Conservatives Gather in Washington, DC
33rd Annual Conservative Political Action Conference, February 9-11, 2006
"Looking to the Right"  David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, brings the 33rd Annual CPAC conference to a close.  CPAC bills itself as "the largest gathering of conservative political activists in the country."  Congressman Mike Pence described CPAC as "a forum where leaders of our party and the leaders of our movement come together."  Conference attendee Dwain Leitzel of Macungie, PA said conferences like CPAC provide an opportunity "to make it clear how the base stands."  In addition to speeches by prominent conservatives, including a number of potential 2008 presidential candidates, dozens of groups set up in the exhibit hall and provided attendees with information on their activities. 

Potential presidential candidates speaking at CPAC 2006 included Sen. George Allen (R-VA), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as well as Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN).  Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) had been scheduled to appear but did not show up.

Columnist and Author George Will
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Singer Pat Boone
Vice President Dick Cheney
Sen. George Allen (R-VA)

Columnist and Author Ann Coulter
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN)

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Tony Fabrizio presents CPAC 2006 Straw Poll results

Americans for Dr. Rice
Frances Rice, Chairman, National Black Republican Association
Pedro Celis, Chairman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) watches video at Americans for Immigration Control booth
Bloggers and Talk Radio

Conservative Voices:

CPAC Attendees Speak

Dwain Leitzel
Macungie, PA
Barbara Finger
Oconto, WI
Kristinn Taylor
Washington, DC area

CPAC 2006
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