CPAC knocked for inviting Mitch Daniels
January 11th, 2011
01:49 PM ET
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CPAC knocked for inviting Mitch Daniels

Washington (CNN) - A growing number of outfits are planning to boycott this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of right-leaning activists in Washington known as CPAC, in part because organizers are welcoming a pro-gay Republican group into the fold.

And one of the groups pushing the CPAC boycott, the American Principles Project, took fresh aim at the conference Tuesday for inviting Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who angered many social conservatives last year by calling for a "truce" on social issues while the country works through its economic problems.

"Governor Daniels' selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable," APP's executive director Andy Blom said in a statement.

Blom told CNN he sees Daniels having a difficult time winning the GOP nomination, or the general election, without the help of social conservatives.

"He has flown his white flag and he has surrendered," Blom said. "The foot soldiers in the conservative movement have for so long been pro-lifers. You can't win a national election by throwing these people away. We aren't going to stand for it."

Other potential presidential contenders committed to speak at CPAC are Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. John Thune, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Daniels has sent strong signals that he intends to run but has pledged not to make a decision until after Indiana's legislative session concludes in April.

But while his fiscally conservative record has made him attractive to the economic wing in the party, other conservatives were baffled last June when he told the National Review that the next president "would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues."

Daniels has not backed away from that assertion, however, ominously comparing that the country's debt problem to the threat of an invading army massing at the border.

Aides to Daniels did not respond to a request for comment about APP's statement, nor did a CPAC representative.

CPAC, meanwhile, has continued to take heat from conservative groups upset over the inclusion of GOProud, the pro-gay Republican group, and the management style of American Conservative Union president David Keene, who runs the event.

Among the influential conservative groups planning to skip this year's event: The Heritage Foundation, Tony Perkins' Family Research Council, Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, and Concerned Women for America.

Blom said he believes those groups will hold something of a rival conference later this year built around the annual Values Voter Summit.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "The foot soldiers in the conservative movement "

    What a timely analogy to be throwing out there. Kudos, Colonel Crap-for-Brains.

    January 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    This just makes me giddy. However, it gives me no end of trouble trying to decide whether the "non-negotiable, take no prisoners, never compromise, obey our conservative extremism, if you are impure we will destroy you, hey check out our fancy gun/revolution/war themed metaphors" conservatives prefer the taste of eating crow or eating their own...

    January 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. mm

    So called Christian conservatives sending out that brotherly love!

    January 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Former Republican, but never again!

    These right wing cazies just want to sing to the choir! I'm no longer a member of the choir.

    January 11, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Hmm, No Compromise/No Deals – just be FAR RIGHT and you're IN the CIRCLE!! Otherwise, you're "kicked to the curb."

    January 11, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Mah

    Republicans will never win another national election if they continue to have archaic views on women's rights/equality and gays. Plain and simple.

    January 11, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Mike Maz

    Too seeing these crazy religious groups sabotaging these things.. makes them look even more small minded as ever.

    January 11, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Brian

    Gay Republicans should feel proud. I certainly do not understand why gays would ever consider being in the Republican party, they are so not wanted. It only proves that they are putting their money over their societal standing. They are in constant conflict with these so called conservative values that the right winged Republicans stand for. They should figure it out and at least be independent.

    January 11, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. EddyL

    Right-wingers are dopes.

    January 11, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. MOUF

    Obesity is a sin, straight from the Bible, why arent these people of such moral highground trying to oppress these sinning fat people? Or how about the ones that are fat themselves? Its like they pick and choose scripture (or lack there of) for thier liking or something...

    January 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Pretzel Logic

    Keep it up Conservatives. It's your "purification" criteria that will destroy you and has directly contributed to the lack of decency in American Politics.

    January 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. LGNY

    So, these are the same conservatives screaming that the govt needs to pay attention to jobs as the top prioirty?!!!

    January 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. slipthalo

    These CPAC member who are protesting the 'hold' on social issues should remember.......Your mind is like a parachute, it works best when its open.

    January 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Kraznodar

    The boycott of CPAC is just a symptom of the disconnect between the extreme right wing and the remaining 90% of America.

    January 11, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    So funny, these people think they are conservative but they want government action on so many issues, i.e. abortion, marriage, religion, etc. Sounds like liberals to me, just want the government to regulate different issues than liberals, but still want government to intervene. Problem is, true conservatism died when the south and all those religious fanatics took over the republican party. Best choice today for a true conservative is just to stay home and watch this great nation disintergrate

    January 11, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. B

    Better not mess with the extremists...

    January 11, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Marty, FL

    Fortunately, our country already has a president that has called a truce on the so-called social issues. Americans do not have to wait for the next president for repealing DADT, passing equal pay for women, Matthew Sheppard Act, etc.

    It seems unfortunate that social conservative Blom decries "throwing these people away" while he is so willing to throw other fellow Americans away because of senseless bigotry and hypocrisy.

    Why does the media even continue giving so much attention to these PAC organizations? Aren't there enough special interests in our poilitics without giving more coverage to whether Heritage Foundation, FRC, or other lobbyists are throwing someone else under the bus? It seems during these challenging times there has to be more constructive news.

    January 11, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Remember, though, the GOP are the party of all people, reagardless of views.

    The GOP are quick to remind everybody, when the subject comes up, that they are the party that freed the slaves through Abraham Lincoln. Ask them, when they pose that retort, where Lincoln stood on civl rights and wait for the misinformation to pour forth..........if they know at all, which is highly unlikely given they have no time for facts.

    January 11, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Dave

    You have to love conservatives. These idiots talk all day about reducing the size of government, yet they have no problem with the government peeking into and legislating people's personal lives. They're nothing more than a bunch of drooling bigots who think their brand of morality trumps everyone else's.

    January 11, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. AEK

    And this surprises who?

    January 11, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. anagram_kid

    They just keep making that tent smaller and smaller...

    January 11, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Aezel

    Haters gonna hate. What can you say, at least the vast majority of them all cluster in the Republican party where sane society can keep tabs on them.

    January 11, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Squiggs

    Republicans still preaching hate. Why do they always have to hate someone.

    January 11, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Actually Mitch Daniels is the front running candidate of choice, for me, at the moment, from either party.

    Too bad the conservatives can't see what's wrong with their positions on abortion, gays, etc. Of course, those who would be dictators to citizens, rarely find fault with their dictatorial positions.

    What is needed, is more liberalism of individual rights, as citizens, and more conservatism on crime, with more severe punishments, and less coddling of criminals, that ruin our society, and more conservatism in fiscal matters, and foreign policy.

    In other words, the GOP has the cart before the horse.

    That doesn't mean I like the Dems, of course. Neither party is doing what they should be doing for the citizens, or the country.

    January 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Jamie from Riverside

    There's nothing quite like the smell of intolerance in the morning.

    January 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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