By Joe Kaiser
Energized from Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin recall election last Tuesday, Midwestern conservatives came together this Friday at CPAC Chicago, with their efforts now focused on November.
The lineup of speakers included 2012 presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann; Senators Rand Paul and Ron Johnson; Governors John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell and Sam Brownback; Representatives Tim Huelskamp, Peter Roskam, Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren; and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
An overwhelming majority of the headline speakers mentioned the Wisconsin recall at least once, with most calling it a major win for conservatives and an impactful lead up to the November elections.
“Wisconsin has to be a model,” Senator Johnson said in his speech. “We turned a very blue state red. I have always been proud to be from Wisconsin and be a senator from Wisconsin, but I have never been more proud than I was on Tuesday night.”
Speakers also took time to hammer President Obama over his ‘doing just fine’ comment and emphasize the importance of the presidential election.
“We must fight together for the next couple of months to let people know American greatness is on the line [in this election],” Governor Christie said.
In an exclusive press conference with the media before his speech, Cain outlined five groups he thought will be pivotal not only for Mitt Romney’s chances at defeating Obama, but for Republican senate and house races also.
Cain said the groups he mentioned; Republicans, independents, people of faith, young people and disgruntled democrats; are necessary to get ‘conservatives excited about what new leadership would like in Washington D.C.’
The CPAC festivities also included a vice presidential straw poll which was won by Florida Senator Marco Rubio (30 percent), followed by Christie (14 percent) and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan (9 percent). Senator Paul, Governor Jindal and Santorum were the only other candidates to receive over 3 percent, polling at 8, 7 and 5 percent respectively.
Attendance for the event was estimated to be around 2,000 guests.
By Joe Kaiser
According to President Barack Obama’s twitter page, he and the first lady will be holding the “first” rallies of the 2012 campaign on May 5.
Most of us, though, know the president has been in a perpetual campaign since the midterm elections and is becoming less and less transparent in doing so. Obama’s appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ Tuesday night was, in the minds of many voters not already in the tank for Obama, an embarrassingly shallow campaign ploy. Obama continues to walk the fine line of breaking all sorts of campaign laws, in this case the equal time rule, as he “slow-jammed the news” with Fallon or, in more basic terms, spewed campaign rhetoric to the tune of some drums and guitars.
The Illinois Conservatives would like for everyone to remember Senator Mark Kirk in your thoughts and prayers, as the junior senator from our state suffered a stroke over the weekend. We sincerely wish the senator a quick and full recovery and we are thinking of him during his time of serious illness.
-The Leadership Team