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Confirmed: Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul to address CPAC 2013

posted at 1:15 pm on January 17, 2013 by

Say, what do these three gentlemen have in common?  CPAC typically publishes a long list of “invited speakers,” then confirms participants on a rolling basis.  So far, these are the only three announcements they’ve blasted out to the media, perhaps indicating that these particular individuals were — shall we say — proactive about RSVP-ing.  Glaringly absent from the ‘invited’ roster is another rumored 2016 hopeful who has maintained an arm’s length relationship with the conference throughout his relatively brief political career.  One wonders if he’ll be more willing to play ball with conservatives after this coming November.  Meanwhile, two intriguing, out-of-the-box invitees to CPAC 2013 are generating some buzz: Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada’s conservative party, and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.  I  have no insight into how Harper’s team might weigh the domestic politics of accepting or declining this invitation (how would a speech to a room of intensely conservative Americans play up north?), but I’d be shocked if Netanyahu agreed to address the gathering.  It’s true that Bibi hasn’t shied away from publicly challenging President Obama — and the two leaders’ fraught relationship likely took another frosty turn, in light of the Hagel SecDef nomination — but speaking at a conference like CPAC would be widely interpreted as an overt gesture of hostility.  I don’t think Netanyahu has any incentive to needlessly antagonize any American president in such a manner.

CPAC 2013 is being held later in the calendar year than usual, running from March 14-16 at the ‘National Harbor’ convention center (rather than one of the two large hotels in Woodley Park, DC — another major change).

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if Obama had been thrown on his ass like he deserved in November I bet Netanyahu would have come.

gsherin on January 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

CAn’t wait for the straw poll. :)

JohnGalt23 on January 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Can’t wait for the first person to call Rubio a RINO.

It’s coming in 3…2….1…

nicktjacob on January 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Get back to me when Palin is announced as the “keynote”….otherwise you can keep your so-called “conservatives” like Rubio and Ryan.

tencole on January 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Krickey have we learned nothing from the elections of the empty-suited nobody named Barack Obama???

We cannot elect and should not nominate, people like Rubio and Rand Paul, who have so little experience or proven executive ability after only 1 term in the minority in the Senate.

this is especially so in the case of Sen Paul who was an eye doctor before running for his first political office EVER in 2010.
At least Rubio was a statehouse critter and also Speaker of one of the largest and most rambunctious state legislatures in the country.

By that standard, Rubio is light years ahead of Senator Paul who in any other era would be quite properly laughed off the potus stage.

What has Paul ever done for the broader good of the whole country? To what legislative or policy success can either man point to…again especially Sen Paul?? Santorum and Bachmann were in my view grotesque spectacles in 2012 the country had every reason to reject out of hand. But compared to Sen Paul, these two look like Daniel Webster.

What foreign policy success has been achieved in this country that would not have occured absent the monumental international repute, gravitas and leadership of Rand Paul or Marco Rubio???

I like both Senators Rubio and Paul I hope/believe they have bright political. But sweet Sister Mary Elephant, let them actually accomplish something before thinking they are qualified to be President. Go be a successful governor or CEO.

Are we going to repeat the mistakes of the Obama administration, where a clueless freshman Senator with nothing in the way of proven experience and temperment catapulted his way into the WH?

Where has Obama’s total lack of useable skills gotten the country? for that matter, where did GWB’s similar near-total lack of any bona fides for the presidency get us? Into the frikking shitter thats where.

Just becasue you CAN for for President doesnt mean you SHOULD.
In the case of both Rubio and Paul, though it will hard to dissuade them, but I wont vote for either one of them in a primary.

Sacramento on January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Can’t wait for the first person to call Rubio a RINO.

It’s coming in 3…2….1…

nicktjacob on January 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Get back to me when Palin is announced as the “keynote”….otherwise you can keep your so-called “conservatives” like Rubio and Ryan.

tencole on January 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

You beat it by just a few seconds, with the bonus of calling Paul Ryan a RINO too! My god, that term has lost all meaning.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

No Tony Cruz?

No Truce With Kings on January 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

You beat it by just a few seconds, with the bonus of calling Paul Ryan a RINO too! My god, that term has lost all meaning.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Campaign speeches are nice and all, but some of us prefer conservative governance.

Unless you think amnesty, bailouts and higher taxes are now “conservative”?

sauldalinsky on January 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

More importantly…WHAT ABOUT THE GAYS???

What say Jazz Show and his “friend” Doug Matagayness ????

Eph on January 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

“Get back to me when Palin is announced as the “keynote”….otherwise you can keep your so-called “conservatives” like Rubio and Ryan”

AMEN!

Eph on January 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

No Tony Cruz?

No Truce With Kings on January 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I think you mean Ted. I was also hoping for Louie Gohmert and Trey Gowdy. Ryan is a bitter disappointment and I am getting less and less enthralled with Rubio because of his immigration stance. He of all people should know better. But I am liking Rand Paul more and more, especially if he distances himself from papa Luap Nor.

Rixon on January 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sacramento, like it or not, “qualifications” are so yesterday in American politics. Obama was totally unqualified to be president (from an experience and leadership standpoint), and was elected by a large margin. He then demonstrated his ineptitude for four years and won again.

Guy Benson on January 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

“We are encouraged…that Sen. Rubio’s thinking—as reported—so closely reflects the president’s blueprint for immigration reform,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday. “We hope that it signals a change in the Republican approach to this issue

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journeymike on January 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

St. Paddys weekend and the NCAAs. Is the later date a good thing?

Angry Dumbo on January 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

At least Rubio is our unqualified guy. As for Paul, he isn’t a serious contender just like his father wasn’t. He’ll run so the family newsletter keeps it subscribers or whatever.

As for Krispy Kreme, he has no desire to even pretend to be a conservative so why would he ever show up at CPAC. He should just become a Democrat already. His act is so 2010.

Illinidiva on January 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Get back to me when Palin is announced as the “keynote”….otherwise you can keep your so-called “conservatives” like Rubio and Ryan.

tencole on January 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

This!

idesign on January 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I’m leaning towards Blue Buddha.

Bmore on January 17, 2013 at 2:29 PM

CAn’t wait for the straw poll.

JohnGalt23 on January 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Why? We already know Rand Paul won.

You beat it by just a few seconds, with the bonus of calling Paul Ryan a RINO too! My god, that term has lost all meaning.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Campaign speeches are nice and all, but some of us prefer conservative governance.

Unless you think amnesty, bailouts and higher taxes are now “conservative”?

sauldalinsky on January 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

When I say RINO has lost all meaning, I mean that originally (ie when I first heard the term) it was used to describe someone who identified as a Republican purely for the purposes of political expediency. They would prefer to be a Democrat or a Libertarian or something else, but for the purposes of getting elected in their state, or for the purposes of having a national profile, they identify as Republicans. Scott Brown is not a RINO, for example, because being a Republican is far from politically expedient in MA. He’s just a moderate Republican, and theres a difference. Ron Paul is a RINO, because he’d rather be a Libertarian, but because he wants to be elected and have a national profile, he’s a Republican. Jon Huntsman is a RINO because he would probably have run as a Democrat if he didn’t live in One-Party-State Utah. Thats the definition of the term I first became familiar with, and I prefer it to the “OMG HE DOESN’T AGREE WITH ME ON EVERY ISSUE SO HE MUST BE A RINO” definition. I mean seriously. Paul Ryan has like a 98% rating from the ACU, that doesn’t make him a moderate, let alone a RINO. You don’t have to be a bomb-thrower like Allen West or Michele Bachmann to be a conservative.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

If I call Ryan and Rubio Establishment types, does that upset your sensibilities? Cause it seems to bother you.

Bmore on January 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Confirmed: Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul to address CPAC 2013

…and the CC brothers Charlie Crist and Chris Christie?…beside Rand Paul… what conservative will be invited?

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I like that lineup. Where’s Jindal?

John the Libertarian on January 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

With Rubio and Ryan speaking, they might want to change their name to ePAC.

idesign on January 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

OMG!! No Ron Paulians to rig the straw poll??? Could it possibly be??!!!

1nolibgal on January 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM

She whose name shall not be mentioned.

renalin on January 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Palin!!!!

Bmore on January 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Um, is it me, or has CPAC become a running joke to people who actually care about the nation as conservatives with core beliefs?

astonerii on January 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

With Rubio and Ryan speaking, they might want to change their name to ePAC.

idesign on January 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Touché

TxAnn56 on January 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM

You beat it by just a few seconds, with the bonus of calling Paul Ryan a RINO too! My god, that term has lost all meaning.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

The man who has never failed to increase the debt limit?
The man who has backed every last big government push by Republicans?
The man who made it “conservative” to lay two ore generations of debt accumulation onto the backs of future generations?

What has Paul Ryan actually accomplished that is conservative?

astonerii on January 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The commenter that set you off said Rubio and Ryan weren’t conservative, and didn’t use the terms RINO. In any case, a RINO is most commonly understood someone who disagrees with more than 20% of the Republican Party Platform. This can include establishment Republicans including the 2012 nominee, and Rubio and Ryan.

sauldalinsky on January 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Palin!!!!

Bmore on January 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

…Y E P…!

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I wish them well with the politics within their newly evolved party.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/16/viewed-out-touch-gop-gathers-forces-plot-rebirth/

Mr. Arrogant on January 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

The commenter that set you off said Rubio and Ryan weren’t conservative, and didn’t use the terms RINO. In any case, a RINO is most commonly understood someone who disagrees with more than 20% of the Republican Party Platform. This can include establishment Republicans including the 2012 nominee, and Rubio and Ryan.

sauldalinsky on January 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Yeah, because a guy who agrees with us 80% of the time definitely deserves our contempt. Give me a break.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, because a guy who agrees with us 80% of the time definitely deserves our contempt. Give me a break.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Nah, 80% is fine, several mulligans before you’re called “not conservative”. With Rubio and Ryan, they’re closer to 60% and, unfortunately, trending the wrong way with each focus group (amnesty, debt ceiling). Still, no “contempt” for them either, as that’s reserved for Obamao and his minions on Left.

sauldalinsky on January 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

vegconservative Agree with you that Ryan and Rubio aren’t RINOs. However, do you agree there must be some limits on who is acceptable. For instance.. both Christie and Huntsman should not be tolerated.

Illinidiva on January 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

With Rubio and Ryan speaking, they might want to change their name to ePAC.

idesign on January 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

This!

You don’t have to be a bomb-thrower like Allen West or Michele Bachmann to be a conservative.

vegconservative on January 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

These days yes you do.

tencole on January 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Yawn! CPAC has become just another watering hgole for the elitist pseudo-conservative Beltway GOP establishment and their allies in the punditocracy.They are completely out of touch with rank and file conservatives.By the way, when these CINOs leave the reservation 20% of the time and those votes are on issues of critical importance we have a problem! I voted for McCain and then Romney,but will never support a CINO again.

redware on January 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

If we train enough fire on our own side, if we keep putting down the young up-and-comers on our side, we just might win again!!!/

thebrokenrattle on January 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

thebrokenrattle on January 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Excellent point.. :cool:

Dire Straits on January 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

One out of three ain’t bad…

voiceofreason on January 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Ryan’s for raising the debt ceiling.Bet all the effete elitist pseudo-conservatives at CPAC still give him a standing ovation.the reason we fail to advance a conservative agenda is because a third of us are phonies,and another third are just plain stupid.That leaves the rest of us to start a third party.

redware on January 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

If we train enough fire on our own side, if we keep putting down the young up-and-comers on our side, we just might win again!!!/

thebrokenrattle on January 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I don’t know what “side” you are on but, I want no part of it- thank you very much.

Mr. Arrogant on January 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Ryan’s for raising the debt ceiling.Bet all the effete elitist pseudo-conservatives at CPAC still give him a standing ovation.the reason we fail to advance a conservative agenda is because a third of us are phonies,and another third are just plain stupid.That leaves the rest of us to start a third party.

redware on January 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Split the conservative movement in three? Smart!

thebrokenrattle on January 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Yawner, for the most part. Except for Rand it doesn’t sound much different from the 2012 RNC.

ddrintn on January 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

^ Oh wait, Rand WAS at the 2012 RNC. Ron wasn’t. So it sounds like the 2012 RNC. Yawner.

ddrintn on January 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I like that lineup. Where’s Jindal?

John the Libertarian on January 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I agree..I think Jindal will be there.. :cool:

Dire Straits on January 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM

No Mitt? Bummer.

ddrintn on January 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Governor Scott Walker has been placed on the speakers agenda at CPAC.. :cool:

Dire Straits on January 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM

forget you purists

terryannonline on January 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

No Mitt? Bummer.

ddrintn on January 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM

After losing to the biggest loser in US history in the last chance at all we had to reverse any of the damage? I wouldn’t show up either.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM

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