Being at my first Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was something that I was in awe of and tremendously happy to be a part of. I have had so many people who have been a part of the Newsninja2012 family through the home base website to the Twitter breakout, the Facebook Fan Page resurgence to an ever bigger explosion of the YouTube channel. These individuals that remain quietly in the background are my most closest supporters and friends.
During Day 1 of CPAC, Katie Pavlich, Political Editor of Townhall opened the conference as the emcee. I am not sure if she ever served in the military but she took charge of the order of events and ran them like clockwork. The Citadel Republican Society Color Guard presented the colors while Jordan Hostetter performed the National Anthem.
Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union gave a superb speech before announcing the anticipated speakers who followed him. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was first to take to the podium followed by the Honorable Allen West. Sidenote: This entire ballroom expanded 10 times it’s size when Mr West took to stage.
After Allen West brought down the house with a fiery speech, Marco Rubio came out a little later and knocked down the walls of the house with a very touching, inspiring, funny and serious presentation that once again filled the room with supporters and well wishers.
The last of the big three came out and nobody sat down while he spoke. I am referencing Senator Rand Paul. Rand spoke on various issues that included the filibuster that he did last week. The atmosphere was electric and the rest of the house was totally destroyed by Paul. Check out his speech!
All three of these individuals personified what many of these young conservatives attended this conference for. The first day was a great day for speakers and opening day festivities.
Senator Tim Scott, Governor Rick Perry and many others joined them on the stage and did a great job motivating and teaching the audience about what will help us win in the future, what makes us stronger and how standing and fighting to defend freedom will win out in the end.