Ted Cruz, the bombastic businessman was jeered for his decision to skip his speech scheduled for Saturday morning, in part because he may be vulnerable in states voting this weekend, but also because he reportedly objected to the question-and-answer format CPAC demanded of each of the visiting candidates.
“I think he saw there was a need and an interest in certain conservative ideas, and espoused them because they were convenient”. Their ranks include students, lifelong conservative activists, professional Republican political consultants and bloggers, many of whom say they will stay home on Election Day and even some who claim they will help Hillary Clinton in the fall. “You’re calling him a con artist and a fraud”.
While he didn’t throw his support behind any of the remaining candidates in the race, he did outline the type of candidate he was looking for – someone with a record of accomplishment, who treats his family well and has the right ethics and policies. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.
In an otherwise policy-heavy speech, Rubio avoided mentioning Trump by name, but he did make several pointed references criticizing the front-runner’s appeal.
“I don’t want us to have a president that would constantly have to be explained to our kids, ‘Look, I know that is what the president did, but you shouldn’t do that”.
“Where I grew up, when someone keeps punching people in the face, eventually someone’s going to have to stand up and punch them back”, he said to cheers from the crowd. “And we said no to that”.
Trump was a notable no-show at CPAC this year, where he’s spoken in years past. In Thursday night’s debate, Rubio’s attacked Trump’s business failures, his poor track record of conservative values, and his lack of experience, especially in the area of foreign affairs.
Sen. Marco Rubio pulled in 30 percent, with Donald Trump trailing with 15 percent in favor. Polls, however, show Rubio trailing Trump in the state by as much as 20 points.