CPAC, Day 1: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul

posted at 10:41 am on March 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

SPRING BREAK! Well, you know, if you can call conservative politicians, leaders, reporters, and grassroots activists taking a few days to share their thoughts and visions for the Republican party, and more specifically this year, to review the dagger to the heart that was last November’s election — so, wash? Mary Katharine and I will be checking out the scene through the weekend, so be sure to check in for updates and insights.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had some fightin’ words about an American dream in which success is actually a good thing (“Imagine that!”) and the commonwealth’s gubernatorial race to kick off the speaking schedule this morning, followed by former Congressman Allen West, whose still-fiery personality was a morning jolt for the assembling audience: “There is nothing on this green earth that a liberal fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government.”

Later this afternoon, we’ll have Sen. Marco Rubio (do I detect a water-bottle joke in our future?) and Sen. Rand Paul, fresh off of his filibuster fame, as well as Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. I’ll embed the livestream and the schedule below, if you’d care to follow along and leave comments as things unfold. Let’s do this thing!

 


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“It’s not about 2014,” Obama told Organizing for Action this evening, per the pool report. “I actually wanna govern, at least for a couple of years.”

J_Crater on March 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Why is amnesty-shill Rubio there?

Oh yeah, I forgot the memo; amnesty is the new and nuanced ‘conservative’ position or something, right?

Midas on March 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Rand gonna filibuster 2016 contenders. Rubio gonna toss water bottles at Rand. Sumo wrestling at 9pm.

At least this is what I’m hoping for.

LetsBfrank on March 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Well, you know, if you can call conservative politicians, leaders, reporters, and grassroots activists taking a few days to share their thoughts and visions for the Republican party, and more specifically this year, to review the dagger to the heart that was last November’s election — so, wash?

Does that sentence mean something?

Midas on March 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Wish I was there. Have a great time, Erica!

Naturally Curly on March 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM

OT: did any of the screeching Catholic-bashing leftards in the ‘new pope’ thread get the banhammer? Seems like others have received one for less. Just wondering.

Midas on March 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

… we’ll have Sen. Marco Rubio (do I detect a water-bottle joke in our future?)

OMG – let’s hope that Rubio avoids all lame water-bottle jokes and just sticks to doing what he does best, and what has garnered him broad “conservative” support … pushing obama’s ‘instant amnesty’ plan … oh, wait a minute … why do “conservatives” support him?

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

So, will McCain and his lady Senator assistant be there backing Marco up on the path to citizenship or will Marco go full bait and switch once more.

Lost Wages odds on Marco talking up his new pathway ideas today are , 1 trillion to 1.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

SPRING BREAK!

Sounds more like a Toddlers in Tiaras competition for aspiring conservative hopefuls.

But seriously, Chris Plante just talked about how everyone attending CPAC seemed to be in their 20s. Is this the group that is going to make a difference in 2014? If not, just how important is CPAC to getting out the conservative message?

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

“Grant em amnesty” Rubio, the poster child of the next generation of RINO’s, has no business at CPAC. The charlatan cheapens the CPAC brand and message.

voiceofreason on March 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I’ll skip Jeb’s Waterboy drama queen act!

Jayrae on March 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I saw Ted Cruz speak for over an hour late in the filibuster and never once took a sip of water. I don’t think he even looked at his notes until he was 45 minutes in. And then he set up Rubio who looked like a deer caught in the headlights for the first three minutes of his 8 minute speech.

I am so pleased there is finally an articulate conservative sitting in the senate.

DanMan on March 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Please make the senate vote on the “senate budget” and Feinsteins gun bill. Conduct no Senate business until those two bills are voted on.

Let’s find out in 2014 how communist we’ve gone. Any Dem senator that wins after voting for those bills is residing in a full fledged socialist state.

acyl72 on March 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Saturday, 3/16 12 noon – Sarah Palin

ChuckTX on March 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Jon Jeremy is speaking at CPAC?

Bishop on March 14, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Ron, even.

*too much scotch on the cornflakes this morning*

Bishop on March 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Allen West’s AMAZING speech at CPAC this morning …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aN4u_edBopM

20 minutes … a MUST WATCH!

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Saturday, 3/16 12 noon – Sarah Palin

ChuckTX on March 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Followed by Phyllis Schlafly at 12:20 p.m. Two of my favorite people.

20 minutes … a MUST WATCH!

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Watching the video right now… Thanks.

Fallon on March 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

…I’ve lost interest…except for Cruz and Rand.

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

…P A L I N…!!!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Saturday, 3/16 12 noon – Sarah Palin

ChuckTX on March 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Awesome!

Other can’t miss speakers – following Sarah on 3/16 …

Phyllis Schlafly at 12:20 pm

Mia Love at 2:30 pm

Ted Cruz at 5:10 pm (closing speech)

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Will this be on cspan at all?

karenhasfreedom on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Cruz, Palin, West, Love, Paul… looking forward to watching these speeches.

Dongemaharu on March 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Boy this would be the day I’d want to be there.

gophergirl on March 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

http://www.therightscoop.com/watch-live-cpac-2013/

Rightscoop has Allen West speech up also. He will probably put up other speeches also. Mike Lee is speaking now.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Marco Rubio at Cpac on Cspan at 1:15pm ET.

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

thanks bluefox…..Cspan link is not working :(

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Will this be on cspan at all?

karenhasfreedom on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

On C-span they have a banner up saying Rubio & Paul at CPAC Live at 1:15PM ET today.

You can also check here to see what else will be showing on TV

http://www.c-span.org/ Click on the Rubio pic. Seems like they will be showing some speeches, don’t know about all.

Hope that helps:-)

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

thanks bluefox…..Cspan link is not working :(

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Try the one I just posted to karen. Rubio & Paul will be on C-span TV and also I’m sure on Rightscoop.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

bluefox thanks…I’ve got your link going and note Cspan will have Rubio live on tv at 1:15.

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

bluefox thanks…I’ve got your link going and note Cspan will have Rubio live on tv at 1:15.

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Y.W. C-span on TV is showing Public Affairs which will be broadcasting Rubio & Paul. However on my TV Ch 350 (Directv) Public Affairs continues after Rubio & Paul. Now whether this is a continuation of CPAC, it doesn’t say. I plan on monitoring it just in case.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Listening to Rubio tell us what we already know and what should be done isn’t helpful imo. I want to know what he and the RINOS plan to DO

We already know what the problems are Rubio, what are the solutions? Grrrr

Can’t wait for Rand Paul!!! I hope he rocks the House!!

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I am too bluefox. Interesting what he said about the Chinese General Book that the “China Dream” for the 21st Century is to supplant the US as the premier economic and military power. Notice how MSM is not highlighting that!

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Rubio did nothing for me. Boring speech.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Rubion=all hat and no cattle, LOL

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Rand Paul :) has 10 minutes but brought 13 hours worth of back up LOL

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Rand Paul :) has 10 minutes but brought 13 hours worth of back up LOL

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Love it! Paul is talking about what is important. He’s getting more applause too. Love the snark too, LOL Lunch with B.O.

Where is everyone?

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

lol, I think this speech is head and shoulders above Rubio’s. Yep his quips are priceless.

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

leaders who won’t “feed them a line of crap” GO RAND

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

he’s going to introduce a 5 yr balanced budget!!!!

GO RAND

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

“gop has grown stale and moss covered” and he doesn’t have to name names LOL

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

So much Rubio bashing on Hot Air now…And Im guessing if Rubio were to get the nominaton, cons would sit the election out again, right? Pretty crappy. And doesnt Rand Paul support amnesty as well?? Anyway, Im excited about our crop of candidates in 2016. Rubio, Paul, Cruz are my top choices.

Jack_Burton on March 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

“gop has grown stale and moss covered” and he doesn’t have to name names LOL

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

If the shoe fits, McCain/Graham and the rest of the OGOP (Old Grand Old Party), LOL In with the NGP (New Grand Party) Someone on HA a week or so on one of the McCain threads coined that!

Rubio may have a desire to run as Pres, but I think Jebbie will squash that. Rubio is Jebbies’ protege so he’s not for the people either. Either one of those just want a feather in their cap. Rand Paul stands for what is important to the Country & People. That’s why he is being supported imo.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

bluefox…I agree. I am speaking for myself but as Rand said people are tired of being “feed them a line of crap”

I think that is why I am paying attention to Rand and Ted Cruz…most of the crap is taking out of their lexicon. And both of them are taking it not only to the Ds but to the Rs. Rubio isn’t and is trying to play both sides.

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

And doesnt Rand Paul support amnesty as well??

Jack_Burton on March 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

When he ran In 2010, Rand Paul was firmly anti-amnesty and demanded that current U.S. immigration laws be upheld and enforced.

In 2012, Paul offered a somewhat different opinion, stating that he would be open to some form of amnesty plan, in exchange for a halt, or moratorium, on ALL immigration, and fully securing the border, while the details of an amnesty plan were hammered out and implemented. HOWEVER, Rand Paul has never offered up an official immigration plan.

Rand Paul’s opinion stands in stark contrast to Rubio’s OFFICIAL PLAN – Rubio has officially signed off on the ‘instant amnesty’ which he helped write in a coordinated effort with the obama White House and the Gang of 8. The plan that Rubio is pushing (24/7) grants ‘instant amnesty’ and ‘instant legal status’ to every illegal, imposes no penalties on those who have invaded the U.S. illegally, and does not offer any viable means for securing the border. The Rubio plan would add tens of millions of new democrat-voters to voting, welfare and obamacare rolls – overnight.

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

former Congressman Allen West, whose still-fiery personality was a morning jolt for the assembling audience: “There is nothing on this green earth that a liberal fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government.”

To think that Boehner, the azzhole, didn’t help, but hindered, the re-election of this man. I hate the Rs in DC and in FL.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will close the conference with a keynote address on Saturday, March 16th at 5:10pm ET.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Why is amnesty-shill Rubio there?
Oh yeah, I forgot the memo; amnesty is the new and nuanced ‘conservative’ position or something, right?
Midas on March 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I DON’T GIVE A FLYING F*** about Rubio’s position on immigration. I can’t believe there are idiots that don’t see the big picture. Rubio or Rand would be 100,000% better than the criminal we have in the White House.

STOP THE F’RACKING FRIENDLY FIRE ALREADY!!!

MechEng5by5 on March 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Pork Chop, so Rubio is coordinating with the Obama Whitehouse on amnesty now? Good Lord, he went out and made the case for his immigration plan. In the end, if the plan doesnt secure the border FIRST, Rubio will NOT support it. Period. I love Rand Paul and would be proud to support him. But to dump on Rubio as an establishment hack is wrong.

Jack_Burton on March 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Pork Chop, so Rubio is coordinating with the Obama Whitehouse on amnesty now? Good Lord, he went out and made the case for his immigration plan. In the end, if the plan doesnt secure the border FIRST, Rubio will NOT support it. Period. I love Rand Paul and would be proud to support him. But to dump on Rubio as an establishment hack is wrong.

Jack_Burton on March 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Do not be fooled by Rubio …

Rubio has already agreed to, and signed off on the ‘instant amnesty’ plan (this is “his immigration plan”) – under this plan, obama and Napolitano are allowed to declare when the border is officially “SECURE”. Once they issue this declaration (which will be immediately, if this bill is rammed through) – amnesty is instantly granted.

Rubio has coordinated with the ‘Gang of 8′ (whose democrat members report directly to the White House), plus John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet (among others) to craft “his immigration plan”.

If this doesn’t make Rubio an “establishment hack”, I don’t know what does.

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Wish I was there. Have a great time

Me too! Anybody need their bags carried?

Mr. Grump on March 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Rubio’s vote for corruptocrat Jack Lew was the final nail in the coffin.

When a far-left rag like “The New Republic” smacks Lew and calls Democrats hypocrites for bashing Etch-a-sketch yet voting for Lew you know that Rubio sold out for access to the Bush Wall Street rolodex, which was where Jeb’s Waterboy was that same week begging for corrupt crony capitalist dirty money.

What a wasted opportunity! Democrats, Independents, and Conservatives are still incensed about the bailout and fed up with the revolving door from Wall Street to government and back again. Lew, Robert Rubin’s boy, even got a bonus from Citibank because he went back to government. Corruption on steriods! And, the Waterboy voted for him. There is nothing conservative about that vote.

The establishment’s Waterboy chose unwisely.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2013/03/01/why_did_democrats_give_jack_lew_a_pass_303075.html

Jayrae on March 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

And both of them are taking it not only to the Ds but to the Rs. Rubio isn’t and is trying to play both sides.

CoffeeLover on March 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Exactly. Rand Paul does not discriminate. I doubt if you’ll ever hear Rubio criticize any Republican.

You’re right that the American people are sick and tired of hearing both sides of Congress caring more about themselves and what deals they make with the devil than about what is good for the Country. Every deal and compromise that the Republican Party has made since 2008 has been detrimental to this Country. I can’t think of one thing that’s been good.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Thanks for the background on Paul’s position on Amnesty, etc.
I wasn’t aware of how he stood, but glad you posted that info.

bluefox on March 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM