CPAC 2014 - Latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference

CPAC 2014 - Latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference

Latest updates and news on the American Conservative Union's 2014 Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

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  • Ben Carson, one of a few speakers to directly address same-sex marriage, finished third in The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

    Despite Ben Carson's speech, gay marriage mostly took a backseat at CPAC

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Gay marriage didn't get much attention from the stage at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, but many in the rank-and-file still fall on the side of defending traditional marriage and say it's an issue on which Republicans should stand firm. Published March 10, 2014

  • House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Ryan said GOP leaders and conservative activists should "give each other the benefit of the doubt" in the debate over the party's future. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Poll shows GOP discontent, Congress frustration

    By Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference did little to dispel the notion of a deep rift between grass-roots activists and national GOP leaders, with CPAC's three-day straw poll showing frustration with Congress and a growing discontent with "establishment" presidential candidates. Published March 9, 2014

  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    CPAC 2014: Straw poll signals Paul-Cruz showdown for conservative voters

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    The one-two finish of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in The Washington Times/CPAC straw poll over the weekend cemented their rock star status among grass-roots activists — and signaled that the two tea party favorites are destined for a showdown over which senator will carry the conservative flag in the contest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Published March 9, 2014

  • Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Presidential support for Carson rises

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he originally planned to enjoy a slower pace in retirement — but the "good Lord" had a different plan, he said. Published March 9, 2014

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Bachmann says country will elect 'right' female president

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Rep. Michelle Bachmann helped open the final day of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by lambasting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over U.S. foreign policy and the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, while still predicting that the U.S. will elect the "right" woman president in the near future. Published March 8, 2014

  • Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the CPAC2014 at The National Harbor, Md. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

    Dr. Ben Carson teases CPAC: 'Not sure' what God has in store for his political future

    By David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Dr. Ben Carson teased thousands of conservatives Saturday morning about his political future, saying he does not know what God has in store for him, suggesting that he could have a future in elective politics. Published March 8, 2014

  • Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Palin dings Obama, calls for conservative reinforcements in Washington

    By David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called on conservatives Saturday to strengthen their limited government ranks in the midterm election - even if it means replacing GOP lawmakers that have been reluctant to take a more aggressive stance against the Obama administration. Published March 8, 2014

  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second

    By Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Sen. Rand Paul demolished his competition in the 2014 Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll on Saturday, winning 31 percent of the vote -- nearly three times the total of second-place Sen. Ted Cruz. Published March 8, 2014

  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in National Harbor, Md. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    CPAC talks Russian invasion: Crisis fueled by Obama's weakness, 'diplomatic babble'

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    The Crimean Parliament voted this week to officially join Russia, deepening the international diplomatic crisis that stepped onto the world scene following the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics. At CPAC 2014 and surrounding events, conservatives claimed the Crimean crisis has been the logical conclusion of the White House weakening U.S. foreign policy. Published March 8, 2014

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Gingrich tells CPAC crowd it's time for a 'big rebellion on the battlefield of ideas'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday pitched a forward-looking Republican Party that harnesses emerging technologies and can deride former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the "leading prison guard of the past" if she runs for president in 2016. Published March 8, 2014

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Perry to conservatives: 'You are the path to the future'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off Day 2 of the Conservative Political Action Conference with a rhetorical nod to President Reagan, declaring "it is a good morning in America" and telling conservatives they control their own destiny in returning the country to first principles. Published March 7, 2014

  • Donald Trump, the real estate developer, interviewed by Emily Miller at CPAC 2014.

    MILLER: Donald Trump says he’s a Tea Party member

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    Donald Trump was so mobbed walking out of the ballroom after his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that his security pulled him into a safe room. Published March 7, 2014

  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Rand Paul urges conservatives to fight with him for liberty

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Sen. Rand Paul urged the thousands that turned out for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to imagine electing a "friend of liberty" to the White House who will defend the Constitution and push back against a federal government that is trampling over their individual rights. Published March 7, 2014

  • **FILE** Mike Huckabee speaks during the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting in Washington on Jan. 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Huckabee: U.S. government impeding religious liberty

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Former Arkansas governor and erstwhile presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee threw out red meat to social conservatives Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying religious liberty must not be impeded by government and Americans need to remember the United States was founded by God. Published March 7, 2014

  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum (above) of Pennsylvania, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (below left) and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah are three potential Republican presidential hopefuls who have made the trek to Iowa this year. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, other possible 2016 contenders, have yet to travel to the Hawkeye State this year. (Associated Press photographs)

    Santorum: GOP needs positive message to counter Obama

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday delivered some tough love to conservatives and Republicans, telling them it's easy to blast President Obama but that they'd be better served getting their own messaging in order first. Published March 7, 2014

  • At a Crossroads: Sen. Ted Cruz (left) of Texas, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (center) and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida are among the conference speakers grappling with the question of how to govern while sticking to conservative principles. (Associated Press)

    GOP optimism, agenda emerge at CPAC

    By David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Gov. Chris Christie fired up the crowd at CPAC Thursday with his call for Republicans to present a positive agenda, while Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio laid out the outlines of what that kind of agenda could look like — and Rep. Paul Ryan sounded like a man who's seriously thinking about running for the White House. Published March 6, 2014

  • Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Toomey: President Obama doesn't think American law applies to him

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, told Thursday morning’s crowd at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the defeat of President Obama’s nominee demonstrates that “when we stand up and fight” on principle, “we can actually win.” Published March 6, 2014

  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in National Harbor, Md. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Cruz lays out sweeping conservative vision to kick off CPAC 2014

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Sen. Ted Cruz called for the abolition of the IRS and the repeal of Obamacare in a rousing speech to kick off the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday. Published March 6, 2014

  • Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, called President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget "a campaign brochure" and said the president seems determined to do nothing about fiscal challenges. (Associated Press)

    Ryan: 'Once again, the GOP is where the action is'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Thursday that despite some recent jockeying and perceived turmoil in the Republican party, the GOP is "where the action is" and "the center of gravity is shifting." Published March 6, 2014

  • FILE - This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The presence of McConnell in the courtroom underscored the political stakes in President Barack Obama’s high-profile effort to deal with global warming _ a policy Obama is pursuing after failing to persuade Congress to enact climate change legislation. McConnell is facing a tough re-election fight in which he refers often to the administration’s assault on the coal industry in Kentucky and elsewhere.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    McConnell: 'I won't let you down' if Senate flips Republican

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Thursday that "I won't let you down" if Republicans take control after the fall elections and he becomes majority leader of the chamber. Published March 6, 2014

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Christie attacked the media in his return to the national stage for the first time since a political retribution scandal erupted in his home state.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Christie to CPAC: GOP has to shake contrarian image

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    One year removed from being snubbed by CPAC, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew a standing ovation from conservative activists Thursday, pointing to his own re-election last year as an example that standing on principle and winning elections are not mutually exclusive. Published March 6, 2014

  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Rubio said the US is the one nation that can rally people around the globe against the rise of totalitarian governments. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Rubio: U.S. 'must be involved in leading the world'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Sen. Marco Rubio made a strong pitch for an engaged America around the world in a foreign policy-heavy speech Thursday at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), saying that the United States must be be a world leader — and not a dictator. Published March 6, 2014

  • **FILE** NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre at CPAC 2013

    NRA's LaPierre: Gun owners won't back down, 'not now, not ever'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said Thursday that more Americans are buying guns because the country is in trouble, ripping "political dishonesty and media dishonesty" he says are undercutting the U.S. Constitution and his own organization. Published March 6, 2014

  • Lesson: "Power makes you arrogant, if you're not careful," says former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who considers himself a better person now. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    DeLay: GOP failing to fight criminalization of politics

    By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times

    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has rejoined the fray, regaining his seat on the American Conservative Union/Conservative Political Action Conference board, taking up the sword against the progressiveism of Democrats and battling what the Texan says is the wimpishness of his fellow Republicans. Published March 6, 2014

  • Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times

    Despite GOP push on immigration, doubts rampant

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Despite a year of pressure from top Republican leaders saying it's politically necessary for the party to pass an immigration bill, rank-and-file conservatives at CPAC are unconvinced, saying they want their party focus to be on border security rather than working with Democrats to legalize illegal immigrants. Published March 6, 2014

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, walks onto the stage holding a gun before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday. (Associated Press)

    McConnell works to reassure conservatives

    By David Sherfinski and Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    Sen. Mitch McConnell assured conservative activists he won't disappoint them if they give him enough troops for the GOP to take control of the Senate in November's elections, as he sought to tamp down a growing rift between tea party activists and top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. Published March 6, 2014

  • House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Ryan said GOP leaders and conservative activists should "give each other the benefit of the doubt" in the debate over the party's future. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Democrats target convention as part of midterm-election strategy

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    With leading conservatives gathered just outside Washington this week, Democrats have a launched an all-out public-relations offensive aimed at convincing moderate voters that the GOP is now run by "fringe" elements on the far right. Published March 6, 2014

  • Conservative UNITER: Ronald Reagan was one of the speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1986 and at the group's first gathering in 1974, when nearly 1,000 people listened to California's governor at the time. Stan Evans, the ACU chairman who presided over that conference, said it was simple back then: "Are you for Reagan or not?" (Getty Images)

    ACU at 50: Strong and looking ahead

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    The year the American Conservative Union began, Ronald Reagan was a newly minted Republican, Nikita Khrushchev had been recently ousted as leader of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. was just beginning to deepen its involvement in the Vietnam War. Published March 5, 2014

  • Debate between libertarians, social conservatives to play out at CPAC

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Three decades after libertarians and social conservatives teamed up to help elect Ronald Reagan president, those on both sides are wondering whether they still have enough in common to keep the marriage going. Published March 5, 2014

  • Christine O'Donnell eager to re-engage in political debate

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Christine O'Donnell has weathered political strife, media mockery and IRS scrutiny with a resolute smile and a tactical agenda. And she's not done yet. Published March 5, 2014

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