Three Presidential Candidates Appear in Midst of Race for the GOP Nomination
|Feb. 9-11, 2012—The 39th Annual
Conservative Political Action Conference drew three of the major
Republican presidential candidates, dozens of conservative luminaries,
elected officials and candidates,
and thousands of activists to the Marriott Wardman Park for three days
of speeches, panels, networking, and a busy exhibit space.
Speaker after speaker took Obama and his administration to task.
While the speechifying was going
on in the ballroom, there was also much activity in breakout sessions
and in the exhibit space, where roughly 200 exhibitors were set
up. In the corridors and hallways of the
conference activists met friends and acquantances and discussed
politics, and supporters of the three presidential candidates waved
signs and handed
The GOP presidential race has evolved considerably from a year ago when the field of candidates was unclear. Now there are four major candidates remaining, three of whom—former Gov. Mitt Romney, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Sen. Rick Santorum—made their arguments to the assembled activists. Rep. Ron Paul, who in past has had a significant presence at CPAC, did not appear; he campaigned in Maine, and his son Sen. Rand Paul (KY) put in an appearance in his stead. A couple of longshot candidates also appeared; Fred Karger held a reception and Randall Terry (D) was seen in the exhibit hall with media credentials.
Three thousand four hunderd and eight (3,408) people participated in the CPAC 2012 straw poll. Romney finished first with 38-percent followed by Santorum at 31-percent, Gingrich at 15-percent, and Paul at 12-percent. Thirty-four percent of participants favored Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) as the vice presidential choice.
Speakers and Panels
Gregg Keller, exec. director of ACU / Al Cardenas, chairman of ACU
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC)
"Do 'We Still Hold These Truths?': The Future of the Conservative Movement"
Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)
"The CPAC All-Star Panel - What to Expect in 2012"
Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
Gov. Bob McDonnell (VA)
*Former Sen. Rick Santorum
"Mr. / Ms. Smith Come to Washington - War Stories from The 2010 Freshman Class"
*Former Gov. Mitt Romney
U.S. Rep. Allen West (FL)
"The 'Right' View"
*Former Speaker Newt Gingrich
Ronald Reagan Banquet-Gov. Scott Walker (WI)
Former Gov. Sarah Palin
Gingrich | 2 | 3 | 4
Santorum | 2 | 3
More Exhibit Hall and Around and About
alpha: America's Survival | Faith & Freedom Coalition | Fan Freedom Project (Ticket Monster) | Great American Tea Party Game | HispanicVote.com | I Vote Pro-Life First | Media Research Center | National Organization for Marriage | National Republican Congressional Committee | National Rifle Association | Republican National Committee | Tea Party Patriots | True the Vote | unidentified | unexpected | Radio Row | Candidates | More People | And More People
|link to CPAC 2012