First Word: Contradictions galore at CPAC

Updated
Sen. Rand Paul speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Sen. Rand Paul speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013.
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It seems as though Republicans and conservatives are truly experiencing an identity crisis. During the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the first set of speakers ended up having contradicting messages on the direction of the Republican party. Sen. Marco Rubio stuck to embracing good ol’ conservative values while Sen. Rand Paul argued that the party must change. “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?” But opposition to President Obama and his administration was the uniting factor for all the attendees.

  • Sen. Rand Paul arguing that the GOP must change
  • Conservative activists and organizations are hoping that Republicans won’t reciprocate on “charm offensive”
  • Romney’s speech today will be his first since losing the presidential election
  • Donald Trump gets better reception from media than from conservatives
  • Republican Sen. Rob Portman now supports gay marriage
  • Why President Obama and Congress are at an impasse
  • Feinstein says she felt “patronized” from her “arrogant” colleague
  • Cory Booker plans eight cross-country fundraisers for Senate bid
  • Boehner rejects Obama’s invitation to be in U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope Francis
  • North Dakota poised to enact six-week abortion ban, the most stringent ban in the nation

First Word: Contradictions galore at CPAC

Updated