|"Looking to the Right" David Keene, Chairman of the
American Conservative Union, brings the 33rd Annual CPAC conference to
a close. CPAC bills itself as "the largest gathering of conservative
political activists in the country." Congressman Mike Pence described
CPAC as "a forum where leaders of our party and the leaders of our movement
come together." Conference attendee Dwain Leitzel of Macungie, PA
said conferences like CPAC provide an opportunity "to make it clear how
the base stands." In addition to speeches by prominent conservatives,
including a number of potential 2008 presidential candidates, dozens of
groups set up in the exhibit hall and provided attendees with information
on their activities.
Potential presidential candidates speaking at CPAC 2006 included Sen.
George Allen (R-VA), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), and former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich as well as Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Rep.
Mike Pence (R-IN). Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) had been scheduled to
appear but did not show up.
Columnist and Author George Will
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Singer Pat Boone
Vice President Dick Cheney
Sen. George Allen (R-VA)
|Copyright © 2006 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action|