Rosemont, Illinois (CNN) - Marco Rubio has repeatedly pushed back against talk of becoming Mitt Romney's running mate. The Florida senator has previously said, "I'm not going to be the vice president," and in another instance suggested former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the job.
Despite that, Rubio's name consistently percolates near the top of many potential VP lists.
Rosemont, Illinois (CNN) – Conservative leaders and grassroots activists, emboldened after a major victory in Wisconsin, will gather near Chicago on Friday with one main goal: plot more political wins in the Midwest.
Still celebrating Gov. Scott Walker's recall survival three days ago, conservative leaders and grassroots activists will attend the one-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Rosemont.
The location is noteworthy.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three of the four remaining GOP presidential candidates were taking their cases straight to conservatives on Friday with appearances at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Rick Santorum spoke to the group Friday morning, focusing his remarks not on his Republican opponents but on President Barack Obama. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich also were scheduled to address the influential gathering in Washington.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Republicans looking to take back the White House in November face a challenging political environment, a trio of conservative political observers said Thursday at an annual gathering of conservative activists.
The recent controversy over health insurance coverage for contraception may help to turn out Catholic swing voters in key states, but the observers also said the Republican Party would do well to have its own positive agenda and clear messaging if it wants to unseat President Barack Obama.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who endorsed Newt Gingrich after his own presidential bid faltered, said Thursday that the Republican presidential race is still a long way from over.
Perry said that Rick Santorum's victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado on Tuesday indicate that Republicans are not yet ready to get behind Mitt Romney's frontrunning candidacy.
Washington (CNN) - Thousands of conservative activists are descending on the nation's capital this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day political carnival of speeches, strategy sessions and after-hours networking.
With less than one year to go before the Iowa caucuses, this year's event has added significance: A bumper crop of would-be GOP presidential contenders are slated to address the conference in an effort to burnish their conservative credentials and charm the Republican base.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are off on various travels this week, culminating with the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will make three stops in Iowa on Monday as part of the Presidential Lecture series, sponsored by the social conservative group Family Leader. He will speak at campuses in Pella, Iowa City and Sioux City.
(CNN) - The annual Conservative Political Action Conference later this month will as usual feature a slate of Republican presidential hopefuls.
But the news just may be who isn't there.
Citing scheduling conflicts, Sarah Palin has declined to serve as the keynote speaker at the annual conference that has become a who's who of social conservatives and politicians seeking to curry favor with that influential wing of the GOP.
(CNN) – Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is opting out of an appearance at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), making him the latest Republican to the criticize what some have seen as a pro-gay tilt to the prominent conference.
"With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton told CNN.
(CNN) - Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune accepted an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February.
Thune spokesman Kyle Downey said the senator turned down previous requests to appear because of scheduling conflicts. The state's junior senator is sometimes mentioned as a presidential candidate in 2012, and the high profile conference has become a national stage for presidential hopefuls.