Make it five and counting at CPAC
January 29th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
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Make it five and counting at CPAC

Washington (CNN) - Add another name to the list of possible 2016 GOP White House hopefuls who will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House.

The American Conservative Union, which runs the annual gathering, said Tuesday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, will address the conference, which this year will be held March 14-16.

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First elected governor in 2010 with strong support from tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives, Walker became a national name when he pushed through the state legislature a bill that limited the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers. The move sparked massive protests which resulted in a recall election, which Walker won. He's up re-election as governor next year.

"I am honored to welcome Governor Scott Walker back to the CPAC stage in March," said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas, in a statement. "As the first governor in American history to win a recall election, Scott Walker has galvanized conservatives around the nation united against government waste and Big Labor, and in favor of balanced budgets and lower taxes."

Walker is thought to be considering the possibility of a bid for his party's nomination. While not saying much on the issue, he has mentioned in interviews that he would like to have an impact nationally.

Four other Republicans also contemplating runs for the White House will also be speaking at CPAC: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, and Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate battled Romney deep into the primary calendar.

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.

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.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Boo

    I wish the GOP would go the way of the dinosaurs....EXTINCTION....

    January 29, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop hillbilly clown care is starting to fill up already for another gop train wreck in 2014 and 2016 ,it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of gop liers and bafoons ,they don't have a chance ,the whole country already rejected the gop liers and vote rigers .they couldn't even do that right never mind govern .

    January 29, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Sorensen

    This has to be a joke. Even the GOP could not choose a fool like that. He even looks like a fool.

    January 29, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    If there were a Hate Meter, it'd probably bust if placed near this gathering.

    January 29, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. critical thinking

    I just hope Biden wins the democratic nomination, then it wont matter who the republican candidate will be. The Repulicans will win the White House and will have majorities in the house and possibly the senate after the 2014 elections. Obama and his policies are the gifts that just keep on giving year after year of debt and over spending. I wonder if Obama will endorse Biden? Only time will tell.

    January 29, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. WillyNilly

    Take notice folks, Scott Walker is one of those Republicans who intends to continue the attack on the middle class, immigrants, women, and all other voting groups who favored Democrats in the last election. He'll talk nice and he'll even lie to gain votes in coming elections, but he's still a snake so don't pick him up.

    January 29, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Expat American

    The demographic voting landscape is changing and will continue to do so in a way that does not favor Conservatives at all.

    Conservatives are mistaken to believe that they will put one of their own in The White House when they consider non-whites, non-Christians and women as lower caste 'untouchables'.

    January 29, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, maybe he will be indicted before the conference. He gives Eagle Scouts a bad name.

    January 29, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. gg

    Obama won't endorse anyone ( Joe Baden or Hillary Clinton) in primary election until the winner emerge and that would be the smart way, my hope is that Joe Baden will not run just to avoid the bloody fight in primary.

    January 29, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. mike

    He is going to run for POTUS now that made my... day what a hoot....another clown car in 2016 is starting to fill up already!

    January 29, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Sue

    Keep up the great job, Gov. Walker. You've made our state a much better place.

    January 29, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. ghostriter

    Walker is a viable candidate. Ryan is as well. I think Rubio, Rand and Santorum don't have a shot.

    And when I say viable, I mean that they could win the primary. Walker is the sanest of the group right now. And the one least tainted.

    January 29, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Thomas

    Definitely not The Best or The Brightest !

    Scott Walker / Louie Gohmert 2016
    Mediocrity you can you can believe in !

    January 29, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Five speakers at CPAC so far, and not an original thought between the five. What a pathetic, clown car spectacle.

    January 29, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Facts don't Lie

    I think that they should invite Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and Gen Powell to speak also.....but then again they REALLY don't want to hear the truth at these places now do they?

    January 29, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Why would anyone vote for a Republican and expect them to then do what the voters wish? Republicans do not even respect the voices of the voters when they lose elecitons. What makes you think that would change should they win?

    Didn't the Bush-43 years teach us anything about their true motives and behaviors? Republicans claimed to be for "prosperity" and "economic growth" during those years. Believe it or not, there was incredible economic growth and prosperity during those years. But who were the beneficiaries? Who would be the beneficiaries of their proposed policies?

    January 29, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. nothing new here

    Yeah, these Republicans and their straw polls...ha ha.
    I thought they were going to do away with this symbolic tripe.

    January 29, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. GOP Fails Arithmetic & Integrity Tests All The Time

    This is CNN & other media outlets attempting to prime the pump for content now that Palin is departing the electronic bubble.

    How can a man, Walker, who decieved his electorate, have national aspirations. If anyone has exhibited the "King" or "Dictator" complex [which tea-partier Rand Paul tried to lay on the President] it is Mr. Walker. He has already displayed that he operates in an underhanded manner. Next.

    January 29, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. yogi

    What difference does it make? there will be another bus with GOP clowns in 2016.

    January 29, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. PJ

    "Walker is the sanest of the group.....and the least tainted"?????????????
    Wow, that doesn't say much for "the group", does it?
    But, then, this "group" has proven themselves to be losers, hypocrites, and void of anything close to reasonable.
    The cream of the Tea Party crop.

    January 29, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |