CPAC: Keene kicks it off
February 10th, 2011
09:52 AM ET
12 years ago

CPAC: Keene kicks it off

Washington (CNN) - David Keene, the organizer of CPAC opened the three-day conference by addressing the appearance of potential presidential candidates before the conservative crowds.

"You will see, hear and I hope question many of the people who wake up in the morning and think they're going to be president," Keene said.

He then joked that the group won't hear from all of them because "we didn't have enough days to accommodate everyone who thinks they should be president."

Keene described the conference as "iconic art of the American political scene" and described what has happened in the last two years an "awakening," citing town halls about health care, the Tea Party movement and Republican gains in Congress in the last election.

"(This was an) awakening that became real even to some skeptics when a lot of the folks who had poo pooed this awakening lost their jobs in November," Keene said.

Filed under: CPAC 2011
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, we have the "plague of locusts", so can the tribulation be far behind?

    February 10, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. tony

    They have the same fundamental problem as religions. A minority who thinks they should have unlimited power over the majority. And needs to maintain the self delusion that they are always "in the right".

    February 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Russ

    Are we saying want to be President or Grand Priest of the United States? Obviously the Republicans think this country should be run by religious leaders, contrary to the Constitution. It's time to stand up to the Bible thumpers and demand an open minded leader. One that is concerned with the safety and economic recovery of this country, not the bible and their family values (no there's a laugh).

    February 10, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. james Miller

    More lobbiests there than politicians.-----– What a love fest that must be!!!! I could retire on just a small piece of the $$$$$ being doled out there.

    February 10, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Jimbo (The Real One)

    That's exactly why Sarah Palin isn't there. There isn't enough space on her palm (or in her brain) to answer unscripted questions...

    February 10, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Dave

    Looks like the idiots found their village....

    February 10, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. rusty155

    The Republican need to stand up for It self and quit being so scare of Saran Palin and the Tea Party. YOUR PARTY LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF WIMPS. MOST OF AMERICAN PEOPLE think Saran Palin and Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party are a BIG JOKE. They do nothing but spread hate and are Racist. We need too keep America moving forward not take It back to the 1800 century and have another civil war or something like that.

    February 10, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. jarhead

    Questions??? Oh, now we know why Sarah will be missing.

    February 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |