(CNN) – Real estate titan Donald Trump was all over the map Friday in his speech to conservatives, criticizing a range of Republicans from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to former GOP nominee Mitt Romney–and arguing that the country “is in a total mess.”
The billionaire also cooked up a plate of his own solutions for fixing the economy while speaking to the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Among his advice: Immigration reform could be a “suicide mission” for Republicans and taking oil from Iraq could help reboot the country’s economy.
Someone close to CPAC said Monday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t asked to attend by organizers of the event, which will take place in mid-March at a resort outside Washington. Officially, CPAC says they’re finalizing this year’s schedule.
Other Republicans who are thought to be considering presidential bids and are on the CPAC speaking list include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was announced as a speaker earlier Monday.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are also on the roster, along with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. FULL ARTICLE
By Kurt Schlosser, TODAY
Anderson Cooper and Madonna at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday, March 16.
The Material Girl was on hand to present Anderson Cooper with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation‘s Vito Russo Award, honoring openly gay media professionals who have made a difference in promoting equality.
“I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join,” Madonna said. “I think that’s f—ed up. I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees.
“I want to do good for the community. But most importantly I know how to scout for boys.”
(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. Paul won with 25% of the vote and finished slightly ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. In third place was former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 votes were cast by attendees at the three-day conference held at a hotel just outside of Washington. The straw poll is considered one way to gauge where the conservative base stands on potential Republican nominees. The ballot included 23 Republicans with a national political profile as well as spots for write-ins and “undecided.” FULL ARTICLE
THE DAILY BEAST
It was a session that was meant to help Republicans transcend their small-tent reputation. Then a white supremacist started talking segregation and everything went into a tailspin. The Daily Beast’s Caitlin Dickson reports. Plus, Michael Moynihan on the libertarian and conservative war at CPAC,Ben Jacobs interviews Rick Santorum, andmore dispatches from CPAC