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March 15th, 2013
 

CPAC Day Two: Romney, Ryan Return to Spotlight; Jindal Jokes; Somber Santorum Preaches Traditional Values

2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was greeted warmly by the CPAC crowd Friday morning. This was the former Massachusetts governor’s first major speech since his November defeat. Despite the setback, Romney offered optimism for the GOP’s chances in the future.

“We’ve lost races before, and in the past, those setbacks prepared us for larger victories. It is up to us to make sure that we learn from my mistakes, and from our mistakes, so that we can win the victories those people and this nation depend upon,” Romney said.

Some observers reported that Romney said Republicans should moderate their stances and message. However, if you view the video or read the transcript, you can see he made no such comments.

Romney did encourage conservatives to get behind their Republican governors. He included the names Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, along with several others. McDonnell and Christie were not invited to CPAC and have angered conservatives with some of their recent decisions.

“We need the ideas and leadership of each of these governors,” Romney said. “We particularly need to hear from the Governors of the blue and purple states, like Bob McDonnell, Scott Walker, John Kasich, Susanna Martinez, Chris Christie, and Brian Sandoval because their states are among those we must win to take the Senate and the White House.”

Romney’s 2012 running mate, Paul Ryan, also took the stage at CPAC on Friday. The Wisconsin congressman ignored talk of the last election. He also did not give indications of preparing for a run in 2016. Instead, Ryan spent his time defending the GOP budget that he authored.

2012 Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum offered a somber tone. Santorum’s nephew Billy passed away Thursday night. He honored his family member and transfixed the audience with a focus on social conservatism. It was the kind of low-key, yet powerful, speech that helped Santorum rise from the bottom of the pack to a victory in Iowa.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal lightened the mood with his speech. Jindal delivered a series of one-liners, poking fun at himself, the Obama administration and both political parties. He also criticized the Republican Party’s fixation on budget issues, arguing that government is not the answer to America’s problems.


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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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