Rand Paul to speak at key conservative conference
January 15th, 2013
08:41 AM ET
10 years ago

Rand Paul to speak at key conservative conference

Washington (CNN) - A second possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House.

CNN has confirmed that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will address CPAC, which this year will be held March 14-16. Last week the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual conference, announced that Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman and last year's Republican vice presidential nominee, will be a featured speaker at the gathering.

CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, and it's boosted the presidential campaigns, or ambitions, of many Republican candidates. The annual CPAC GOP presidential nomination straw poll is considered a key gauge of conservative sentiment, and garners much media attention.

Paul, who was elected in 2010 with strong support from the tea party movement, is the son of former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who was the 1988 libertarian candidate for president, and who made bids in 2008 and 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination under the mantle of libertarian conservatism.

Last year, soon after the presidential election, the younger Paul said he was interested in running for the White House in 2016.

"I am different than some in that I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," Paul told ABC News.

CPAC, which turns 40 this year, will be held for the first time at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, in Prince George's County, Maryland. For years the conference was held at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in the nation's capital.

Rand Paul's address at CPAC was first reported by Politico.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Is it me, or does Rand Paul offend people most every time that he opens his mouth. He's against the Civil Rights Act. He's against the Voting Rights Act. It's almost like it's him against the world. Rand Paul is bad for the future of the Republican Party. They can follow him over the cliff if they wish, but the majority of Americans don't want to go there.

    January 15, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. chilly g

    im a black democraft and i though i could never vote for a republican but this guy rand paul is different he put
    country first not party.

    January 15, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    What all I advise to GOP is there is a planet called EARTH, you need to come down to this planet where humanoids live and thoroughly comprehend it.
    PS: leave the greed in other planet wherever you are descending from, focus on manufacture in USA with Oil-independence.

    January 15, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. nra_fan

    He voted against the American people in the fiscal cliff debate. How is he going to represent us? His ideology in spending reductions is based on inadequate understanding of how sovereign governments and debt work. He is part and parcel, of the dysfunctional government we have – not the solution.

    January 15, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Why would I or anyone else in America care who Rand Paul addresses, or why? This man will never become President of the United States, and quite frankly, Rand Paul isn't going anywhere politically. The truth be told, he's more comedic than political. If CNN wants to help the RNC, it will leave off the Paul coverage. America had enough RNC comedy in 2012 to last a lifetime. The Tea Party is yesterday's news.

    January 15, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. rs

    No doubt he'll be furthering the anti-civil rights, pro-discrimination, anti-government movement that is doing wonders for Republican popularity outside of the "Angry Old Man" voter block they currently have a lock on.

    January 15, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Sniffit

    There he is folks....the future mayor of Glennbeckistan, the new "libertarian community," including amusement park, residential area and a "deprogramming facility," that Beck wants to build in the wonderful, should-have-let-them-leave-in-the-first-place state of TX.

    January 15, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. trex

    .................Gee, I wonder what Ayn, ...............I mean Rand will say...................

    January 15, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Sniffit

    ""In the absence of an agreed and credible medium-term deficit reduction plan that would be consistent with sustaining the economic recovery and restoring confidence in the long-run sustainability of U.S. public finances, the current negative outlook on the 'AAA' rating is likely to be resolved with a downgrade later this year even if another debt ceiling crisis is averted,"

    Every GOPer/Teatroll in the country just read that as though it's taken from an instruction manual on "how to destroy a Dem POTUS and win back control over the country."

    January 15, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. MaryM

    Just another irrelevant TPer. The TPers will go down in history as a joke just like the birthers

    January 15, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. blekk

    what time is he speaking??

    January 15, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Just a thought

    Rallying the Tea-Fools...That's a new idea. How has that worked out – idiots

    January 15, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    although it won't happen because the GOP isn't THAT stupid, but this guy in 2016 would be an epic landslide victory for the Dems

    January 15, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    I think people like Rand Paul that always like comparing the Obama administration to being a king or a dictatorship should go over and live in a country that has a dictator like Syria or some third world country with little or no government and see what it is really like. I bet he would be trying to get the first plane out of there to come home but as far as I am concerned he could stay there.

    January 15, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Just a thought

    LOL....The Re-Dumblicans = the party for the greedy or intellectually deficient. i.e. dumb.

    January 15, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. rs

    Rand Paul should try Somolia some time- they have precisely the government (or lack therof) he likes. See, folks, that's what the GOP wants to do to America.

    January 15, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |