A major theme at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., was that the Republican Party should once and for all erase the line between social and fiscal issues and further the argument that conservative social policies benefit the economy.
Same-sex marriage opponents participating in a Saturday panel took that message to heart, arguing that their opposition has everything to do with the country’s fiscal health and with helping straight couples and their families, while dismissing same-sex equality arguments as irrelevant. (more…)
Stop talking about birth control. That was the key message from some of the most prominent leaders of America’s anti-abortion movement, speaking Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. During a talk on how to advance the movement through messaging, an all-female panel discussed the Obama administration’s birth-control-coverage mandate and suggested that the best way to defeat it is by calling it an “abortion mandate.” (more…)
The American Conservative Union has already taken heat early into this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference for banning a pro-gay conservative group while welcoming a speaker with controversial views against multiculturalism that progressive advocacy groups have branded “white nationalist.” (more…)
While recent signs — a presidential straw poll win, visits to Iowa, references to other key national primary states — may indicate that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Clute) is thinking White House in 2012, a spokesperson confirmed that the libertarian Republican hasn’t ruled out a second attempt at the U.S. Senate.
“Dr. Paul is weighing all of his political options and will make a decision in the next few months. Both options are on the table,” Paul’s political director Jesse Benton said in an email late Thursday night.
First elected to the U.S. House in a 1976 special election, Paul was defeated by Democrat Bob Gammage in the general a few months later but bested Gammage in a rematch in 1978. After U.S. Sen. John Tower announced his retirement, Paul made a try for the U.S. Senate, losing in the 1984 GOP Primary to Phil Gramm. Paul’s congressional seat was taken over by future U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Paul made his first run for president in 1988 as the Libertarian Party candidate, and eventually returned to Congress with a victory in the 1996 general election. He ran for President in 2008 but did not prevail in the GOP primary.
As the Texas Independent reported Thursday, word of a ‘money bomb’ fundraiser set for Washington’s Birthday has swept through the Paul-oriented online community. Paul has said that the level of donations to his Liberty PAC in the near-term will help determine what course he will take in 2012.
While the organizers of the Facebook page for Monday’s money bomb do not have an official connection with Paul or his campaign — at least, they don’t have official titles, nor do they appear as paid staff in campaign finance reports for Paul or his PAC — a money bomb banner and link to a donation form recently appeared on the Liberty PAC website.
Benton would not comment on the money bomb or the relationship (or lack thereof) between online supporters and Paul’s PAC.
“Sorry, we don’t discuss our fundraising strategy. Nothing personal, just our policy,” he said.
“FOX has apologized and we’ll have to take them at their word that it was an oversight,” Benton said.
On the heels of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s second consecutive victory in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s presidential straw poll, Paul supporters are planning a ‘money bomb’ fundraiser for Monday, which is Washington’s Birthday (also known as Presidents Day).
According to a Facebook page created for the event, the donations from the ‘money bomb’ — an online fundraiser scheduled for a specific time period, usually a day — are to go to Paul’s Liberty PAC, his leadership political action committee. According to the Facebook page, the show of support is intended to “Convince Ron Paul to Run” — presumably for President, though it doesn’t specify a particular office.
The listed organizers of the event are not officially connected to Paul or his PAC. A spokesperson for Paul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, Paul sent a letter to supporters saying his 2012 decision would depend partly on fundraising for his Liberty PAC, as the Texas Independent previously reported. Paul has two visits to Iowa planned for March, including a three-city tour March 7.
In other Paul-related news, Fox News has apologized for airing 2010 footage from CPAC (when the audience largely booed as Paul was announced as the winner of the straw poll) instead of 2011 footage (when the audience largely cheered) in its CPAC coverage this week. (Read a Texas Independent story on the topic.)
Mediate relayed a statement Wednesday afternoon from Fox News’ Senior Vice President of News Michael Clemente, who said, “We made a mistake with some of the video we aired, and plan on issuing a correction on America’s Newsroom tomorrow morning explaining exactly what happened.”
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment from the Texas Independent Wednesday.
Today, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, who interviewed Paul in the original segment, delivered the promised correction on the air, as Mediate reported. Hemmer said:
“It was clearly a mistake. We used the wrong videotape. There are similarities in the shot between last year’s event and this year.
Ron Paul won both years. However, there were audible boos in 2010 while you heard a lot more cheering this year. It’s an honest mistake. We apologize for the error and we look forward to having Representative Paul back on our show very soon.”
During back-to-back speeches in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry stuck to their trademark talking points, displaying two distinct approaches to limited federal government. Though each paid homage to the tea party, U.S. Constitution and Founding Fathers, Paul elaborated on military non-interventionism and monetary policy, while Perry highlighted state sovereignty and border security.
Both Paul and Perry lauded the tea party and 2010 election results, saying the conservative moment cut across party lines.
“We don’t need to just change political parties, we need to change the philosophies of what this country is all about,” Paul said.
“Pink slips were handed out to legislators in both political parties,” Perry said.
He added, “It was awesome!”
At the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, Paul was the first speaker to talk about the revolution in Egypt and the resignation of Pres. Hosni Mubarak. Calling Mubarak a “dictator,” Paul said the U.S. invested $70 billion in his regime, the majority of which Mubarak’s family siphoned off for themselves.
When asked what course of action the U.S. should take in Egypt, Paul said his answer is, “I would say we need to do a lot less, a lot sooner, not only in Egypt but around the world.”
He predicted the political uprising will spread to neighboring countries, until it hits Saudi Arabia, then the U.S. will see “real problems.”
Comparing U.S. foreign policy to military spending that led to the downfall of the Soviet Union, Paul said, “We just don’t flat out have the money, and we shouldn’t be doing it.”
Touching on the topic of the Federal Reserve, over which Paul’s congressional sub-committee has oversight, he said, “Our job is to figure out what the Federal Reserve has done, audit them and find out who their buddies are they’re taking care of.”
Paul lays out his case against the central banking system in his latest book, “End the Fed.”
That’s not to be confused with Perry’s book against U.S. government intrusions, called, “Fed up!”
Like Paul, Perry did not reveal his 2012 political aspirations in his CPAC speech, nor did either refer to the other when speaking. The two Texans are each the subject of speculation for a possible White House bid in 2012, though Paul is keeping his options open and Perry says he’s not running.
Perry said, “I stand before you today as a governor and as a lifelong conservative who is deeply, deeply concerned with the fed government and its willful neglect of its responsibility.”
He re-affirmed his commitment to states’ sovereignty over rights not delegated to the federal government. “As a governor, I like to focus on the 10th amendment. It’s a very sensible dividing line between our rights and their responsibilities,” Perry said.
Perry, who refused to meet with newspaper editorial boards during his 2010 re-election bid, alluded in his speech to “big government advocates and their friends in the mainstream media.”
On the one hand, according to Perry, the federal government has overstepped its bounds with things like “Obamacare,” while on the other it is not performing its key duties, such as border security.
“In the rush to become all things to all people, the federal government has lost sight of its core responsibilities. As a result we’re stuck in this frustrating paradox where Washington actually neglects things it’s clearly supposed to be doing, while interfering in other areas where they are neither welcome nor authorized,” Perry said.
Perry called on Congress to create a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution — one of his designated emergency items for the Texas Legislature. He also alluded to replacing federal health care spending with block grants to states, a topic also on state policymakers’ minds.
Perry took time to brag on Texas and its pro-business economic policies.
“People oughta be pointing to Texas and saying, ‘That is what this country oughta be aspiring to be about.’ Then get the hell out of the way and let the private sector do what the private sector does best,” he said.
Texas “is not some problem-free Nirvana that’s been created out there,” Perry said. “–Close.”
Perry didn’t mention the state’s estimated $27 billion budget shortfall in order to maintain services over the next two years.
Perry, who is chair of the Republican Governors Association, appealed to CPAC attendees to elect conservative Republican governors.
“Governors will lead the charge for reformation in this country,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are scheduled to talk back-to-back this afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. The two Texans are each the subject of speculation for a possible White House bid in 2012, though Paul is keeping his options open and Perry says he’s not running.
Live video of CPAC is being broadcast on C-SPAN2 and also on the website of sponsor American Conservative Union. Paul and Perry are slated to receive 30 minutes apiece, with Paul talking at 2:30 p.m. (Central Time) and Perry speaking at 3 p.m.
Immediately before Paul and Perry take the main stage in the Marriott Ballroom, a panel will take place featuring two Texans, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Marc Levin. The panel, which starts at 2:15 p.m. and is titled “Right on Crime: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform,” also includes CPAC chair David A. Keene and will be moderated by Pat Nolan of the Prison Fellowship.