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. sick of republican phonies

    Thank you, Donald! Please say something stupid, totally unfounded and outlandish! By maintaining high visibility, this oafish loser reminds the bulk of the country of the stupidity and extremism of the current conservative/Tea party morons.

    March 6, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  2. W.

    Mr. Trump precisely exemplifies the "Peter Principal." He is as relevant and notable as Sarah Palin; which is to say "not." Has Mr. Trump ever worn fatigues or been in a combat zone? He should live his Midas life stacking gold coins and let the rest of the world that functions nominally continue without his meddling.

    March 6, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. rich3

    great news....now if they can get herm cane back...smiles

    March 6, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  4. Craig in Pa.

    Thanks for the laugh this morning...are we this stupid anymore?? To even consider this dunce a political threat is a joke!

    March 6, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  5. Marcia

    Ann Coulter I have to give it to you -The Republican party lost just like you called it-and it looks like they are on their way to further losses-talk to them Ann-I always thought you were the crazy one-but you are Einstein compared to the clown car assembling at CPAC

    March 6, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Trump has spent the last four years bashing President Obama about the authenticity of his his birth certificate and grades. But as classy and professional as our President is, he has shrugged off the attacks and criticism as mere sarcasm. The President has even decided to show his birth certificate. Yet Trump continued to rile and question the authenticy of the President's birth certificate. Nevertheless, the President has smiled over the nonsense and continued to focus on the work to which the American people elected him to do.

    Two months ago, comedian Bill Maher sarcastically challenged Trump to a $5 million donation to his favorite charity, Hair Club For Men if Trump would prove that "he wasn't the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan" because of his yellow hair. Well, like Ms. Bachmann who once weeped over a simple flaky question and demanded an apology from a TV reporter, Trump is now crying foul play and threatening to file a law suit against Mr. Maher for calling him names. Hey, conservatives in this country never cease to amaze me. They like to call liberals names but when the tide is turned, they all run in a corner and weep like John Boehner. Let's face it folkes, if you cannot handle the heat, stop playing with fire or just get to hell out of the big leagues because sooner or later you're goanna get burnt. O' and by the way Mr. Trump, before you and your conservative friends decide to resume the name calling at the CPAC, perhaps you could relay this message to the rest of your conservative friends.

    March 6, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  7. fayray11

    CPAC must be where losers go to try out as warm up group to insane clown posse tour.

    March 6, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    freedom wrote:

    @Rudy NYC – Obama's trying to break this country. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
    ---------------–
    I agree. Pres. Obama is trying to break the chains of the economic apartheid that has festered for decades in this country. I support that idea because it is consistent with the constitutional duty of protecting the nation's welfare. Allowing our democratic society to devolve into a plutocracy with economic castes is not in the nation's best interests. Such an atmosphere will only nurture chaos and eventual anarchy.

    March 6, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  9. kathy

    This is an example of the GOP re-branding itself? What another stupid idea. This man is a national joke and wing-nut. NO ONE takes him seriously or thinks he is relevant at all. This buffoon speaking at this right wing circus will certainly rile up a lot of people...and I'm talking about people on the right. Baaaaad idea idiots.

    March 6, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. Tony in Maine

    The Donald and a Big Smelly Cheese. And I'll bet the crowd cheers wildly...

    March 6, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. gop usa

    This sickens me that they dont invite Christie,but they have the failed candidate cultist Romney and his Mormon Magical Underwear attend.........Has the gop learned nothing???? Trump,,Sarah,Romney, Rubio the token Anchor BABY are all big problems for the gop. I can honestly say I have not seen such a disapointing lineup of speakers and candidates as I have seen the gop come up with the last 8 years......Wake up gop before its too late,we need to get rid of shallow candidates like Romney,Rubio, Trump if we want to ever win an election...........Especially the way the gop has been pushing the token Anchor Baby Rubio lately.....have we not learned what happens when we force a candidate on the gop?Many gop hated Romney because of his cultist religion,his Mormon Magical Underwear beliefs,yet he was forced down our throats and many gop did not vote on election day.......Now the same thing is happening with Rubio.....Many gop hate him because he is a token to the latinos, he is a product of illegal immigration,and all Rubio is good for is Pandering to illegal Mexicans..........Please gop wake up and lets get a good candidate,no tokens,no fake christians or weirdo cultists

    March 6, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  12. Winning

    LOL what a circus this event will be. How can even conservatives take it seriously with this all-star lineup? What a sad, pathetic bunch of losers. It's even more depressing because we need a strong opposition party in the country, or preferably, parties. But this certainly isn't the way to get there. Most of these headliners are a total joke and embarassment to the conservative movement.

    March 6, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. MrBeenThere

    Have to admit the GOP doe's put on a pretty good show.............. A three ring circus every once in awhile keeps the country entertained.

    March 6, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Clarke

    Nothing but the best of the best will be at CPAC.

    March 6, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. Roger

    How do you know when your group is floundering?

    When it hires Donald Trump as a speaker.

    March 6, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. jb1963

    This is turning out to be the who's who of crazy town.
    I can't wait to see what material we get for SNL, The Daily show, Bill Maher and the late night shows.

    March 6, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. Yas

    Well this speaks volumes of the Conservatives mentality...They don't invite Christy but they bow down to this idiot...Jeez when is it going to END....

    March 6, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Trump is a perfect example of what you can do if you are fortunate to be born into money, and how to squander that opportunity and responsiblity into a massive ego-building exercise. A 3rd generation beneficiary of a New York slumlord is not an American success story, its an example of a plutocrat being able to game to system in his favor. If CPAC wants to present him as a shining example of their beliefs, by all means, do so. It only further illustrates how delusional the Conservative movement has become when they hang on every word of a bored billionaire who sues comedians for making him the punchline of a joke-wait, I forgot, he is already a joke.

    March 6, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  19. Too Much

    This puts the nail in the coffin for CPAC. True conservatives should be livid. Chris Christie? nah... Donald Trump? Sure!!!

    March 6, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. Buzz

    Hot dog! Letterman, Kimmel, et. al. will now have tons of new material to keep us laughing for the next four years.

    March 6, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. Dr Matrix

    This is what conservative consider a success story? Inherited his comany from daddy. Over-extended it and declared bankruptcy 3 or 4 times. Married several times to models, turning them over for newer models. I'll admit he does fit the Republican mold of being born with a silver spoon, not being expected to pay for things and not truely believing in family values, just nepotisim. No a lot different than the Kardashians.

    March 6, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. askdavey

    well there goes the gop;s chances at 2016......they could allways try for 2020,,,, lots of good music will go with the 2020 theme,christie should send the state police over to his hotels and get rid of the hookers now.....lol cops

    March 6, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. Bobpitt

    If the GOP has any chance to compete, they will have to rid of the crazy, CPAC are a loony bin they should warm up to the decent people in the GOP, such as Christy, Huntsman, and others, Palin, Beckman , trump are the worst it can be..

    March 6, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. LogicRules

    Wow, the true Republican success story...born on third base, bankruptcy a few times, over-blown sense of accomplishment, do what I say, not what I do, pompous, arrogant...yup, he may fit the cookie-cutter Republican candidate

    March 6, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  25. Paul

    Republicans keep saying over and over that they got the message from the last election and they are changing. Problem is they talk a good game but their actions show differently. Just look at the line up for CPAC and tell me they have changed. They will continue to lose support until they get rid of the extremists that are running the party.

    March 6, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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