Rubio, Rand Paul among the rising stars at CPAC
March 14th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Rubio, Rand Paul among the rising stars at CPAC

(CNN) - Expect Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to follow up on his response to the State of the Union address when he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, according to a source familiar with his remarks.

And Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is also expected to have a big day, as he speaks a week after holding the Senate floor in a nearly 13 hour filibuster.

Rubio, widely considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will reiterate "why conservatism and limited government is good for the middle class," the source said.

He won't roll out any new policy positions. While immigration will play a key role in his speech–he'll argue that being conservative means being in favor of legal immigration–it won't be the focus.

Rand Paul is another potential GOP presidential candidate, and his camp is setting expectations high. The Kentucky senator sees the speech as an opportunity to establish himself as a mainstream Republican leader, according to a source familiar with his remarks. Until now, his most ardent following has come from the libertarian wing of the GOP.

The speech follows his filibuster last week of John Brennan nomination's to become CIA director, during which he gained a huge following online for his questioning of the Obama administration's drone program.

His remarks are described as "a uniting speech" which adopt a "a very serious leadership tone." He is trying "to reach out to all flavors of conservatism," the source said.

He will discuss the future of the Republican Party and how to talk about issues in a way that unites all members of the party, including immigration reform and school choice.

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  1. CB

    Rising stars? Or what is floating to the top of the cesspool?

    March 14, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Getoverit

    @Uncle S
    The US political scene does NOT need “stars.” We need leaders!
    I agree 100%. Let's start by talking about "Hollywood" Obama.

    March 14, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Sorry, GOPers. Until your party is ethnically and socially diverse, stops demagoguery and protecting the wealthiest of the citizenry your brand is toast. 2008 told you this. 2012 told you this. When will you wake up?

    March 14, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Little Rand

    I still say that Rand's toupee looks like Squidward sitting on a toilet bowl!

    March 14, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    The best candidate is the guy hose wife doesn't want him to run. Mitch Daniels is the guy that is needed........but the probability of him entering the race, is very low.
    What? The man who sold off management of his state highways to a Spanish company so he could balance his budget? Running a fire sale of public assets is NOT executive management, and will have disasterous consequences in the long term, as Indiana continues its descent to becoming the plantation slum of the Midwest. A declining standard of living statewide is Mitch Daniel's legacy.

    March 14, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. RomneyWho

    Republican's rising stars, not America's rising stars . . . Don't get it twisted! 🙁

    March 14, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. ST

    Watching Rubio talking at their CPAC, was like watching a robot being switched on to act. This man is not genuine at all and doesn't even deserve to be in a very short list of GOP stars. He is fake. I do wonder whether my grandma and others of her age understood what he was talking about.

    March 14, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Two rising stars with light so dim it can barely be seen.

    March 14, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. SufferingGOP

    Good thing Rubio has that water bottle within reach this time...

    March 14, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. eviltaxpayer

    More fresh faces for the angry intolerant liberals-
    They preach tolerance and diversity but spew hate and rage on anyone who disagrees with them!

    March 14, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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