National Harbor, Md. — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll.
Paul won with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 21 percent. In third place was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (12 percent), followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson (11 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (8 percent).
CPAC is a yearly gathering of conservatives. The conference used to be held in Washington, D.C. but as the conference grew, it moved to National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington. The announcement of the straw poll results was the final presentation of the conference. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — After a 15-minute speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum defended his freedom to act on his religious beliefs in the public square and asserted that a society that conforms to one set of secular ideas is a "dangerous thing."
After Santorum provided the audience with a heartfelt speech reasserting his desire to stabilize the economy, help the "little guy" and bomb ISIS back to the "seventh century," the 56-year-old was asked during a question-and-answer session how he would answer moderate Republicans who did not like the fact that he was a devout Roman Catholic.
Santorum, who ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2012, asserted that the Constitution protects his rights to act according to his faith in the public forum. more >>
Tom Schweich, Missouri's Republican state auditor who was the frontrunner for the governor's office in the upcoming 2016 election who died in an "apparent suicide" at his home Thursday, was worried that his political rivals were planning to spread rumors that he was Jewish even though he was a member of a Christian church.
According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Schweich confided in Post-Dispatch Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger on Tuesday morning that he believed John Hancock, the newly elected chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, had been misinforming people that he was Jewish. The Post-Dispatch notes that he was a member of the Church of St. Michael & St. George, an Episcopal congregation in Clayton.
The 54-year-old father of two was hospitalized Thursday following a "medical situation at his home," according to Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy in a KSDK report. He said Schweich suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital's trauma center Thursday. An autopsy was expected to be performed at 7:30 a.m. Friday but officers indicated that the evidence so far points to suicide. more >>
Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addressed the record of Hillary Clinton, the Democrats most likely presidential nominee, Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.
"Mrs. Clinton, please name an accomplishment," she said. "And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments do not represent a conflict of interest.
"She tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won't answer basic questions about her own offices' pay standards, and neither will our president. Hillary may like hashtags. But she does not know what leadership means." more >>
Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is continuing to voice his growing outrage over the Common Core state education standards, which the federal government played an influential role in encouraging most states to adopt.
Speaking at a Thursday luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Principles Project, a conservative organization rallying opposition to Common Core, Jindal argued that the Common Core standards stand against American values and causes local communities to lose control over how they educate their own children.
Although Jindal initially supported the Common Core standards when they were first introduced in 2010, in the last year he has flipped sides and now strongly opposes it. Many pundits claim that Jindal's recent switch on Common Core is due to the fact that he is trying to jockey for support in the upcoming 2016 elections by appealing to many Tea Party and social conservative voters who also oppose the standards. more >>
Potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke with The Christian Post about abortion, Common Core, a Supreme Court gay marriage case, and how her religious views influence her public policy views.
Fiorina has worked most of her life as a business executive. She's probably best known as the first woman to head a Fortune 20 company. From 1999 to 2005, she was CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a large information technology company based in California.
In 2008 she served as an advisor on Republican presidential nominee John McCain's campaign. And in 2010 she ran for a U.S. Senate seat in California. more >>