Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference
May 31st, 2014
03:43 PM ET
7 months ago

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

(CNN) – Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders.

The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week.

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Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference
May 29th, 2014
09:29 PM ET
7 months ago

Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference

(CNN) – Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he's against Common Core, the academic standards that have many conservatives decrying the program as an overreach of the federal government.

"I'm against the Common Core, and I don't want Louisiana to be in the Common Core,” he said to booming applause at the Republican Leadership Conference - the annual conservative confab, held this year in New Orleans.

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June 20th, 2011
12:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Booted Obama impersonator defends performance at GOP gathering

(CNN) - The Obama impersonator who stole the show at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this past weekend is speaking out against reports that he was yanked from the stage because of his controversial performance.

Comedian Reggie Brown told CNN's Kyra Phillips Monday that it was the length of his performance – not its content – that led organizers to escort him off of the stage, but acknowledged some of his jokes may have touched a nerve with the Republican crowd.
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Bizarre episode steals spotlight at major GOP conference
June 19th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Bizarre episode steals spotlight at major GOP conference

New Orleans (CNN) – Another straw poll victory for Rep. Ron Paul. A surprise second place finish in the vote by former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. And very well received speeches by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Related: Obama impersonator speaks out against GOP claims of inappropriate jokes

But all were possibly overshadowed by the most bizarre moment of the Republican Leadership Conference 2011, the performance of a President Barack Obama impersonator who was pulled from the stage after delivering some controversial jokes.
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GOP tensions on display at Republican Leadership Conference
June 18th, 2011
07:56 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP tensions on display at Republican Leadership Conference

New Orleans (CNN) - Conservative after conservative took the stage and railed against President Barack Obama at this week's Republican Leadership Conference, a three-day gathering of presidential candidates, party activists and political operatives in New Orleans.

But their sharp attacks were interrupted by stern warnings from party leaders to remain focused on winning in November 2012 instead of becoming preoccupied with ideology, litmus tests or silly distractions.
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Perry wows at Republican conference amid 2012 buzz
June 18th, 2011
05:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry wows at Republican conference amid 2012 buzz

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – As speculation mounts about his presidential ambitions, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a rousing and unapologetic defense of conservative principles on Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Perry repeatedly brought an audience of hundreds of Republican activists to their feet with a small government message reminiscent of the one that helped him win an unprecedented third term as governor last November.
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Huntsman surprises in big GOP straw poll
June 18th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Huntsman surprises in big GOP straw poll

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Jon Huntsman was a no-show at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, but the former Utah governor raised eyebrows with a surprising second place in the conference’s 2012 presidential straw poll Saturday.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who delivered a fiery and well-attended speech here in Friday, continued his record of strong straw poll performances and won the vote outright with 612 votes. Huntsman came next with 382 votes.
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Obama impersonator takes stage at GOP conference
June 18th, 2011
02:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama impersonator takes stage at GOP conference

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown was a surprise guest at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Brown took the stage to laughter and a few shouts of "Where's your birth certificate?"

Perry making early splash at major GOP gathering
June 18th, 2011
01:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Perry making early splash at major GOP gathering

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Rick Perry doesn't speak for a few hours here at the Republican Leadership Conference, but the longtime governor from neighboring Texas, who's flirting with a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, is already getting positive reviews from this partisan crowd.

As Perry arrived Saturday morning for a book signing, the crowd of at least 100 people briefly chanted "run Rick, run." His book, entitled “Fed Up,” was released last year.

Perry, who is scheduled to address the conference later Saturday afternoon, looked and sounded a bit like a presidential candidate this past week when speaking at Republican party gathering in New York City and an anti-abortion event in California.

Rick Perry in spotlight at major GOP gathering
June 18th, 2011
11:27 AM ET
4 years ago

Rick Perry in spotlight at major GOP gathering

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - It's 10 a.m. local time and it's already 89 degrees outside.

Inside, presidential politics will be heating up in a few hours, when Rick Perry will take the stage here at the Republican Leadership Conference 2011.
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