(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
(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
“You are not going to believe this. Did you hear what Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just said about one of the most respected women in American history leading the Democratic ticket in 2016?
He called it, and I quote: “A rerun of the Golden Girls.” Seriously?
Now, this is not some fringe element of the GOP talking. This is the top Republican in the U.S. Senate — who, I might add, is five years older than the woman he mocked. And we cannot let it stand.
Let’s send the message to Mitch McConnell and his allies: This is 2013, not 1913.
Let’s fight back against the GOP’s outrageous comments and policies by defeating them in this election.
Let’s do it today.” [Quote]
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