"Can Social Conservatives and Libertarians Ever Get Along" Panel Address Crowd at CPAC St. Louis

Published: September 28, 2013

Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388[email protected]

St. Charles, MO – Today, a panel of distinguished leaders addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s fourth regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC ) in St. Louis, MO. The panel was titled: "Can Social Conservatives and Libertarians Ever Get Along?"

Panelists included:

Geoffrey Neale, Chairman, Libertarian Party

Matthew Spalding, Ph.D., Vice President, American Studies and Director, B. Kenneth Simon for Principles and Politics, The Heritage Foundation

Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Moderator: Tom Minnery, Executive Director, CitizenLink


From Left to Right: Tom Minnery, Geoffrey Neale, Matthew Spalding, Doug Brandow

Photo Credit: Eric Draper Photography

Selected comments by the panelists include:

Geoffrey Neale: “The Libertarian Party was built in 1971. It was built on a simple principle: Liberty.”

Dr. Matthew Spalding: “Our Conservatism asserts truths endowed by our creator”

Doug Bandow: “It is hard to have virtue without liberty. It’s also hard to have liberty without virtue.”

Full remarks are available via YouTube here.

Please note that the schedule is available on our CPAC St. Louis website under “Program.”


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