|CPAC Saturday Recap|
|News - News Blog|
|Saturday, 20 February 2010 23:39|
CPAC 2010 is over, and here is a recap of Saturday's stories:
Straw Poll In a surprise victory, Ron Paul won the CPAC Presidential Straw Poll with 31 percent of the vote. The results were met with a chorus of boos from the crowd, which was awaiting a speech by Glenn Beck. Paul had a strong contingent at this year's CPAC, so it is not that surprising that he would win the straw poll only to have the results booed. In a less surprising result, the straw poll showed that President Obama has only a 2 percent approval rating among CPAC attendees.
Gay Marriage Conservatives are usually considered to be anti-gay marriage, but at CPAC, an organization called GOProud challenged that notion. They are in favor of gay rights in the frame of a conservative agenda. I'll have an interview with their leader tomorrow on Newspulse.
Glenn Beck The conference wrapped up with a speech by Glenn Beck, who had people cramming into the ballroom as much as 3 or 4 hours before his speech to make sure that they would get seats. He blamed progressivism for the nation's problems, saying that the blame cannot be placed entirely with the president. He also challenged the notion of a big tent, a somewhat surprising move given the Reagan-centric nature of CPAC.
Thank Yous None of the work that you've seen on this blog and will hear on Newspulse would have been possible without the help of a lot of people. Thank you as always to Director of Broadcasting Joe Tarantowski and the WBWC Board of Directors, as well as Nate Lance from the B-W College Republicans, the CPAC staff at the American Conservative Union, the numerous press people I've worked with this weekend (especially Rachel from Rep. Pence's staff, who literally pulled me through a pile of people so I could talk to the Congressman), the XPAC staff, and the people at the Wardman Park hotel for providing a great venue for the event. I'm sure I'm missing people, but it's midnight and I get a little bit forgetful this time of night...
I've working on getting everything ready for Newspulse tomorrow, and it should be a great show. Tune in Sunday at 5:30 on 88.3 FM The Sting!