February 21st, 2010
08:28 AM ET
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Conservatives wrap up meeting, eye midterm elections

Washington (CNN) - Conservatives wrapped up a three-day meeting in the nation's capital on Saturday and headed back home looking ahead to midterm elections they hope will be a springboard to take back the White House in 2012.

More than 10,000 people attended the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that featured speeches from conservative leaders, potential presidential candidates and training sessions for grassroots activists who serve as the foundation of the Republican political base.

The unifying themes over the three-day conference were fiscal discipline, less taxes, limited government, and the speakers sought to play up voter frustrations, while predicting a comeback for the GOP in November, a little more than a year after suffering political losses.

For the handful of presidential hopefuls, the conference was an early audition and an opportunity to test political and policy themes. U.S. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana made no apologies for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress, telling attendees Friday that he proudly wears the "Party of No" label that Democrats have tried to pin on Republicans.

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  1. RTB

    The majority of the American electorate are not stupid. Although there are some may that will fall for the right wing rhetoric yet again.

    But these gas bags are so obviously grabbing at straws, it is pathetic.

    Particularly astonishing is having Gingrich give a key-note speech. It is a riot. He is spewing the same old fear mongering crap that got them into power the last time.

    Then they went about their typical systematic routine of debauchery. Leaving the country raped, incredibly in debt and completely demoralized.

    February 21, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Over the Bush years, there was no fiscal discipline, the size of government increased, unnecessary wars were not funded or planned to last more than a few months, there was no attempt to fix health care when the GOP controlled everything, those who benefitted from the tax cuts were the wealthiest, we were not kept safe (217 terrorist attacks on U.S soil in 2001 and 77 more in 2002). We abandoned the principles that made our country great by allowing torture and wiretapping. Quite a record for the worthless party of fear, hate and lies.

    February 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Marc

    Ideas? Besides Ron Paul they didn't bothered to give some.
    Lame jokes? There were a lot of them.
    Criticism of the government agenda? They could only talk about it.
    Alternatives to the government agenda? Besides Ron Paul, none of them bothered to show one.
    Self-sanctimonious speeches while demonizing those who doesn't think like them? Plenty of it.

    And there's always the possibility that these people get voted coming November...

    February 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. jerseylou

    Well back to the drawing board to see what chaos, mayhem and anarchy to do list.These people are nothing but home grown terrorist.

    February 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I thought Obama fixed all of that. He didn't? Well why not? He spent close to a trillion dollars giving money to ACORN and SEIU projects and UAW. You mean that didn't fix things? Well then what did that money go for?

    February 21, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Fed up Monority

    What was accomlished?...........Any solutions.......you have to be crazy to vote repug.....they have nothing to offer but the same old lies and deception.......I WILL ASK AGAIN......WHAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN AMERICA'S TIME OF NEED!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Marty, FL

    The same old tired fallacies from my former Republican Party:

    "tax cuts" = for the rich
    "limited gov" = actually expanding government while in power
    "fiscal discipline" = GOP record-breaking debt AND Republican co-sponsors voting against the deficit-reduction bill

    But it sadly does not stop a disingenuous GOP from pandering to anyone still gullible to fall in-line with the nonsense and against their own best interests. iNo mas!

    February 21, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Vigla

    Yeah, proudly wear the party of No label. You are a member of Congress. If you hate government so, why be a part of it? RESIGN!

    February 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Mark S.

    The unifying themes were hatred for Obama, embracement of personal attacks promoting violence against people who disagree with them, and a desire for America to fail. The Conservative Traitor Action Conference is a more accurate description..... led by the Traitor Cheney.....

    February 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Fitz in Texas

    Being an Independent I'll make it a point to vote Republican. We'll rid ourselves of the Democrats that put themselves before We The People and this country. After we clean that mess up we'll clean up the mess of Republicans that put themselves before We The People and this country.

    February 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. ted

    More blowhards from the Repubs. So now they want the White House back? To do what, exactly? A repeat of the atrocities of the Bush administration? A repeat of huge deficit spending on two insane wars? A repeat of the patriot act that took away personal freedoms? A repeat of the failed Katrina response?

    Sorry, it won't happen. You are just going to repeat the same old crap with the same old Palin/McCain/Romney/Huckabee/Jindal/Cantor/Boehner and the Faux news organization. Forget it. I have seen what you can do and it frightens me that the Republicans will eventually get back in to the white house.

    Obama/Biden FOREVER

    February 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Vigla

    This disingenous dithering by conservatives is frightening. The current crisis we are in IS THEIR FAULT! So in politics, just turn it around and start blaming the other guy for not getting us out of it fast enough or with the wrong policies. Frankly, it's sick. Conservatives need to wake up and smell the coffee. Admit that their policies need revision and a more moderate course is what the people want. They want ideas from both sides incorporated. Just saying no because you refuse to allow any liberal policies to pass is going to backfire. Wait and see.

    February 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |