CPAC 2010: Live video, highlights from day one
Watch the entire 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference -- an annual gathering of right-wing notables and activists that dates back to 1973 -- live here:
If you missed the first few hours, here are some highlights. A full schedule of events can be found at CPAC.org.
Jason Mattera, spokesman for the Young America Foundation, joked about the president's drug use, saying that unlike Obama, "our notion of freedom doesn't consist of snorting cocaine." The crack got some applause but more surprised boos.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney got a rock star reception, prompting him to make the same joke he used at CPAC in 2008: "A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again." More seriously, Cheney predicted that Obama would be a "one term president."
Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio, running against moderate Gov. Charlie Crist in a very competitive primary race, opened the event with a rousing speech on American exceptionalism. "I am privileged to be a citizen of the single greatest society in all of human history," he told the crowd.
Jim DeMint followed Rubio, saying he was in tears watching the young conservative's speech. He defended his own firm stance against Republican moderates, getting wild applause for a dig at the party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
RedState founder Erick Erickson talked about the power of conservative media. "We've got Fox News, yeah, I guess," he said. "But imagine the way we can collaborate online to fight the left."
Dick Armey, the former lawmaker and corporate lobbyist who organized many Tea Party protests, gave a no-holds-barred tirade against Obama, calling him "intellectually shallow," "romantic" and "self-indulgent" and "the most incompetent president, perhaps, in our lifetime."
February 18, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency , Cast of Characters , Republican Party
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