“Honestly, yeah, I did think it would be a bigger walkout.”
The UKIP leader spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Maryland on Thursday. But by the time he took to the stage, the 5,000-seat hall had thinned out — significantly.
Farage will share a platform at this year’s CPAC with a number of potential presidential candidates from the Republican party. And Donald Trump.
Michelle Fields is chasing the neon Fox News searchlight, with an army of online admirers following her every step. What it’s like to be a female CPAC celebrity.
“I cannot … sit by and watch as the current leadership of the organization disingenuously pawns off an unconditional surrender to the forces of bigotry as some sort of ‘compromise,’” Chris Barron tells BuzzFeed.
A string of misadventures for the congresswoman.
Opponents of gay rights spoke to a nearly empty room, while supporters had a standing room–only crowd. “We cannot be at war with America on issues of fairness, on issues of equality,” conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin says.
Rand Paul picks up where his father left off.
Another year, another attack on Suhail Khan
Get your conservative on!
BuzzFeed asked dozens of CPAC attendees that question. A snapshot of the grassroots’ view on foreign policy.
Recommends a big sign that says “Pro gun? Go Vote.”
At CPAC, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms and a few others make the list.
Conservatives jump to their feet when he jokes about a run in 2016.
Tough words from Gingrich at CPAC.
CPAC crowd unmoved by the big moment, video shows. No gotcha here.
The Donald is fawned over by partisan bloggers and headline-hungry reporters at CPAC. The actual attendees were not as excited.
“My number one issue is: How do we support them and rally behind the gay community to make sure it’s safe for them, just, to live?” he said of international dangers. Uncertain on DOMA.
Back to Benghazi? Or: “Too many American wars?
The gay conservative is considering taking on the senior South Carolina senator in 2014. He also is taking on gay progressives — and defending DOMA.
While Rubio sticks to a traditional approach, Paul’s libertarian, reformist message gets the crowd going.
Florida Republican stuck to climate change and marriage equality. “Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way does not make me a bigot,” he said to applause.
GOProud’s executive director: “This event tonight was, in a way, a culmination of [a] three-year controversy with CPAC, and our allies showed up today to show their support. … [T]here are a significant number of influential people in the conservative movement who support us.”
At regional conservatives conference in Chicago, the Florida Senator takes a commanding lead in straw poll.
Inspired by Erick Erickson’s take on the hard-partying nature of young men at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Melissa Clouthier deplores the other big problem at the right’s annual gathering: “whores.”
He saw them buying condoms with his own eyes. An actual young conservative says Erickson’s view of what happens at the Conservative Political Action Conference is a little over-the-top.
Callista prefers Neiman Marcus. She shops, he reads, say the salespeople in the Tysons Corner Mall.
Romney reminds conservative activists 24 times that he’s one of them. That’s just a bit more than usual.
He hopes to move on from the conservative political action conference, and back to his core message.