On Thursday, the American Conservative Union hosted Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Colorado, a regional event aimed at addressing political issues and mobilizing conservatives in the Mountain West region. Speakers from many western states as well as around the country gathered to discuss topics such as the economy, regulation, energy and the future of the conservative movement. Even Mitt Romney made a surprise appearance.
With enthusiasm amplified by the previous night’s debate, speakers cracked jokes while addressing weighty issues. “What is this? Is Obama speaking here today?” asked Marco Rubio, pointing to the teleprompters at the podium when he walked on stage. Renewed and newfound optimism for Romney’s campaign were also evident in both the speakers and the audience. “I know we’re in a room of motivated conservatives, but if you just happen to be in the camp that until last night was crying in your beer about how this campaign was going, if you just happen to be in the camp that was wailing about how ‘oh if he only said this, if he only said that,’ ladies and gentlemen in three months we are going to be putting a government together, so get off your blogs, get away from your computers, get out of your beers and stop crying in them. Are you all in?” Artur Davis proclaimed to a room full of applause. “Up until now, conservatives have had a hard time loving Mitt Romney. They supported him, but after the debate, they love him.” declared Charlie Spiering on CPAC’s All Star Panel.
Many issues relevant to the country, and especially focusing on Colorado and the West were covered. Jobs, education, government control of land, energy, the second amendment, voter fraud, the war on women and the future of the conservative movement were all discussed, along with speeches by Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) and Sam Brownback (Kansas) discussing how they had addressed problems facing their respective states.
Colorado Congressman Corey Gardner gave one of the final speeches of the evening, on a more serious note posing the question “Will Reagan be remembered as the flash of light at the dusk of American history, or as the dawn of a better nation?”
The convention finished with a screening of Dinesh D’Souza’s hit film 2016: Obama’s America, which explores ideological principles and politics the president has identified as sources of inspiration, but which are misunderstood by the majority of Americans.
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