Possible 2016 candidates make CPAC pilgrimage
March 15th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
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Possible 2016 candidates make CPAC pilgrimage

Washington (CNN) - Nearly a dozen Republicans who might be considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 are auditioning in front of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which touts itself as the largest and oldest annual gathering of conservatives.

On Friday, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, will speak at CPAC. If Romney is the GOP's past, then Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky are the GOP's future.


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  1. rs

    CPAC IS Fun!
    Watching Rubio lay out the line that the GOP was the party that makes jobs, and the GOP was for the middle class was simply hilarious!
    Who knew these guys could be THAT funny?!
    Really? The GOP wants to raise taxes on the poor and middle class; they're against the livable minimum wage; they're anti-union; anti-worker's rights; anti-education; against student loans for higher education; against any social safety net including Social Security, Medicare, Medicais and unemployment compensation; against affordable health care; they stand for exporting jobs; hiding money and income in foreign countries; they are for tax breaks for the rich; they are for everything that works AGAINST actually having a thriving middle class. They have the least number of jobs created by nearly 10-1 against the Democrats,
    Lies? Or, is this simply another GOP "message" problem?

    March 15, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I know what Romney would say: Hi there, I know that I let you down. Don't hate me for that."

    March 15, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Just a thought

    How does this pass for anything other than a clan rally?

    March 15, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    I haven't seen so much GOPer bloviating since, well ... since I last watched Bill O'Reilly ... bloviate.

    March 15, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    Rudy NYC – "How does it get paid for? Isn't that the question the right wing always asks? So, ask it."

    The answer is ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH INVESTMENT. If you have a bank account the Bank invests the money by lending it. If you have a 401K, the $ is invested in stocks and bonds. ... ... ...
    You truly have no idea what is you just said, do you? I asked how would Ryan's Voucher program be paid for. Your answer is to use private equity. In other words, you enthusiastically suggest that the governmetn raid sources of private capital to pay for building the infrastructure needed to run a voucher program. You got only one thing right. Liberals would be against your idea.

    March 15, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Thomas

    Did Rubio compare climate change with Abortion ? I would never vote for a fast talking Rubio.

    As for Rand Paul , the guy is an actor of hypocrisy , he attics the President for having touch power , yet wants the power for himself in 2016.

    I'll pass on the two Tea party boys.

    CPAC should have asked Jon Huntsman to speak . He is not a child of the tea.

    March 15, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Bill, NY

    If the republicans really want a shot at this it has to be Christie or Huntsman. Having said this I will vote for the candidate that addresses the 12,000 pound gorilla in the room: The single biggest problem with national spending is theft and graft. Billions and billions are being stolen even at this very moment from every contract and program you've heard of and those you've never heard of. We must lose the mentality of "if I don't someone else will". This country should not be paying $800 for a hammer or $325 for a screw(no pun intended).

    March 15, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. B.

    CPAC is a display of political icons for everything that is wrong with the GOP and will continue to be because the Republicans are still out of touch with the country and do not have a clue.

    They are rapidly becoming irrelevant and will never be a viable force to win the White House until that happens.

    March 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |