Conservative Conference Highlights GOP Divisions - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Conservative Conference Highlights GOP Divisions

Posted: Updated:
Washington, D.C. -

(FOX 11 / AP) The nation's top Republican leaders are courting conservative activists gathered in suburban Washington this week, highlighting the tug of war over the soul of the GOP.

Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast.

Conservative firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin headlined a crowded Thursday speaking program that also featured National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Conservatives have been slow to embrace the New Jersey governor, who wasn't invited to last year's conference but has the chance to make his first public address in Washington since a political retribution scandal erupted in January.

Christie is expected to call on activists and party leaders to not waste time with political arguments that don't produce results. He is also expected to criticize the media, a strategy that plays well among tea party supporters and could help improve his standing among skeptical conservatives.

The event comes one year after Republican officials released a comprehensive plan to broaden the GOP's appeal after a disappointing 2012 election season. But the party is far from united as it looks to the future. The conference is expected to showcase intraparty divisions on foreign policy, political strategy and social issues.

The debate could weigh heavily on the November midterm elections, which will decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Barack Obama's presidency.

With control of the Senate within the GOP's reach, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said there are early signs of a pragmatic shift among conservative activists who typically favor ideological purity at all costs.

"Most people are realizing that it's cool to be selecting the most conservative in the race, but there's an additional caveat that needs to be added, and that's who can win in the general election," he said.

Cardenas said the conference will also address Obama's positions on income inequality and the political unrest in Ukraine. He said he's particularly looking forward to intraparty debates in panel discussions with titles such as "Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along?"

The three-day conference ends Saturday.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Immigration Issue Produces Congressional Disarray

    Immigration Issue Produces Congressional Disarray

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:48:49 GMT

    Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink. Minutes from a vote on legislation to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border, and hours from scheduled adjournment for the summer, a conservative revolt left the speaker with no choice but to pull his border bill from the floor.

    Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink. Minutes from a vote on legislation to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border, and hours from scheduled adjournment for the summer, a conservative revolt left the speaker with no choice but to pull his border bill from the floor.

  • Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:17:05 GMT
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.
  • Obama Prods GOP On Border Issue, Cites Progress

    Obama Prods GOP On Border Issue, Cites Progress

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:51:01 GMT
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices