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. Just a thought

    Hey....let's all stand in silence for the death of the GOP/Re-dumblicans – Tea Potty pants party. The only thing that remains are the knuckle draggin' mouth breathers that support this collaboration of Idiots. I've seen a few of them posting their usual stupidity about Pres. Obama here.

    March 5, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Robert

    How can Trump get "back" into politics when he was never in politics in the first place. There is no chance whatever that Donald Trump will ever be elected to any office anywhere in the know solar system. Unless its King of Buffoons.

    March 5, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Tom

    Now Nutfest '13 has a headline act.

    March 5, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Dallas

    My God, CPAC is nothing but a true ship of fools. Has the Republican party learned nothing? Didn't the election teach you anything? Don't you understand the mood of the country? Truly sad.

    March 5, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess this adds to the insanity of conseratives.

    March 5, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Chipster

    It's astonishing that Republican/Tea Party folks continue to believe anything and everything these nutcases (Trump, Rush, Beck, etc.) tell them. No matter how ridiculous it sounds...no matter how much evidence refutes their claims...no matter how obvious it is that the majority of voters prove that sane people are not buying their nonsense...the GOP/TP extremists still believe the craziest of craziness these charlatans throw out there. I understand Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity, et.al. because they are laughing at their audience all the way to the bank. But Beck & Trump actually seem to believe their nonsense.

    March 5, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. bro

    getting back into politics,,?? he never was just,, another run a way mouth

    March 5, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. emmy

    Snub Gov. Christie and invite Trump? They still have learned. Stuck on stupid.

    March 5, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  9. Anne

    I agree with you Barbara. However, the "establishment" Republicans didn't "get it" in time to find their own candidate for the next election. I seriously doubt they'll figure it out. One can only hope this will change.

    March 5, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. One who pays attention

    The invited speakers read like a list of the front line of right wing nut jobs. Governor Cristie, you're best to avoid this compilation of delusional losers ( Ryan, Romney), uneducated and ignorant imbeciles (Perry, Walker) wannabe pseudo-ethnics (Jindal, Rubio), political dynasty disasters ( Bush) and out-and out loonies ( Paul, Santorum)

    March 5, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. Jim g

    Trump a great President, are you kidding me. Calling others half-wits after making that statement, make half wits, genius's on your IQ scale. No President will allow terrorist to succeed, Dems or Repubs. You may not agree with their ideals but that is why there are elections. Good Americans unite after elections, sore losers whine.

    March 5, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. buzz

    I can see Ronald Reagan's shaking his head, dumbfounded with the absurdity he sees before him saying: "There ya go again Donald!"

    March 6, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  13. BillP

    The Donald should move to Italy – he and Berlusconi would make a great team!

    March 6, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. North Dallas Don

    So Trump is labeled an "American patriot." Evidently it doesn't take much to be considered a patriot these days. I have come to the conclusion that when I am listening to Trump speak I am wasting my time listening to nonsense that only resonates with the nutcases among us, primarily in the Tea Party.

    March 6, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  15. Royal Flush

    Trump who has never won an election will speak while Governor Christie will not? Smart GOP politics which the Democrats must be loving.

    March 6, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  16. nightsong

    This is good news Trump. Speak loudly and clearly. America needs to hear much more from you, and more often.

    March 6, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  17. Drake

    We all know why Christie is out. He supported Obama's support of hurricane Sandy's victims.

    You are with them 100% or you are OUT. There is no middle ground with the GOP anymore.

    March 6, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  18. Thomas

    Donald Trump / Gary Busey , now that would be a winning ticket in 2016.

    Or maybe Meatloaf or Kid Rock.

    March 6, 2013 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  19. breathe deep

    Nothing says rebranding and reimagining quite like keeping all the same pillars in the same place.

    March 6, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  20. GO_GOP

    Good. He is what the GOP and the USA need at this moment. Tough, successful, rich businessman who knows how the economy works. No comparison between him and the failed law professor / community organizer we have in office now. Trump/Santorum 2016.

    March 6, 2013 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  21. David Crosby

    If Trump is a Patriot ..I am the Tooth Fairy..These people surely must read polls and surely must realize that the Republicans and their Tea party buddies are all standing on the deck of a sinking Titanic and acting like they are relevant...Much funnier than TV...

    March 6, 2013 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  22. Rob

    Spare the United States of America from the indignity of sending in the clowns. No wonder the Conservative right has no support! What is wrong with you people down there?

    March 6, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  23. Alan

    That clown was never in politics. He was only in self promotion. Enough already.

    March 6, 2013 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  24. gregory21

    That's right gop'ers, let the duck keep quacking for you, and you'll never win an election.

    March 6, 2013 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  25. BobMelbourneFlorida

    Trump... a no-class self-promoting blowhard with bad hair ... nah, not my first choice for ANY political office. The man is dumb as a brick...knows NOTHING about politics... if I didn't know any better, I'd swear he was a Geo W clone!

    March 6, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
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