Trump will speak at CPAC
March 5th, 2013
03:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Trump will speak at CPAC

(CNN) – Business and reality show star Donald Trump will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, according to press release from the event's organizer that was distributed by Trump's spokesman Tuesday.

In the release, the American Conservative Union's president Al Cardenas called Trump "an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives."

"I look forward to welcoming him back to the CPAC stage next week. Mr. Trump's previous CPAC appearance was hugely popular among our attendees and we expect it will be even more popular this year," Cardenas wrote.

Trump last spoke at CPAC in 2011, when he was publically flirting with a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. He eventually said he wouldn't seek the nomination since it would mean giving up his reality show "The Apprentice."

That didn't stop Trump from playing a vocal role in the presidential contest, coming out in support of eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney at an event in Las Vegas. He also helped fundraise for Romney.

Trump also revived his "birther" criticism of President Barack Obama last spring, dismissing the birth certificate released by the White House in 2011 showing Obama was born in Hawaii as fraudulent. Contemporaneously published newspaper announcements also noted the birth in the Aloha State.

During his speech at the event two years ago, Trump criticized Ron Paul as unelectable, eliciting boos from supporters of the then-Texas congressman.

CPAC is considered a key speaking engagement for any Republican thinking about running for president in 2016. Politicians who are thought to be considering presidential bids and are on the CPAC speaking list include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Also on the roster are Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, will also speak at the conference.

But there has also been a notable omission from the speaking list: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. A person close to CPAC said last month Christie wasn't invited to speak at the conservative conference.

CNN's Steve Brusk and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: CPAC • Donald Trump
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Really

    and the hits just keep on coming...

    March 5, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Losers...past, present, and future. The GOP is doomed......... and I love it

    March 5, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Mark in Seattle

    How's that re-brand comming along? Republicans........all you can do is laugh at em. Well, that and shake your head.

    March 5, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Mikey

    ..thus forfeiting CPAC's last shread of credibility. Oh, heck. Who's kidding who? CPAC has zero credibility – nothing to lose by inviting the Donald or anyone else. The description of CPAC as the bar scene from Star Wars is very appropriate.

    March 5, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Isn't the clown car full by now?

    March 5, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. TM

    CPAC will NOT invite Gov. Christie, who is one of the most popular and efective elected officials in the country, but they WILL invite the King of the BIRTHERS?! The Grand Old Tea Party has unquestionably "jumped the shark"!

    March 5, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Of course, Trump. They'll slip the Grand Limbaugh in at the last minute. Guaranteed.

    March 5, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    They booked time for his tinfoil toupee to say a few words as well.

    March 5, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. MaryM

    More clowns, CPAC needs more clowns.

    March 5, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    This clown sure has been silent the past 4 months. Anyone that believes the GOP is planning to change doesn't have a brain in their heads. And why should they change? They are counting on less blacks voting and more voter suppression. Even if they don't legally win, they will by cheating.

    What a pathetic place where skin color decides how far you will go.

    March 5, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Grow up already...

    The party of Stupid strikes again...

    March 5, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. harry Baxter

    Every day, I say a "Thank You" to The Lord for making this boob a Republican!

    March 5, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. us_1776

    I just love beating this guy up.

    Trump, go back to your silly shows.


    March 5, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. kayla

    looney tunes

    March 5, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Oh to be a fly on the wall..........

    March 5, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Jim Hahn

    The CPA likes the idiot Trump, but snubs the practical candidate Christie. Hmmm, how do you spell irrelevant?

    March 5, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Who's left from 2012 that hasn't been announced yet? Soon now the Grand Old Party is going to have to start rebranding the rebranded (that helped lose last two elections).

    March 5, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    There's another related article on the Political Ticker, folks.

    "Not inviting Christie to CPAC is 'suicide' for GOP, King says" was posted 3 days ago, March 1st, 2013 @ 07:40 PM ET

    March 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. tracy

    good luck folks

    March 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. ljjm

    Give. Us. A. Break. Haven't we been subjected to enough of these buffoons?

    March 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Kowalski

    If you are going to have a gathering of the goof's, you'd better invite the goofiest of them all.

    March 5, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. MiamiMikey

    Let me get this straight – Trump who is not or never will be an elected person for any office gets to speak, and the RNC snubs Christie from NJ, the most popular republican they have seen in years! The republican party is a joke when they invite this TV joker with bad hair!

    March 5, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Tom

    Rick Perry is a Fraud

    March 5, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. ghostriter

    Oh BOY! This outta be hilarious.

    How many losers can you pack into one space? Ask CPAC.

    March 5, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Mike

    That's the most loose definition of "success story" I've ever seen.

    March 5, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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