The straw poll is the climax of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, which is considered to be the most influential gathering of conservative leaders and activists. It will close Saturday with an address by former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum addressed the conference on Friday. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was invited but was instead campaigning in Maine, which will announce the results of its caucuses later Saturday. [CNN]
Yesterday, Mitt Romney used the word “conservative” over 20 times and said that as a governor, he was a “severe conservative!” 🙂
- Romney touts conservative bona fides at CPAC (guardian.co.uk)
- CPAC–Conservative Political Action Conference–2012–Videos (raymondpronk.wordpress.com)
- Severe Conservatives at CPAC, Contraception Conundrum at the WH, Double Booked in Maine (The PM Note) (abcnews.go.com)
- Dispatch From CPAC: Day 1, Mitt Romney Called a Mexican (crooksandliars.com)