Romney to give personal speech at CPAC
March 15th, 2013
12:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney to give personal speech at CPAC

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) – It's his first major speech since losing last year's presidential election.

So what will Mitt Romney say when he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday afternoon?

A source close to the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP nominee tells CNN that Romney will give a personal and forward looking speech.

After losing last November's election, Romney has remained mostly out of the range of cameras and reporters, other than an interview he did with Fox News earlier this month.

The conference, known as CPAC, is one of the oldest and largest annual gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country. At last year's confab, during the heat of the GOP primaries as he was battling for the Republican nomination, Romney described himself as "severely conservative Republican." The comment was quickly criticized by many other conservatives.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. emma

    Will Romney voice what he thinks fellow conservatives want to hear or will he reveal himself to help people better understand his real identity, whatever it is.

    March 15, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "After losing last November's election, Romney has remained mostly out of the range of cameras and reporters, other than an interview he did with Fox News earlier this month."

    I'm beginning to think Mr. Mittens hasn't yet accepted that he only got 47% of the vote and thus is still running his campaign on full speed ahead. Why else would he bother to try and pander to the very people who never wanted him as a candidate to begin with?

    Surely even Mrs. Mittens understands there will be no re-run?

    March 15, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Martha in CF

    Who cares what Romney says. It is usually lies that come out of his mouth anyway. I think it appalling that Chris Christie was not asked to be there. They picked Trump, Romney and Palin over Chris Christie!!!!!!! Typical redumblicans--they can't go and do positive things-it is all poison and venom......I can't wait for 2014.....

    March 15, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Dennis Freeman

    He is a front-runner for most irrelevant person of 2013.

    March 15, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Bev

    i love that man & i feel so sad for our country that he did not win

    March 15, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney's severe brand of conservatism is pretty tame compared to what the Tea Party has up its' sleeves.

    March 15, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney's invitation to speak at the CPAC is an indication the Republican Party is still in denial and unwilling to reinvent itself. Perhaps another devasating defeat in the 2014 mid-term elections will wake up the party of old white men.

    March 15, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Ove Sorensen

    He could always talk about "distressed asset manipulation". That's all he knows.

    March 15, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Anne

    Another round of idiotic posts bashing Romney. He is a successful businessman who could bring a more pragmatic approach about how to run this country. What do you have instead?

    March 15, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. PaulC

    Romney is that type of political hack that is for whatever he thinks will get a vote and able to change positions to fit the situation.

    March 15, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. lolo

    He will tell more lies like he did in the campaign. He should just enjoy his millions out of the limelight. He is not and never was ready for the big time. The man is a panderer period. Romney would have been nothing but a puppet for the GOP because he wanted them to like him. That is why he was flip-flopping all over the place. Tagg needs to ask his dad why was he lying. We know why, but can he be really honest with his family.Heck Stevie Wonder could see right through him and he is blind. @Bev Boo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Randy, San Francisco

    Romney's invitation to speak at the CPAC is an indication the Republican Party is still in denial and unwilling to reinvent itself. Perhaps another devasating defeat in the 2014 mid-term elections will wake up the party of old white men.
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    Nah. I don't hold it against them for inviting Romney. He's the closest thing that Republicans have had to a leader who's an actual politician since McCain/Palin 2008. That dynamic duo didn't pass the torch very well. They dropped it into the hands of people, the likes of which we haven't seen in decades" Beck, Limbaough, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc. Now Romney must either pass the torch, or double down on owning it, which they ain't going to let him do. This will be his political surrender.

    March 15, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. James Bond

    Bev,really, tell you what, take half your savings, an additional 20% of your paycheck, send it to the government, cancel your health insurance, and take a 20% paycut, that should simulate your wish

    March 15, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. James Bond

    And once you have lost your job, you wont be eligible for any assistance, vote republican everyone, they want to help you, just dont ask them to explain in any detail that makes sense, if your not rich, then your a fool to vote for them

    March 15, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. James Bond

    What an american, dodge taxes, and the draft, outsource jobs, steal money from employees retirement fund, your so right bev, what were we thinking?

    March 15, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Mark in Seattle

    Expect a whole lot of flip flopping. And that smug grin he just can't erase.

    March 15, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |