CPAC organizers concerned about jeers for Cheney, Rumsfeld
February 11th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
4 years ago

CPAC organizers concerned about jeers for Cheney, Rumsfeld

Washington (CNN) - Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference said they were concerned some of the negative reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld crossed the line and was inappropriate.

But they said the two speakers did not seem to mind. The conference is the annual gathering of some 11,000 conservative activists and has become an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Dick Cheney • Donald Rumsfeld
Criticizing Obama, Romney vows a different approach if he runs for president
February 11th, 2011
11:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Criticizing Obama, Romney vows a different approach if he runs for president

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney accused President Obama Friday of being a "weak" leader and specifically questioned Obama's handling of the economic crisis and foreign affairs.

"An uncertain world has been made more dangerous by the lack of clear direction from a weak President," Romney said in a speech before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference meeting here in the nation's capital.
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Do straw polls matter?
February 11th, 2011
10:21 AM ET
4 years ago

Do straw polls matter?

Washington (CNN) - OK. We admit it. We, along with the rest of the national political press corps, will be fixated Saturday on the results of the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Balloting will be open to the 11,000 conference-goers until Friday evening and the results will be revealed Saturday afternoon at conclusion of the three-day event, which is the largest annual gathering of conservative activists from across the country. And with just under a year to go until the start of the Republican presidential primary and caucus season, this year's event is considered the first real cattle call for probable and possible GOP White House hopefuls.
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Conservative activist raises concerns after comments from GOProud leader
February 11th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
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Conservative activist raises concerns after comments from GOProud leader

Washington (CNN) - The controversy over the participation of a conservative group of gay and lesbians as part of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference is taking a new twist. Al Cardenas, the new chairman of the American Conservative Union and a prime sponsor of the event, took issue with some comments made by a member of the board of GOProud. Already several prominent social conservative groups had decided to boycott the conference because GOProud was one of about 100 "participating organizations."

"We expect civility amongst all of our participating organizations, and I was concerned about statements on their website and comments made towards members of our board, participating organizations. And there is a certain amount of decorum we expect from anyone who participates as an organization here. After all they are not coming in as an individual activist. They are coming in as an organization," Cardenas told reporters Friday morning.
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Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference
February 11th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Washington (CNN) - Conservative activists have descended upon D.C. for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. CNN takes a look at who the key speakers are.

10:30 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney

–Former governor of Massachusetts
–Ran for president in 2008
–Widely considered a GOP frontrunner and one of the most prepared to launch a 2012 campaign
–Came out on top in the 2011 New Hampshire straw poll.
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Last minute Trump appearance sends press scrambling
February 10th, 2011
05:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Last minute Trump appearance sends press scrambling

Washington (CNN) - The unsettled and wide-open state of the 2012 Republican presidential primary race has a fidgety Washington press corps jumping at every new rumor, trial balloon and incremental tidbit emerging from the mouths of the potential candidates and their advisers.

Enter The Donald.
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Paul issues blunt economic course
February 10th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Paul issues blunt economic course

Washington (CNN) - Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul issued an economic call to arms Thursday, laying out the steps he said America must take to "avoid financial ruin."

Paul said the country needs to take a "long and hard look" at the military budget, address entitlement reform and abolish the department of education. He also said the proposal by House Republicans to freeze spending at 2008 levels is not enough to address the national debt.
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Cheney, Rumsfeld face jeers and cheers
February 10th, 2011
05:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Cheney, Rumsfeld face jeers and cheers

Washington (CNN) - The ballroom at the Conservative Political Action Conference was divided Thursday between boos and cheers as two Republican giants faced the crowd.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a surprise guest, presented former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the "Defender of the Constitution Award" at the annual conference of conservatives which this year has gained significance for being a cattle-call for potential GOP presidential candidates.
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Rand Paul on Donald Trump: 'his chances are less than my father's'
February 10th, 2011
05:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Rand Paul on Donald Trump: 'his chances are less than my father's'

Washington (CNN) - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is standing up for his Dad. In an interview with CNN he said Donald Trump will regret taking a dig at Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering.

In his first public address to CPAC Donald Trump said Rep Ron Paul of Texas "has zero chance of being elected" president. The crowd, filled with Ron Paul supporters, booed loudly. (Trump got a very friendly reception, Paul diss aside.)
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Trump: U.S. is a 'laughing stock'
February 10th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump: U.S. is a 'laughing stock'

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump told hundreds of conservative activists Thursday, that if he was president, he would take in "hundreds of billions from countries that are screwing us."

The comment repeated past statements from "The Apprentice" star, who has said he wants to put a 25% tariff on all Chinese imports, to level trade imbalances in the global economy.

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