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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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ferret out the BS

    2014 does not look too promising for the GOP with this line up.

    March 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Kooky, and insane. If the GOP wants to hitch their wagon to either of these 2 for 2016, they might as well just concede now. BBQ Christie is the only viable candidate they have and so far, the CPAC crowd is not with him since he had the gall to see the president, and commit high treason by not insulting him

    March 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Dylan - Changing of the Guards

    Are they the best TGOP has to offer? That speaks volumes.

    March 14, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. lolo

    There is no need to discuss the GOP's future. Everyone knows how it is going to turn out. Just like the GOP to waste time and money over what you already know the answer to. Dumb and dumber.

    March 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Cam

    Rubio has echoed the neoconservative foreign policy viewpoint many times. I think Rand Paul is more in tune with most Americans' views on foreign Policy. As a country, we're done with continuous wars and nation building, according to the polls on this issue.

    March 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Impressive rollout of the Republican rebranding. Rand Paul's dad was the keynote speaker at the John Birch Society's 50th anniversary banquet and ceremony. Marco Rubio's dad taught him how to lie about his past so that he can have an edge to get ahead.

    What's next? Anyone find that Sith Lord that's been controlling their thought processes, yet? I hope it's a Sith Lord responsible for their recent antics. I'd shudder to think if recent actions are truly representative of their natural state of mind.

    March 14, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If these two are the rising stars of CPAC, then CPAC should re-examine it's direction. The nation is very conservative when it comes to family and faith, but CPAC is losing it's credibility in these areas as the organization has become more about protecting the interests of the wealthiest 5%, and has turned it's back on the other 95% of Americans. Rubio and Paul are definately in the camp of the 5%!

    March 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Tea Party Thomas

    Things are looking up for the Tea Party-Republicans. Just think a country without commie liberal democrats.

    March 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Uncle S

    The US political scene does NOT need "stars." We need leaders!

    March 14, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. simp

    Wow evil is invading DC. with these clowns and west in town the people of DC need to stay in their homes until these evil, ignorant loser go home.

    March 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. RINO Bill

    Unelectable ... all of these CPAC/Tea Party pukes.

    March 14, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. muchthunder..little rain

    whats the rush...obama has yrs plus left...

    March 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Dave de la Plante

    The premise of Rubio's speach was that the middle class sets the US apart from the rest of the world. How can something so foundational to his speech be so wrong?

    According to the OECD, 18% of the world's middle class comes from the US, and it is in decline. 36% of the middle class is European, and 28% is from Asia Pacific. Consumption is 26%, 38% and 23% respectively. Of these three regions, the middle class is growing the fastest in Asia Pacific.

    Rubio's speech is nothing more than political rhetoric to convince Republicans that the middle class is as important to them as it is to Obama and the Democratic political strategy. The facts that the vast majority of the developed world is middle class, seems to be an inconvenient truth for Rubio.

    Who do these guys really think they are?

    March 14, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Outsider

    Here's an idea. Instead of trying to unite your party, why don't you try to unite the nation?

    March 14, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. rs

    If Rand and Rubio are the stars of CPAC, the clown car for 2014 has started to fill up. Paul has no hope at being the next GOP President, and Rubio will be on the wrong side of the immigration issue- either he will run against GOP doctrine (what ever that is at the time), or he'll be rejected by the lunatic base.

    March 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Truck

    Time to grow a pair & play the same game being played against them.

    March 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. 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.

    March 14, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Dave de la Plante

    Rubio's CPAC speech was an empty hue and cry about America's middle class and how it sets America apart from the rest of the world.

    According to the OECD, the middle class is strong when economic output comes from middle class employment. The OECD is projecting that middle class job growth in North America will remain flat out to 2032, while India, China, Africa and South America will grow substantially.

    Rubio, and possibly Obama for that matter, are selling middle class Americans a false dream. The only way that the US middle class will survive, is if they take their own future into their own hands. Washington is incapable of progress, when they are clueless about the middle class realities of the entire world.

    March 14, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. carlos

    rising stars ????? come on cnn...they are more like falling boulders and that goes to the canadian born sen. from texas with his fake texas "speak" accent.....rafael edward cruz.

    March 14, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Chipster

    Rand Paul called the Benghazi attack the worst tragedy since 9/11 and said he would have fired Sect. Clinton. I wonder what he would say about nearly a dozen embassy attacks that occurred when George W. Bush was president. I'm sure Sect. Powell and Sect. Rice would have also been immediately dismissed. It's surprising that he never suggested that anyone in Congress should be held accountable or at least resign for slashing funding for embassy security. Oops, I guess Rand Paul should be asked to resign immediately!

    March 14, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Rising Stars?

    March 14, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Lar 5

    CPAC = Lunatic escapees from the asylum.

    March 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Former GOP

    Rand Paul a rising star? Who makes this crap up?

    March 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    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.
    Danels is the former Bush admnistration budget official who had publicly predicted that the Bush Tax Cuts would create trillion dollar annual deficits within a decade. He'd also cautioned about how the entire economy could collapse under a recession because there was nothing for it to fall back on.

    In other words, he was saying the US economy was a house of cards just waiting for a strong wind to blow it over. Daniels was rewarded for his prophetic insight with a pink slip. They'd fired him. He'd be about as successful as Jon Huntsman. He'd be too easy a target for character assassination. Besides, he also has all of those skeletons in his closet concerning election fraud conducted by his own Sec'y of State in Indiana, whom Daniels refused to fire even after the man was convicted. It was not until he former state official was senteneced to prison, not the probation Daniels was hoping for, that he was literally forced to fire him. Kind of hard to be Sec'y of State from a jail cell,

    March 14, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Rubio, Rand Paul among the rising stars at CPAC"

    More like flaming bags of poo tossed thru the night sky at the American public to see what sticks. Just because they're still on the ascending half of the parabola doesn't mean they can defy gravity.

    March 14, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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