CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference Begins

By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Feb 10, 2021

CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference - Begins. CPAC is the Conservative Political Action Conference going on now in Washington this week. There are many social issues that bring division, but the real conflict at the convention today erupted between young libertarians and supporters of the Bush administration.

The annual convention has attracted about 11,000 conservatives to the nation’s capital, many of them young supporters of libertarian icon Ron Paul. They were ready this afternoon to show their opposition to the Bush administration when former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was presented with the conference’s “Defenders of the Constitution” award.

Loud boos resounded through the convention hall as Rumsfeld’s name was announced on stage. The numerous young attendees got up from their seats and filed out of the room in protest. The commotion only grew when former Vice President Dick Cheney surprised the audience by showing up to honor his longtime friend and White House colleague.

The crowd was on its feet, some cheering “Cheney for president!” The boos from CPAC’s libertarian contigent continued and at times interrupted Cheney’s remarks. “America is stronger and more secure” because of Rumsfeld’s service, he said, prompting one person to loudly shout, “Where’s bin Laden at!”

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