The weekend before Valentine’s Day 2011 marked the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). This is a highlight in conservative events and sets the tone for the Republican Primary for the Presidential race in 2012. Many view the CPAC as a rite of passage for the potential Republican nominees.
Below is the review of the speakers and how they fared at the 2011 conference.
Ron Paul of Texas won the straw poll the second year in a row. He was obviously the favored conservative of the weekend. Many feel though he is more of a sensational speaker rather than one who can turn the liberal tide of the country.
Orrin Hatch received the most boos from the crowd. He was asked to explain his supporting vote of the bail-out. Although he admitted it might have been a mistake, he felt that the country would have entered a severe depression if the government had not stepped in. The crowd was so rowdy and obviously opposed to his voting choice, many never heard his response. Hatch will have to do much to repair his reputation, some feel, if he hopes to gain candidacy in 2012.
Mitt Romney of Massachusetts delivered a powerful speech which was very well received by the crowd. He is considered to be the front runner for the conservative race for President in 2012.
Mitch Daniels of Indiana hit the national debt hard in his delivered address. Although his speech was only met with polite applause, he was considerably praised by the national media and made the Drudge Report.
Michele Bachmann of Minnesota also could be considered a “winner” at the CPAC. Her address produced a standing ovation. It is reported that she was surrounded by admirers where ever she went at the conference.
Although there is still much time before the 2012 Presidential Elections many feel that the CPAC has set the stage for conservative nominees. As the public was reintroduced to these conservative super stars, it can better determine who should be selected.