Toomey, Santorum Speak At CPAC

toomey cpacNational Harbor, MD — Conservative and libertarian activists from all over America gathered just outside Washington, D.C. this weekend to hear from leaders in the right wing. The Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual conference hosted by the non-profit American Conservative Union Foundation.

Sen. Pat Toomey and former senator Pennsylvania Rick Santorum were among various political figures to address the conference attendees on topics such as fiscal concerns and social values. Excluding the late Republican-turned-Democrat senator Arlen Specter, Toomey and Santorum are the last two GOP senators to represent the commonwealth in the upper chamber.

Senator Pat Toomey

Toomey spoke early in the conference on Thursday morning. His speech focused primarily on the current debate in Washington over how to cut government spending, and was received warmly by the crowd.

He declared that “we have gone on a spending binge” and “the biggest impediment [to economic growth] we have today is a big, bloated government.”

Pennsylvania’s junior senator characterized the recent budget battles as a fight between the center-right and the left. “It was the left that got us into this mess,” he claimed.

Toomey implied that conservatism lost some ground in 2012 due to a lack of a coherent fiscal message; referencing President Obama’s campaign success he said, “we never had an alternative compelling narrative.”
Rick Santorum

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s intellectual bombast and firebrand, for which he was famous during the 2012 Republican primaries, was subdued early in his speech.  His tone was somber as he spoke of the death of his young nephew just the previous day.

Santorum, who appeared at times to be on the verge of tears, indicated that he had rewritten his address in its entirety just a few hours prior to the speech.

The speech, laden with historical and perhaps esoteric references, urged conservative Americans to focus their values and “fight for the principles that made this country great. We have to fight for those who are suffering and being left behind.”

“What is the ‘why’ of America? What is the American dream?” the former senator asked. “America is a why, it’s an ideal. It’s a set of principles and values.”

Despite being the most markedly socially conservative speech given at CPAC, Santorum’s address was met with a standing ovation.

Critics of CPAC say that the event is not representative of the conservative movement as a whole.  Straw polls from the conference in the past have rarely been right in choosing the next frontrunners of the Republican party.  CPAC has also been criticized for lacking transparency since the ACU, as a 501(c)4 organization, is under no obligation to publish the names of its donors.

Here are the speeches in full.

Toomey:

Santorum:

March 18th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “Toomey, Santorum Speak At CPAC”

  1. LycoGirl says:

    Wow, Observer…what have you been observing: Fox, Breitbart.com and Beck? You’re downright scary.

  2. An Observer says:

    Sorry, David, revisionist history is no good, even if you are parroting every mainstream outlet. Bush did not create, and barely even contributed to, the “fiscal problems”, which rests squarely on the shoulders of Senate democrats (housing crisis) and House democrats (several awful budgets).

  3. Toomey seems to have forgotten how Bush created the fiscal problems. The Iraq War, the irresponsible tax cuts, collapse of Wall St., etc.

  4. bobguzzardi says:

    Big Government Establishment Pro Life Statist Republican Rick Santorum in Maryland. good, the less he is in Pennsylvania the better.

    Pat Toomey is the leader of fiscal common sense policies. Most working young people know they are paying for something they will never get: Social Security and Entitlements. They know opportunities are not there except for the political elite. They know the debt burden they are carrying and they know the Democrats and Big Government Republicans, like Rick Santorum, are not doing anything to help them. When everyone is on welfare, America will be Detroit.

    Intuitively, young people know America is not likely to keep its promises to them.

  5. Aaron Hartman says:

    Toomey move on from 2012 election Obama win the election get over it and sanatorium don’t ever reminded makers and takers

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