- The Washington Times - Friday, January 21, 2000

While all of the conservative presidential contenders have been invited to the annual Conservative Political Action Committee gathering here this weekend, only one will appear in person.
Pat Buchanan, who bolted the Republican Party to seek the Reform Party nomination, is slated to address the conference later Friday.
Front-runner George W. Bush has agreed to speak to the conference Saturday via satellite, said Patricia Fava, communications director for the American Conservative Union, one of the event's chief sponsors.
Long-shot Steve Forbes spoke Thursday, also by satellite.
John McCain, whose more liberal positions on several issues have alienated conservatives, has turned down the CPAC invitation, saying that "he doesn't participate in events where there will be a straw poll," Miss Fava said.
"Shying away from the core of the conservative movement is a mistake. Our members would have welcomed the opportunity to hear his views on the issues," she said.

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