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. MakeThemEatCake

    screwing investors for personal financial gain is fine and good if you have the U.S. Courts to hide behind. Policies he has spewed about, charging allies for U.S. military prescene, make good sound bites when speaking in front of crowd of people hoping to go back in time when the U.S was a respected nation, but years of telling the world that we are better than they are do no play well in a global economy. You see, we are more dependant on the rest of the world, financially, than the rest of the world is on the U.S. True we buy more than they do but we are buying stuff on credit. And telling THOSE creditors they will have to take ten cents on the dollar is not going to be something that can be negotiated in U.S courts. So, I am sorry Donnie, the U.S. is struggling to make ends meet and that is how the rest of the world is treating us and will continue to do so until we get our financial house in order. And we the people do not, cannot, take your message seriously. go home and think of ways to market your name, it is all you have left.

    March 6, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. STan

    When was he ever in politics?
    He has to be one of the most useless businessman wanabee, maybe
    just perfect for a politian, hey it almost got Romney elected!

    March 6, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. sim namore

    Keep talkin' Donnie–just keep tallkin'. You are the face of irrational American greed–with a mouth like a sewer and the moral sense of a tick. Just keep talkin'.

    March 6, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. v_mag

    I heard an "expert" on CNN last night trying to distinguish between CPAC and the RNC. He could have explained it with the old Etch-a-Sketch metaphor. CPAC is the crazy(est) wing of the party, representing the teabaggers. They are the ones you need to win primaries in states with districts so gerrymandered that the nutcakes become a powerful force. You have to throw them some red meat, so you hire Delirium Tremens.

    When the primaries are over, you shake it up. The RNC corresponds to the general election, where you need enough misguided and naive people, thinking maybe you're not really all that bad, to put you over the top. Trouble is, that didn't work at all last time, and it surely will be even worse in 2016.

    March 6, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. John

    There he goes again!! Everytime he's photographed his mouth is flapping. Being a liberal, I hope he is the nominee for that party/

    March 6, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Tom

    Dear Americans: Are you tired of listening to the political rederick? Are you fed up with promises that never are kept? Well, now that the 2014 mid term elections are near it's time for ALL to put an end to the crap that Washington has been feeding us. I am not referring to any one political party because nothing will change at the present state of doing business. So I propose that ALL Americans do the following in the coming months prior to the election.
    1-Their political voice is no longer accepted. We are tired of listening to empty words.
    2-Stop the blame game it accomplishes absolutely nothing.
    3-Attend every political rally in your area.
    4 At the rallies demand to see A WRITTEN PLAN on how they will fix this country, their words are meaningless.
    5- Demand ALL political candidates post on their website their resume, including political experience and accomplishments
    6-Demand that the WRITTEN PLAN is posted on their website.
    If they do not have a WRITTEN PLAN going into office then they are followers not leaders. We need leaders of this country with vision and experience not rookies like we have now.

    March 6, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The Mitt Romney invitation actually makes sense to me. He is still, more or less, the default leader of the Republican Party after all is said and done. I suspect that this gatheering could be used to pass the torch of leadership, but that remains to be seen. Judging from the invite list, who could Romeny possibly pass it to? Trump? Perry? Santorum? Rubio?

    March 6, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. ShawnDH

    Donald Trump is a particularly vile human being/orangutan. Truly a disgusting creature. He makes humanity worse.

    March 6, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Moonraker

    Trump is a narcissist and a pretty dumb one at that. His extreme political positions are the same positions that cost the GOP the election last fall. No one likes fat, bloated, angry, white, male bullies who are on the wrong side of every social issue.

    March 6, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. brian

    CPAC is toxic for the GOP right now, just look a the lineup... more of what is hurting the GOP with voters.

    March 6, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Iowan

    Anybody else get tired of seeing that permanent pout on Trump's face? Every time I see his picture, he has that same expression. Makes me cringe.

    March 6, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Ginnyg

    Oh goody - Donald is providing comic relief after listening to hours upon hours of political double nonsensical rheotric.

    March 6, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Betsy

    I guess the Republicans still haven't learned a thing. WOW ! I would have thought they would be staying away from this idiot and others like him. Amazing !

    March 6, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. TheObserver

    The Donald is working on his legacy. He wants to be remembered as the banner carrier for the last-gasp efforts of the thankfully dying entitled, crooked, bigoted groups we're so lucky to have here in America. Seriously, who else will all the older generation racists have to cheer for if Donald Trump doesn't get involved?
    I think that it will have a nice silver-lining though. I think Donald Trump will pick up the baton as the extremist candidate and maybe force the other Repubs running to lean back to the center. He thinks it might actually work (see Santorum, Rick) but obviously it will just expedite his irrelevance. We all know he's on a racial crusade, and a crusade to keep the status quo, financially speaking. We all know its going to be a massive failure, now we get to sit back and watch as Donald slowly realizes the same thing. Grab some popcorn.

    March 6, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. freedom

    @Rudy NYC
    This president does not honor the Constitution and its wisdom to encourage a free people in this country. Obama is the one trying to break the fiber of our country and promote anarchy. That's what you voted for.

    March 6, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Breaking News... Breaking News... Breaking News...

    Chris Christie has officially been invited to the CPAC. Teapublicans had an eleventh hour emergency meeting last night and have decided that Christie has earned his stripes once more and should be invited to the CPAC since he has officially blamed the sequester on President Obama.

    March 6, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. laughingstock

    Inviting Trump instead of Christie just shows how the CPAC (and the GOP) are severely out of touch with the majority of Americans. Sure, they are right in line with their very extreme base, but they seem to have forgotten in the past 5 months that pandering to your extreme base doesn't win elections.

    March 6, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Grady

    the Donald Trump show continues...America's No. 1 clown.

    March 6, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    MakeThemEatCake

    screwing investors for personal financial gain is fine and good if you have the U.S. Courts to hide behind.
    -----------------–
    Trump doesn't hurt his investors. They are his only means of survival. He usually hurts small contractors the most when he files for bankruptcy with one of his "development" companies, which construct the properties that "management" companies lease to clients. When the building construction is completed, the "development" company, which was created exclusively for running the construction site, files for bankruptcy.

    More times than not, another comapny that has already been created to manage the property will buy out the bankrupt "developement" company for pennies on the dollar. Later on, he sells the "management" company, and all of the bankruptcy filings associated with the managed property, to someone else. He makes his most of his millions by selling these "management" companies, which lease the use of the name "Trump".. Notice how small the initial investment is in the "management" company.

    March 6, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Jack

    Please say it is not so!

    He is not successful, he has gone bankrupt 6 times, he has 1/2 the fortune his father left him, he has married a divorced how many times?

    And the Republicans. and the Conservatives tolerant this guy!

    March 6, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. T

    ......Hey, who's that guy with the dead vole on top of his head?

    March 6, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Kerry

    Good, he can only hurt the GOP which a plus for Democrats.

    March 6, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. glorydays

    Trump for Pres. Honey Boo Boo for VP !

    March 6, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. TexasAnnie

    Are these "conservatives" nuts?? Trump is no true patriot or business success... he'll put the screws to ANY body to make a buck & grandize himself. Do they not take into account how he filed bankruptcy (more than once) & left the vendors on his projects hanging high & dry (putting many of them out of business). Does it not bother them that he's cheated on all of his wives in his quest to always have the newest hottest arm candy hanging all over him? Where are those TRUE conservative patriotic family values??? Trump is a user & would throw his first born under the bus if it made money for him.

    March 6, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Mr. M

    The dead rodent on the top of Trumps head is a metaphor for the GOP. It will go the way of the Whig party.

    March 6, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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