CPAC 2013 Rand Paul Victorious LIVE BLOG

With post straw poll coverage...
 CPAC Straw poll results are in:
 1st Place: Rand Paul 25%
 2nd Place: Marco Rubio 23%
 3rd Place: Rick Santorum 8%
 4th Place: Chris Christie 7%

Raw video of audience reaction to Straw Poll results:

Archived video of Senator Rand Paul’s speech:

Special thanks to

——–LIVE BLOG ——–
6.43 pm Aaron Jones:

My recap of events at CPAC

7.43 pm Aaron Jones:

Photos from Gage at MORE!

11.10 pm Aaron Jones:

This is worthy of a separate post. Many on the freedom/liberty side, think that Sen. Paul hasn’t gone far enough to criticize our overseas drone policy and the resulting blowback. If you look carefully, Paul has been mentioning the issue—one step at a time…

10.59 pm Aaron Jones:

Post CPAC 2013 aftermath…
Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen: Rand Paul is a 2016 frontrunner

10.34 pm Aaron Jones:

National Rifle Association President David Keene told the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference that the Republican Party must embrace libertarian trailblazers like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other factions of conservatism, or it will die.

3.33 am Aaron Jones:

Great image from contributor, Benjamin Rogers of

3.11 am Aaron Jones:

Keynote speech from Senator Ted Cruz. Strongly supports Rand Paul’s filibuster and opposes NDAA!

3.05 am Aaron Jones:

Media Blitz…

Boston Herald:…ins_straw_poll


Fox News:…-takes-second/

NBC News…se-second?lite

Washington Post…ac-straw-poll/

Huffington Post…p_ref=politics


6.00 pm

Seriously guys, go watch Ted Cruz right now. He’s opposing NDAA and supporting Paul’s filibuster in his speech. Amazing change for tone at CPAC! Amazing! Watch:

5.42 pm

Senator Ted Cruz strongly praising Sen. Rand Paul in his key note speech. Numerous mentions. See live stream top of post.

5.39 pm

BREAKING: #CPAC2013 Straw Poll Results: Paul 25%, Rubio 23%, Santorum 8%, Christie 7%, Ryan 6%, Walker 5%, Carson 4%, Cruz 4%

5.08 pm

4.57 pm

Ann Coulter on now…straw poll results soon….

3.41 pm

It’s hard to know for sure, but the buzz is strong for either Senator Rubio or Paul winning at the straw poll. The questions that accompanied the poll were very interesting. They focused on, besides the social conservative vs. fiscal conservative debate, how and when drones should be used. The very fact that the poll tackled those issues shows you the influence of Sen. Paul on framing the debate here with this key conservative group.

1.28 pm

Rest of day…

2:45 “CPAC 2013 All Star Panel” Potomac Ballroom
Robert Costa, Washington Editor, National Review
Ralph Hallow, Chief Political Writer, Washington Times
Larry O’Connor, Editor-at-Large, Breitbart News Network/Co-Host, “Mornings on the Mall,”
WMAL 105.9 FM
Rusty Humphries, Host, “The Rusty Humphries Show”
Others TBA
Moderator: Genevieve Wood, Vice President, Marketing, The Heritage Foundation
3:00 Moving Screening: “Hating Breitbart,” You can judge a man by his enemies, Chesapeake 4-6
Panel discussion to follow, 93 minutes
* Sponsored by Citizens United. Open to all registered CPAC 2013 attendees.
3:15 Book Signing: Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama Exhibit Hall D-E
by Ann Coulter
3:45 Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee Potomac Ballroom
3:55 David Keene, President, National Rifle Association Potomac Ballroom
4:00 Exhibit Hall Closes Exhibit Hall D-E
4:10 The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rogers, Chairwoman, Republican Conference,
U.S. House of Representatives Potomac Ballroom
4:25 YouTube and Essay Contest Winners Announced Potomac Ballroom
4:35 Presentation of Blogger of the Year Award Potomac Ballroom
4:40 Ann Coulter, Political Commentator & Best Selling Author Potomac Ballroom
4:50 One America News Network Announcement Potomac Ballroom
5:00 Washington Times/CPAC 2013 Straw Poll Results Potomac Ballroom
5:10 The Honorable Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator (R-TX) Potomac Ballroom
5:45 Adjournment Potomac Ballroom
Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union

11.33 am

11:30 Richard Fisher, President & Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve
Bank of Dallas National Harbor 2-3
11:30 Book Signing: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great Exhibit Hall D-E
by Dr. Ben Carson
11:30 Book Signing: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas Exhibit Hall D-E
11:45 The Honorable Artur Davis, former U.S. Representative Potomac Ballroom
12:00 The Honorable Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska Potomac Ballroom
Introduction: Chris Cox, Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action, National
Rifle Association

12:00 “Conscience and its Enemies” Chesapeake G-H
Robert George, Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University (INVITED)
* Sponsored by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Open to all registered CPAC
2013 attendees.
12:00 Book Signing: The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John Allison Exhibit Hall D-E
12:20 Phyllis Schlafly, Founder, Eagle Forum Potomac Ballroom

5pm is the straw poll results…

4.20 am Aaron Jones:

Every rose has its thorn…and doesn’t every conference have one of these guys? #CPACNightlife

12.12 am Aaron Jones:

Amongst all of the creepy CRs and people looking to get involved w/ the next hot button issue or politician there are moments of beauty…even at CPAC…

10.46 pm

Great vid from Reason:

8.04 pm

Court deals blow to CIA drone secrecy
(interesting development)
For now, the Central Intelligence Agency can still maintain its official silence on whether it uses armed drones. But a new court decision Friday could force the agency to provide some information about what kind of records they have on the subject and spell out why it’s not required to say more about them.
In the first judicial blow to secrecy surrounding the Obama Administration’s armed drone program, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously rejected the CIA’s claim that it could refuse to confirm or deny whether it possesses any records related to drone strikes.

Read more:

7.57 pm Aaron Jones:

Ha ha! File this under #RandPaulProblems

7.38 pm Aaron Jones:

Amazing the effects of the Liberty Movement. McConnell embraces legalizing hemp and he #StandsWithRand on drone policy.

Mitch McConnell, the leader of the GOP minority in the Senate, struck an upbeat tone in his Friday morning address to the conservative activists gathered at CPAC. “Friends, this is a moment of renewal. I truly believe it,” he said. In this era of new beginning, McConnell is seeking his sixth Senate term next year, and the 71-year-old conservative Republican is embracing his much younger Kentuckian, Rand Paul.

 “More than ever, we need the kind of constitutional conservatives we’ve got in the Senate who’ve been really bringing the fight to the left,” McConnell said to loud cheers. “And I’m going to mention my Kentucky colleague Rand Paul as an example of that. He’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about. He’s a warrior, and we need more warriors.”

7.28 pm Aaron Jones:

Flashback to earlier today. Rick Santorum speaks at CPAC 2013. Seemingly a support of monarchy vs. the French Revolution, curious.

7.25 pm Aaron Jones:

Congrats to Julie Borowski for winning blogger of the year!

7.08 pm Aaron Jones:

Archived video of talk on the Future of the Liberty Movement. Sorry my ugly face is in the video while I share the link and try to get my power cord to start working! This is recorded/live streamed off my laptop so don’t complain about quality! lol

Video streaming by Ustream

7.01 pm Aaron Jones:

In the Chesapeake room for free food (pizza, not bad) and an open bar. Lots of Rick Santorum people–Catholics aren’t afraid to drink. #cpac2013 #StandWithRand #RickSantorum

5.14 pm Aaron Jones:

LIVE NOW. The Future of the Liberty Movement. Sen Paul’s staff speaking and Peter Schiff and more!

Free live streaming by Ustream SHARE NOW!

2.51 pm

via Rand Paul:
Please join my Chief of Staff Doug Stafford at CPAC today at 5pm in the National Harbor room, 4-5 for a panel on “The Liberty Movement and its role in the Conservative Movement.” Radio host Peter Schiff will also be part of the panel.

2.44 pm

We just invested for a much needed external hard drive to assist with video work. I want to give our viewers a chance to help us out to cover this. Please help us out if you can. Just 4 people chipping in will cover it! Are you glad Aaron was at CPAC to hand out those Stand With Rand stickers?

Well, show us by standing just a wee bit with Aaron!


12.21 pm Aaron Jones:

Some raw video from CPAC I took just as I arrived. This is my little camera for stuff on the fly…not intended to be fancy. Hope you enjoy! (check back the video is new and may be processing)

11.59 am Aaron Jones:

Rick Santorum is coming up at 12 noon…interesting that directly following him is this:

“Budgets & Readiness: Can We Cut Defense Spending & Still
Protect America?”
Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Van Hipp, Jr., Chairman, American Defense International
The Honorable James Inhofe, U.S. Senator (R-OK)
Christopher Preble, Vice President, Defense & Policy Studies, Cato Institute Moderator: The Honorable Donald Devine, Vice Chairman, American Conservative Union/Editor, Conservative Battleline

Mitt Romney is up at 1pm *Watch all of this live in the live stream, above.

9.24 am Aaron Jones:

Lindsey Graham Speaks around 12 noon…

What questions would you like to see asked, if there is a chance?

11.36 pm Aaron Jones:

Judge Napolitano’s analyses…

7.56 pm Aaron Jones:

“The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,” Paul said. “I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?”
Paul also offered an extensive defense of his 13-hour filibuster last week — the same effort that drew the ire of McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Over the course of those 13 hours, Paul pushed the Obama administration to clarify that it wouldn’t use drones against non-combatant U.S. citizens on American soil.

“To those who would dismiss this debate as frivolous, I say tell that to the heroic young men and women who have sacrificed their limbs and lives,” Paul said. “Tell it to Sergeant J.D. Williams … who sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers. Tell J.D., who lost both legs and an arm; tell him his sacrifice was great but that we had to suspend the Bill of Rights he fought for.
“Yes, the filibuster was about drones, but also about much more. Do we have a Bill of Rights or not? Do we have a Constitution or not, and will we defend it?”

7.44 pm Aaron Jones:

Some random responses from people…this video is from Current or the Guardian?

7.26 pm Aaron Jones:

Meanwhile, WAR DRUMS:
JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.

6.17 pm Aaron Jones:

Not that it matters, but Rick Santorum now not standing with Rand.
“I disagree with Sen. Paul’s isolationist policies and believe that the most important role of our president is to keep us safe,” Santorum told Politico.

5.48 pm Aaron Jones:

Interesting…several tables supporting drafting Judge Napolitano to run for president in 2016 – at CPAC. RevPAC is now under new ownership pushing this. Seems like a good idea to get more liberty people on the stage to me.

5.42 pm Aaron Jones:

CPAC is always creepy…so you get stories like this…
Rand Paul Is So Hot Right Now (Daily Beast)

I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred on Grooveshark
Where I was filming from, I had no idea he had jeans on!…

5.37 pm Aaron Jones:

Some guy named Scott Valentine…lol

5.35 pm Aaron Jones:

Full video of Senator Marco Rubio at CPAC…he was, my bias aside, more energetic and dynamic aesthetically, during his speech…

5.32 pm Aaron Jones:

Whatever, drudge…

3.21 pm Aaron Jones:

Photos of Sen. Paul at CPAC…

3.20 pm Aaron Jones:

Fair to say Senator Paul is winning this poll

Fox Poll: Who will win CPAC 2013

3.17 pm Aaron Jones:

Rand Paul: “The GOP Of Old Has Grown Stale And Moss-Covered” – Real Clear Politics

The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere. If we’re going to have a Republican party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP. We must have a message that is broad, our vision must be broad, and that vision must be based on freedom.

There are millions of Americans, young and old, native and immigrant, black, white and brown, who simply seek to live free, to practice a religion, free to choose where their kids go to school, free to choose their own health care, free to keep the fruits of their labor, free to live without government constantly being on their back. I will stand for them. I will stand for you. I will stand for our prosperity and our freedom, and I ask everyone who values liberty to stand with me. Thank you. God bless America.

1.16 pm Aaron Jones:

CPAC 2013 is running on schedule…a little birdie told me that there will be a good drone joke at the start of the speech…Don’t Drone Me Bro?

1.59 am Aaron Jones:

(Campus Reform) A conservative student activist is asking attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to stand throughout Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) speech, as sign of solidarity for his historic 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday…(1:30 pm Thursday)

1.46 am Aaron Jones:

Supporters of Senator Rand Paul planning to meet in the main ballroom directly after Paul speaks to create a group video… (Paul is slated to speak at 1:30pm) Chanting #StandWithRand I presume? and perhaps “…2016?”

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