In a marathon speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, former President Donald Trump boasted about his experience in the White House and made a promise to “deal with the RINOs.”
President Donald Trump won the 2024 presidential straw poll by a significant margin. It was apparent that Trump. In his keynote address at the event, Trump referred to the upcoming election as “the final battle” and acknowledged that he has gained wisdom about how Washington works. Attendees of the conference eagerly anticipated his remarks during this much-awaited speech.
Trump said, “We are never going back to the people that want to destroy our great social security system, even some in our own party, I wonder who that might be,”
Trump made a promise to “appropriately deal with the RINOs,” referring to Republicans in Name Only. He went on to state that there would be no return to the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and Jeb Bush.
He went on to say, “Every time the polls get higher and higher, the prosecutors get crazier and crazier. They’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you, and that’s why I’m standing here today. I’m standing before you because we’re going to finish what we started. We’re going to complete the mission.”
During the annual event’s straw poll held in Fort Washington, MD, Trump received overwhelming support from 62% of respondents. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second with 20%, despite not being present at the conference. Michigan billionaire Perry Johnson secured third place.
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According to organizers, more than 2,000 attendees participated in a separate poll for vice president at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Kari Lake, who lost the Arizona governor’s race last year, emerged as the leader with 20% support. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed closely behind with 14%.
Trump’s strong showing at CPAC was not surprising given that the annual gathering of conservatives attracts many activists from the GOP’s “MAGA” wing. However, several other potential GOP candidates, including DeSantis, chose to attend an overlapping three-day Club for Growth event in Palm Beach, Florida. This event did not include Trump and instead attracted major GOP donors.