September 18th, 2009
06:30 AM ET
13 years ago

2012 on the ballot at conservative conference

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will speak at the conference on Friday evening."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Conservatives will descend upon the nation's capital Friday for the 2009 "Values Voter Summit," the fourth annual gathering of like-minded political activists who will plot 2010 strategy and hear several potential presidential prospects discuss the GOP's future.

In-between speeches, attendees will also participate in forums with titles ranging from “Thugocracy: Fighting The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy” to “Global Warming Hysteria.”

Perhaps the most anticipated event of the weekend will be "2012 Presidential Straw Poll," the results of which are scheduled to be announced Saturday.

The potential Republican candidates on the ballot are: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Romney won a similar straw poll in February at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was held at the same hotel and featured many of the same speakers. Romney also won the last Values Voter straw poll - in October 2007 - when he narrowly defeated Huckabee in a vote that was open to both attendees and people who signed up to vote on the internet. This year’s survey will only be open to conference-goers.

Just four of the Republicans on the ballot will actually attend the event. Pence, Huckabee and Pawlenty will address the conference on Friday morning, while Romney will deliver remarks on Saturday.

Palin was invited to the event, but according to organizers, the former GOP vice presidential nominee never confirmed she would attend.

Among the other conservative luminaries slated to speak: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Miss California Carrie Prejean.

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Joe P.

    I wonder what color the sky is in their strange world.
    Global warming is already here

    September 18, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Talk about indoctrination...

    Irony 1,000,005: GOP 0

    September 18, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Wake Up

    Anyone but Obama. Look at what he does. Put's awful policies out there, then has his minions call anyone who disagrees racists. What a joke.

    He is a change, he's worse!

    September 18, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Hugo

    HMMMMMMM, Newt would probably be the most experienced that could pull together an awesome cabinet but Tim Pawlenty is a pretty smart guy also. Bottom line, anyone but a leftist liberal or we are done as a Super Power and at being the Greatest Nation on earth!

    September 18, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Jack

    What a sad collection of those from the "Do Nothing" Party. If I was a conservative (and there is an honorable tradition there) I'd avoid that collection like the plague. This is the saddest bunch of vitriolic, uniformed, self-absorbed, fringe politicians that's gathered in a long time. Their motto is (as they scream it in your face) "Do nothing!"

    September 18, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Tom C in NY

    Ahh yes, a gathering of the American Taliban!

    September 18, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. LacrosseMom

    "Global Warming Hysteria"????? These clowns are in deep denial.

    Reminds me of poor Galileo, who was imprisoned for years for saying that the Earth revolved around the sun!

    Ignorance is the disease of the GOP.

    September 18, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. ex-Republican

    What a bunch of hypocrites. The real Thugocracy are the Republicans, just look at the tea baggers and congressman from SC. Are we still debating "Global Warming". The polar ice caps and glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and these idiots thinks it is hysteria.

    I do hope that we see some people demonstrating againsts these idiots in Washington. We need to speak up and take our country back from the Right Wing Nuts. Let's stand up for America and not let these folks sway public opinion.

    Group for 8 years of Obama and 8 years of Hillary Clinton...

    September 18, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Pawlenty should be cast as the kid with the banjo in Deliverance!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. AARON

    Where's Mike Steele, the RNC chairperson?!

    September 18, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. cjr

    what a cast of characters! Republicans have been reduced to a comic book series. They forgot to ask Joe Wilson! This will be a really fun event

    September 18, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |

    Republicans now go for the look (and a few more brain cells)!

    Palin was just too dumb and they don't even admit it - oh no she is not dumb; she might not be as worldly as she could but definitely not dumb! Sure, McCain's bad judgment showed!

    Now Pawlenty! He's good looking, smarter than Palin, not a Mormon (not that religion matters but by some divine intervention, Romney got 90% of the votes in Utah! Hypocrites, help us figure! :).

    So, let's see what the U.S. will go for (looks or brains) in 2012!

    Without a doubt, I'll campaign and vote for Obama.

    - from someone who voted for Reagan & I'm not black.

    September 18, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Ben in Texas

    Thugocracy: Right idea, wrong party. The Thugocracy belonged to Bush/Cheney. That's what you call 8 years of lying, war, torture, wiretapping, and throwing innocent people in jail. The "vast left wing conspiracy" consists of the majority of Americans who elected Barack Obama, a man who is unacceptable to the wing nuts (aka, The Repugnant Party) because of his skin color.

    As for "Global Warming Hysteria", that's a hoot. These are the same folks who think evolution is just a theory and the earth is only 4-5 thousand years old. What would they possibly know about climate science? Ah, but they do know about hysteria, since it is a central part of their arsenal of weapons of mass disruption.

    September 18, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. American Girl

    So sick of the Republicans and the so call "Values Voters"/.... Please

    September 18, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Randolph Carter, a real American

    "Global Warming Hysteria"??? Nice. God forbid we should listen to scientists, you know, the people who study this stuff? Oh, that's right, I forgot, educated people are "elitists." Keep living in denial, republicans. Keep telling yourselves that there was no room for the dinosaurs on Noah's ark. I'm not worried about terrorist attacks or non-existent Iranian ICBMs. This country is doing a fine job of destroying itself from within. We are fast becoming a nation of poorly educated consumerbots. Your capitalist masters are proud of y'all. I take comfort in the fact that this country is getting younger and browner. That's what you're really scared of, isn't it? Becoming a marginalized minority. Maybe there's hope for us yet. Have a nice day!

    September 18, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Susan

    Yes let us hear about your great VALUES.......republicians have proven in the last few years with all your scandels that you are the last people with VALUES

    September 18, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Patriot

    The Repubs are the party of Big Corporations. They are against health care reform because it would diminish the profits of the insurance industry , which has given millions to their campaigns.

    And, In spite of scientists across the globe warning of the dangers of global warming, the Repubs call it a "hoax" to protect Brig Oil, which again, contributes millions their campaigns.

    The Repubs have NEVER cared about the people. They are all for big govt. when it serves their corporate allies (de-regulation, corporate welfare, etc.), but completely against it when it serves the people (healthcare reform, regulating polluters, regulating Wall Street, etc.)..

    Middle-Class Americans who support the Republican Party need to wake up! They are only being used as pawns for the Repubs to regain power so they can once again have their cozy, profitable relationship with Corporate America.

    September 18, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Garofulaar

    “Thugocracy: Fighting The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy” to “Global Warming Hysteria.”

    That tells you all you need to know about the conservatives. They are completely bereft of ideas and unfit to meet the challenges that the the US and the world face.

    September 18, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Stan Taulbee

    “Thugocracy: Fighting The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy”
    And THIS from a party that whips up hate against the POTUS with racial connotations?
    “Global Warming Hysteria.”
    Hmmmm....hundreds of scientists are wrong?
    Gee, everything the left wants to do the right opposes, because they LOST and can't get over it...

    September 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Angy

    who cares?

    September 18, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Big Ed

    What is Pawlenty's speech? "How I Continuously Delayed Sen. Franken From Taking Office"?

    September 18, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Troy from NJ

    They should just call it a voter summit. The transgressions of the conservatives over the last few election cycles and past few months shows the have no moral values. Its time for them to put that claim of moral authority to rest!!!

    September 18, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Wow. An entire convention dedicated to the goal of advancing the concepts of "ignorance" and "hate". But, then again, looking at the behavior of the extremist right wing over the past year, with their neo-fascist social agenda, I'm really not surprised.

    Hopefully, as with many such conventions....what happens in (this time D.C.) STAYS in D.C.

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Bob the Observer

    Never has there been as ripe a moment for a third party candidate as there is now. No, wait, I take that back. Lincoln was the last third party candidate that had an opening this big.

    Ron Paul needs to bolt the Republican party, and we need to elect a whole new slate of Libertarians, Constitution Party Candidates, and Independents (and not phony ones like Leiberman) who will not kiss the butt of some political party instead of making the hard decisions.

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Nick

    And just when one thought the Republicans couldnot sink any lower, they show all the world they can go even lower then before.

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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