICES AND THEY WILL EASILY DESTROY THEMSELVES"......... The Republicans just can't get a hold on any common sense!... They destroyed themselves during the last election with the"47%" and a number of other like errors...and they just can't seem to get their act together.looking to the future........ They are starting out again with eyebrow raising moves that will prove ultimately to be their undoing............"CHRISTIE......NO.......TRUMP...YES.....?????

    March 5, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Jack

    Media Hog! That's about all I can say!

    March 5, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. petena

    Bienvenido senor Trump. Its comedy time. Can't wait to laugh my head off.

    March 5, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. fullclarity

    Trump is an American windbag, not much else.

    March 5, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. bellarue

    This is GREAT news, and I can only hope it continues unabated. The more this obnoxious buffoon opens his trap, the greater the likelihood we'll be referring to President Hilary Clinton in four years time. Attaboy Donald, Keep up the great work!

    March 5, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. meh

    How can we keep this guy away? I hear salt works on slugs – maybe we can try that.

    March 5, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. wiseup

    Trump looks like an orangotang in a suit. the rest of the pool of fools. losers like Fibb Romney, and Paul Ryan. The delusional Rand Paul ( so he could fire Hillary Clinton) Bobby Jindal, And last but not least the thirsty Marco Rubio.and a few more. This should be good for a few laughs

    March 5, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. snowdogg

    Trump's involvement with the GOP is good news for Democrats.

    March 5, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Eric

    I guess we have to thank the Tea Party for keeping moderate, sane Republicans like Chris Christie and Jon Huntsman out of the political process, and push lunatics like Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump into the limelight. There aren't enough crazy Americans to elect them to high office, although apparently there are enough nuts in Minnesota to keep re-electing Bachmann.

    March 5, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. mike

    As a republican all I can say is that CPAC is a joke.they are not republicans they are conservatives and they need to start their own party

    March 5, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. George

    Oh boy! I cannot imagine American Politics without Trump!! What would Fox News do without him! It will be a sad day when he will call it quits!! Joker!!!!!

    March 5, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Donald Trump is a classic representative of the extreme fanatics that have gained control of what used to be a decent party. Trump is a legend in his own mind, and a true American joke!

    March 5, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. AK_steve

    Wow, you would think, after the embarrassments of the primaries and the election, that CPAC would have learned something.

    Nope, they're just getting dumber.

    March 5, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Glenn Rice

    The circus is in town.

    March 5, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. jack

    Every circus needs a clown.

    March 5, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. billy davis

    What's this the losers conference. Santorum, Trump and Romney? Baaaaahahahahahahaha.....

    March 5, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. cbr

    Donald Trump is now a friend to the GOP and the conservative PAC. Didn't anyone read his statements over the past year. He is all over the page and he certainly did not help the Republican ticket. He is a bit of a whiner and he has warned us about things that never happened. He is wealthy but that does not mean that he should be in politics. Think twice before you gave him a role. He burned lots of bridges in this last election.

    March 5, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. ronjayaz

    Donald "Duck" Trump is the Barry Goldwater of the Republicanters Party.

    March 5, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He has yet to produce his long form birth certificate for review! The one he produced last year was hand made with crayons.

    March 5, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Chip

    I would vote against any candidate backed by Trump. Period.

    March 5, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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