CPAC 2013 is underway and the Lone Star connection continues to shine. Texas Governor Rick Perry took his fight against Medicaid expansion to the national stage and Texas Congressman Lamar Smith took his grievances with mainstream media to another level.
In the midst of a number of Republican governors caving under the pressure of trying to get any kind of revenue in their states, Perry is standing firm on his commitment against Medicaid expansion, but now, ahead of his scheduled appearance at CPAC, he fired off a letter asking the states’ congressional delegation to fight for flexibility on the Affordable Care Act.
On stage Perry continued his attack on the ACA, but added insults to former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his inability to gather the votes necessary to capture the White House. The conservative message, according to Perry should not change, nor is it out of date, but rather, needs a more conservative candidate to carry the ticket.
Texas Congressman Smith took shots at what he now calls the ‘national liberal media,’ which as we all know are dedicated to the cause of Liberalism and it’s destructive force. Smith cited a recent Gallup poll that showed ‘over 60% of the nation has little trust or faith in the national media.’
Cited as examples were the ‘National March for Life anti-abortion rally came to Washington DC, it attracted over 500,000 people to it. Despite this fact, ABC and CBS news gave it zero coverage. NBC news dedicated an entire 15 seconds to the rally. Conversely, all three networks covered a recent anti-gun rally that attracted, close to 1,000 people.’
CPAC, the ‘Conservative Political Action Conference,’ serves as a annual get together for conservative activists. The Conference is hosted by the American Conservative Union Foundation, as well as, Human Events, the Young America’s Foundation and the National Rifle Association.
Founded in 1973, speakers have included some of the best Conservatism has to offer. Among those honoring the conference include, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and finally, Ronald Reagan, who by all rights should carry the title with the most speeches. Reagan spoke at the event, before, during and after his presidency, a total of 12 times.
Joining the Texas connection will be, Senator Ted Cruz and former governor of Florida, Jed Bush.