Former U.S. Congressman Allen West got the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) off to a rousing start with a stirring speech Thursday morning. West lost a close Florida congressional race in 2012, but remains a favorite among conservative activists.
CPAC is an annual gathering of conservatives from around the country. The three day event is taking place just outside Washington, D.C.
Allen West used his time to reject calls for moving toward more moderate stances. The former Army lieutenant colonel also advocated for a strong national defense.
“I’m a conservative because I understand that real peace comes from the Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps,” West said.
You can watch the entire speech here:
Texas Governor Rick Perry sounded very much like a man who wants to take another shot at the GOP presidential nomination. Perry entered the 2012 race in mid-August of 2011 as the frontrunner, but quickly fizzled out.
Perry told the CPAC attendees that Republican failures in 2008 and 2012 were not the result of voters rejecting conservatives, because the GOP did not nominate conservatives in those years.
“The popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections. That’s what they think. That’s what say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012,” Perry said.
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