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C. Claudio Simpkins

conservative political commentator and guest-blogger for It's A Free Country

C. Claudio Simpkins appears in the following:

The Impact of CPAC 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

A potential presidential candidate doesn't go to CPAC because they want to win the straw poll, they want to go there because you get 11,000 or so conservative activists in one place and hopefully you give a barn burner of a speech and then some chunk of that 11,000 comes out and says, I really like that guy.

Jim Geraghty, columnist and blogger for the National Review on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Checking in on CPAC

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jim Geraghty, columnist and blogger for the National Review, and C. Claudio Simpkins, conservative political commentator and guest-blogger for It's A Free Country, talk about what they saw at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.

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CPAC 2011 On The Ground: Straw Poll Time!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The results of the 2011 CPAC Straw Poll are in. Rep. Ron Paul, unsurprisingly, wins:

  • Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
  • Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
  • Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
  • South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
  • U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
  • Others: 5 percent
  • Undecided: 1 percent

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CPAC 2011 On the Ground: Day One

Friday, February 11, 2011

The 2011 Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) got off to a bang on Thursday with Donald Trump and newly-elected Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) providing immediate fireworks.

The Donald spoke to a riled up crowd, supporting a recent rumor that he is considering a presidential run on the Republican ticket, and outlined the contours of his potential platform. But more than anything, Trump got a lot of buzz for taking a shot at Sen. Paul's father, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, stating flatly that, "Ron Paul cannot get elected folks, I'm sorry." Given the number of Paul-ites and libertarians in the crowd, the statement produced some groans, boos, and jeers. The remainder of his speech looked to shore up his gun and pro-life bona fides and bemoaned American trade policy (Donald wants our money back from everyone, everywhere). Few consider Trump a legit contender for the Republican nomination, but by dipping his toes in the presidential pool, he should be good for "billions" of laughs.

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