Presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz , will be in attendance when the American Conservative Union’s CPAC 2016 kicks off next week in Washington, DC. Missing is Governor John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio .
I’ve been to the last four CPAC conventions, so I understand many of the attendees that aren’t happy with Rubio’s decision, but you have to respect his decision as he feels this is the best direction for him and his campaign.
In the press release below, “rookie mistake” was used to describe Rubio’s decision. In my humble opinion, don’t expect him to change his mind after that. We don’t know what Rubio is thinking about the decision to miss this conference but whatever it is many of the attendees for the convention Will surely take him to the woodshed on social media.
Plans to Skip CPAC… https://t.co/nx9nbmiXkK
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) February 23, 2016
— The Hill (@thehill) February 23, 2016
Although, Marco Rubio has built a conservative record and has a high ACU rating, he and his campaign have made a rookie mistake. Today the Rubio campaign informed ACU’s chairman that their candidate is unwilling to make time to meet with activists and answer their questions at CPAC 2016. Sen. Rubio cannot have it both ways: he cannot hope to be the inspirational leader of conservatives and at the same time hide at the very moments when activists who comprise the heart and soul of the movement assemble and organize. For 43 years CPAC has been that critical moment, and this year’s conference will be the biggest yet.
Ronald Reagan came to CPAC 13 times; he launched his national political career from CPAC and our theme this year comes from President Reagan’s first public address after his 1980 election. That theme is “Our Time is Now.” Reagan’s words ring even truer today than when Reagan first said them. If we do not carry the country in 2016, America will be a different nation. But if conservatives are not central to the effort, we will fail before we even begin.
We also appreciate those candidates and former candidates who have made CPAC 2016 a priority: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina (our former Foundation Chair.) They honor Reagan’s legacy and they honor the thousands of conservative activists who will spend significant resources to travel to CPAC to learn, be inspired, and eventually vote in our straw poll for the person they want to carry the Reagan torch.
He did not attend Mark Levin’s one day conference last week before the South Carolina primary, and he still ended up second in polling, so maybe there’s a method to his madness.
But if you haven’t checked already, Watch the tech crew supporters go after Marco Rubio like sharks smelling blood and water.