Donald Trump CPAC
February 11, 2011 by USA Post
Donald Trump CPAC, (AP) – At what point is wide open on the Republican presidential field? Large enough that Donald Trump may ask you to hire. The billionaire real estate mogul and host of television’s “The Apprentice” has received a raucous reception Thursday when he dangled a possible nomination before thousands of conservatives who descended on the capital eager to help a challenger in the GOP Nation deny Barack Obama a second term.
“The United States became the laughingstock of the world,” Trump said, sounding every bit a candidate as he offered his rationale for a possible candidacy. In a speech sprinkled with jokes and jabs, it said he would decide in June whether to run.
“The Donald” was among nearly a dozen potential presidential candidates in various stages of considering a race of 2012, hearings before 11,000 in the three-day Conservative Conservative Political Action Conference. Some are more serious than others.
The annual gathering has marked the unofficial start of the GOP presidential nomination fight. Not one Republican has announced his candidacy, and every day seems to bring a new player in the mix. There is no clear front-runner to take over the Democratic incumbent.
Would be in the running were using the event to test messages, introduce themselves and gauge support.
“This is Barack Obama to a president of a term,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a favorite tea that flirts with a bid. Opening the conference, the keynote speaker, she said, “We all win in 2012.” It does not say whether she planned to attend the race.
Nor did the former chairman of the House Newt Gingrich.
He gave an overview of its platform capable, using his speech to criticize Obama’s policies as a “war of the U.S. energy” and propose to replace the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Solutions with an agency that said to reward innovation, could help create jobs and increase national security.
Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who lost in 2006 but is popular among anti-abortion and could run for president, said the Democrats were too willing to criticize their own country. “Some see America as less than perfect or imperfect squarely. … Well, I disagree with it,” said Santorum.
All three earned polite applause and standing ovations.
But it was Trump, who has shown interest in 1988 and 2000 presidential candidate but never did, whose appearance brought the house and created a circus atmosphere, even upstaging an appearance surprised by the former Vice-President Dick Cheney.
As Trump – who gave both Democratic and Republican candidates – took the stage, someone in the crowd before a packed house that screamed: “You’re Hired,” a play on its slogan of reality “you are fired. ”
He hit the right notes for the public; he said his anti-abortion and his support for Second Amendment protections for gun owners. And he offered a series of candid assessments.
Trump noted that it is “billions” as a successful businessman, adding: “. It’s a bit different from what you heard” On Obama, Trump said: “Nobody knew who he was hell, it is now our president. ”
“Ron Paul can get elected, people. I’m sorry,” he said to a mixture of applause and boos on the libertarian trend in Congress that Texas has a cult following. And Trump has said, American countries with trades are “screwed us.”
The crowd ate it up, receiving either showing hunger among conservatives for another option in a crowded area without prior warning or a case of being fascinated by a celebrity reality TV to the sharp-tongued in their medium.
Throughout the day, Republican Congressional candidates and in turn the presidency Obama bashing, cheering GOP wins in November and firing up the crowd for continued success in 2012.
“You stuck to your principles. You shouted from the rooftops and town halls,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “And we began our return.”
Rep. Kristi Noem, RS.D. Elected in November the GOP wave, said: “The tide is turning” and expects “that with so many Americans wake up to what their government is doing, we can make real progress. … And we can fight against the growth of government. ”
The menu for Friday: Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who ended his presidential campaign in 2008 when this meeting.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is to speak Saturday.
Several potential candidates were absent: Sarah Palin, the vice-chair of the 2008 GOP candidate, Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, are favorites among conservatives who have declined invitations, citing conflicts schedule.
Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, has not yet left as Obama’s ambassador to China, but he has signaled his intention to resign.
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