Trump will speak at CPAC
March 5th, 2013
03:43 PM ET
2 years 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. jdun

    GOOD! When the Donald talks more Americans move to the democratic party. What a joke.

    March 6, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Please go away, Donald Trump. Your selfishness and pompousness and your self-serving, self-absorbption are painful to hear about and your image being presented through various media outlets are painful to look at. You definitely are not all that you think you are in your narrow little mind and you need to just take some of your ill-gotten gains and just go away somewhere and leave us alone. Thanx.

    March 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    CPAC – "Conservative" Political Agitator Circus?

    March 6, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. FloridaRes

    Does this mean that Apprentice is failing? Because that was his "reason" for getting out of politics before! This man will help the Democrats. The GOP has not learned a thing – it was my party for 30 yrs and they lost me and many more. He is a dumb Birther...

    March 6, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. PuzzledInPeoria

    The only thing bigger than his ego is his hair. I never thought clowns were very funny, but I'll make an exception in his case.

    March 6, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    "Conservatives" are allowing themselves to become a BIGGER JOKE day by day.

    The CPAC Director, in justifying why they didn`t invite Christie, said he "body of work in 2012 didn`t warrant an invitation. I`m dying to know what Trump`s "accomplishments" were in 2007, `08, `09, `10, `11, `12. He is a con artist, a sham. Republicans need to deep-six the CHUMP if they hope to be taken seriously by thinking independent minded people.

    March 6, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. bxgrrl

    They're getting in line early to pack the GOP clown car...

    March 6, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Laurie in Spokane

    THANK you Donald. THANK you CPAC. Having Trump the chump promote his nonsense to your group is like guaranteeing more voters will join the ranks of Democrats or any other party NOT republican. You are so helpful.

    March 6, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. NickAnast

    In: Trump, Santorum, Romney, Paul, Bush, Rubio, Ryan, Jindal, Perry, West, Cruz

    Out: Christie

    And conservatives wonder why Democrats have won the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections...

    March 6, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Mr. Moderate

    I would like to thanks CPAC to keep reminding us why the Republicans got whupped in 2012. It amazes me that they are trotting out the same characters. Let's not acknowledge the future shall we?

    March 6, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. WVLady63

    WELCOME BACK MR. TRUMP! YOU ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THE WHITE HOUSE! HOPEFULLY YOU WILL RUN AGAIN! YOU HAVE MY VOTE!!!! It would be great to exterminate the White House and get rid of all of the DemocRATS!

    March 6, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. JerseyGeorge

    CPAC, aka, Clown Political Action Conference, has invited "The Donald" and anointed him as their honorary ringmaster. How appropriate. Now the big question will be whether or not the legendary king of bankruptcies drives the clown bus to CPAC's Big Top tent. I'm glad to hear that the republicans are going through a make over in order to appeal to a broader electorate base. Their fortunes ride with guest speakers such as: Rick (Ave Maria) Santorum, Allen (bomb thrower) West, Sarah (front porch extraordinaire) Palin, Ted (Joe McCarthy, Jr) Cruz, Newt (Breakfast at Tiffany's) Gingrich, Bobby (Creationist) Jindal, and James (Flat Earth) Inhofe. Wow, what a star-studded cast. Good luck to the party of blue smoke and mirrors.

    March 6, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. allens

    don't be so mean to him, he needs attention. besides, if rodman can get headlines, why can't donald?

    March 6, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Warren

    WVLady63 you are kidding right????

    March 6, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Bob

    CNN, Please stop!!!!
    Donald Trump has never been in Politics, he has never held a State and or Federal position. He has attempted at entering Politics at best, but he is NOT returning to Politics. You can not return to someplace you have never been unless it was in your dreams, which is most likely the case here.

    March 6, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. M-W-T

    Every one of them are LOSERS...........

    C'mon Man!!!!!.........Is that all you've got!!!!!

    March 6, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Bob Ramos

    One stupid man advising one stupid organization.

    March 6, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Thomas

    @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.

    Since when is an Opossum considered a rodent ?

    March 6, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    Trump Marina Casino was slod about 18 months ago, almost in recievership status. It had to be gutted and renovated to resotre it to a decent property. Trump Plaza Casino was recently sold for $20 million . . . ONLY $20M! That shows how much of a liability TRUMP`s name & involvement are. The new owner are going to RIP Trumps`s name off EVERYtHING as quickly as possible and will have to spend $180M to restore that property so that the floors don`t collapse. A "success story" Donald is not!. Is his show even on TV anymore? It`s very telling that the washed up celebrities had to be brought in as a draw because Donald has lost any appeal.

    March 6, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Joi Gibson

    Blah, blah, blah. Wonder if he will bring up birth certificates, college transcripts, or just be the President Obama basher-in -chief. For someone who claims to be so astute, he surely is obtuse not realizing that the majority of Americans do not like this continuing bashing of the President from someone with nothing else to contribute, even though they themselves might disagree with President Obama's policies. It is called being an adult and not a schoolyard bully.

    March 6, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. lkinaustin

    The only question left is: Who will be driving this CPAC Clown Car? Will it be Trump? Palin (can't believe the article left her out!)? Rubio? Romney? Bet it will have to be a Clown Limo with the likes of Trump and Romney, but then a limo will hold more clowns. Bring it on, GOP! You only help the Dems!

    March 6, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Martin

    They allow Donald Trump, generally a Conservative conspiracy theory whackjob to speak, but not Chris Christie, who enjoys over a 70% approval rating and is a rising star in the GOP?

    CPAC claims to be an event for "up and coming Conservatives" but so far is featuring Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, pretty much the old guard Conservatives across the board.

    GOP needs to move with the times or their lead in The House will be wiped out in 2014.

    March 6, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Martin

    WVLady63 "Hopefully Donald Trump will run again"

    He has never actually run. He thinks that "The Apprentice" is more important than the office of President of The United States, and you're publicly saying you will vote for this guy?

    March 6, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Alina77

    "Trump is coming back to politics" Well, wasn't he in "politics" already?

    March 6, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. JohnK

    Its just like the 2012 election never happened to the CPAC "true believers". If not for blatant gerrymandering of House districts, they would be completely out of power now.

    I am surpriised however that even CPAC members haven't gotten wise to Trump yet. He is truly a bizarre egomaniac.

    March 6, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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