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The point I walked away from this program with is that Security and national safety are major concerns for all Americans. When we, as Republicans allow Democrats to shut this discussion down with charges of racism and bigotry, we lose on the issue of security. In other words, without other discussion the president wins on security. Read more »
Congressman Paul Ryan hit the mark when he took the podium at CPAC. Ryan declared that the nation is at "halftime." "The first half of this fight was one where we saw the left unpluged. We saw what they want to do. The people spoke up - we have one of those great founding principles in this country that we have government by consent of the governed, and, you know what? The governed did not consent and there they went out of the mahority and we have a conservative majority in the House of Representatives now."
Ryan then went on to describe the policy battles that the 2011 Congress
Donald Trump made a surprise visit to CPAC 2011 to annouce his potential bid for Republican nominee for President:
I deal with people from China, I deal with people from Mexico. Other countries view our leaders as weak and ineffective. They laugh about what they can get away with.
Over the years, I've participated in many battles, and have come out very victorious almost every single time. I have fairly and intelligently made billions of dollars. This is an indicator of my abilities. I have always been told that people of great accomplishments cannot run for office.
Congressman Rick Santorum talked about American exceptionalism. Said Obama really does not belive American is exceptional. Criticized the Obama apology tour.
Talks about turning our backs on our allies. The worst was turning our back on the revolutionaries in Iran. Obama did not call the powers in Iran to step down. He sided with the people in power, our enemies. Now he sides with the protesters instead of our ally. Read more »
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich making a grand entrance to a standing ovation of presidential proportions. Looks like a president entering Congress for a State of the Union Address.
So, what is the state of Conservativism in America? Gingrich harkened back to second CPAC in 1975 when Reagan called for a bold colors proposal that led to the fall of the Soviet Union and strong economic growth. Read more »
Raul Labrador, U.S. Representative from Idaha, was born in Puerto Rico. As a Latino, he opens by taking note of the diversity represented by the speakers present today. He gives a stirring story about coming to the U.S. and the very difficult choices his mother faced. In 1981, his mother registered as a Republican.
Labrador talks about his accomplishments in the Idaho State legislature. He faced a "blue dog" democrat
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) Tea Party Freshman in the US House of Representatives. This is an excellent time to be a conservatie. Praised CPAC for their ongoing efforts.
I am nobody special. I am just a farmer. I know what the impact of big government is. In January, we made this the People's House again. Born and raised as a rancher and farmer. Learned from her Dad, "instead of complaining about something, why don't you do something about it?"
Sen. Pat Toomey R-PA Talked about his decision to run against Sen. Spector. He felt Republicans were not following the Conservative agenda they were elected to uphold. "We don't have to apoligize for being conservative. And, we can win.
Now it is the time for us to govern and this will be tough." Democrats have grown government by
Today is the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in Washington, DC February 10-12th.
Chairman of the American Conservative Union David Keene opens up the conference by saying, "This year, we're going to focus on people who are trying to change the world."
"Our keynote speaker once said, 'you really need to stay on top of these people' - once you are voted, you can feel yourself getting pulled away. But don't get seduced, remember what brought you here and do the job you said you were going to do in office. Michele Bachmann has never given in to those forces." Read more »