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The federal government wastes billions of dollars every single year on programs where it has no legitimate role. That is wrong and government needs to be smaller and leaner. ACU believes in the current budget framework supported by conservatives in Congress. Within the fiscal parameters of that budget we also believe in further reductions in other areas to accommodate adequate spending levels in defense and infrastructure. Constitutional conservatives need to fight for legitimate spending in the areas of defense and transportation infrastructure: two delineated areas of federal...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) concluded with Senator Rand Paul winning the CPAC Straw Poll. The Straw Poll was sponsored by The Washington Times and conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.

Today’s 40th Annual National CPAC was a high-energy three-day conference bracketed by dynamic remarks by top regional and national conservative leaders.

In first place, Rand Paul secured 25% percent of the vote by registered CPAC attendees, followed by Senator Marco Rubio at 23% percent. ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Conservative Union (ACU) kicked off the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.  The three-day conference of America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists started with remarks by Al Cardenas, Chairman of the ACU.

Chairman Cardenas:

"CPAC 2013 was President Reagan's favorite conference. He saw it as family.” Continuing, he quoted Reagan saying “those who can't subscribe to principles…let them go.”  Urging unity, he spoke directly to libertarians, members of the...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, former Representative Allen West addressed a group of conservative activists during ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Allen West:

Addressing a crowd of enthusiastic conservatives, West said “We are defined by how quickly we pull ourselves off the mat” and “We understand that the Constitution was written to control the government, not the people.” Addressing the theme of CPAC 2013, West declared, “Now is the time we need a new generation of leaders.”

West closed...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a panel of top thinkers and leaders addressed a crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s a crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.

Panelists included:

Dr. Whit Ayers, President, North Star Opinion Research

Dan Garza, Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative

Helen Krieble, Founder and President, The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation

Jenny Korn, Executive Director, American Action Network

The Honorable Raúl...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marco Rubio addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C. Introduced by Al Cardenas, ACU Chairman, Rubio addressed a full room of attendees on a wide variety of issues facing our country.

Senator Marco Rubio:

“There is no tax increase in the world that will solve our debt problem.”  Regarding school choice, he said “Every parent in America should have the opportunity to send their child to the school of their choice.” He went...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C. Introduced by Al Cardenas, ACU Chairman, Paul addressed a full room of attendees, many of them standing through the duration of the speech.

Senator Rand Paul:

“No one person can decide the law; no one person can determine your guilt or innocence.”  He continued his remarks and asked “Mr. President, will you or won't you defend the constitution?”  Regarding the...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson returned to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) stage for the ever-popular “Fight Club 2013: A Liberal & A Conservative Duke it Out,” moderated by Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring. Begala is a CNN Political Contributor and Democratic strategist who frequently appears on CNN’s The Situation Room as well as other programs on all CNN networks. Carlson is a 20-year media veteran with a wide variety of experience in journalism and is currently a contributor to FOX News....

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Tim Scott addressed a group of conservative activists during ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.

Senator Tim Scott:

“We in America…are a conservative nation” arguing that “We have to grow our economy, not our government.” He discussed the need to “bring fiscal sanity back to Washington, D.C.”  Scott continued his theme on the economy and quoted a personal mentor who said “Having a job is a good thing, creating jobs is a far better thing.”

Scott’s full remarks are...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced a featured panel entitled “Budgets & Readiness: Can We Cut Defense Spending & Still Protect America?” at CPAC 2013, the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013. The defense panel will take place on Friday, March 15th at 12:15 pm.

“It is vital that we as conservatives not only promote strong national security but also in a way that’s...

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