By AATTP contributing author, Sky Palma from Dead State
Responding to a question from Media Matters‘ Joe Strupp during a press conference, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, Al Cardenas, defended snubbing GOP governor Chris Christie while giving a speaking slot to Donald Trump at the organization’s 2013 CPAC conference.
Cardenas said that despite a history of racially inflammatory remarks and birther conspiracy theories, Trump was invited to speak because “we can’t have thirty people saying the same thing with the same backgrounds.”
Cardenas praised Trump as “a billionaire who creates jobs” who is “not afraid to talk about the failures of the Obama administration,” adding that Trump is “a persuasive speaker.” Interestingly, Cardenas also said that Trump was “back by public demand” and that “the crowd here loves him.”
Making news this week with some bizarre comments before the CPAC event, Trump said he believed that the U.S. should go back into Iraq and confiscate the country’s oil in order to pay for the Iraq War.
In regards to the Christie snub, Cardenas said that the conference focuses more on “national matters than anything else” and that other governors had a “more excellent conservative record” worth highlighting.
Many in the political sphere think CPAC’s exclusion of Christie was a major strategical blunder, considering that he’s a Republican that governs a liberal state, but amazingly enjoys an approval rating above 70 percent.
Seemingly oblivious to the political implications of excluding Christie, Cardenas addressed the possibility of a future Christie invitation, saying “If his record in the future merits it, we’ll welcome him with open arms.”
Watch Cardenas’s comments in the video below, courtesy of Media Matters.
For more of Sky’s work, check out his blog Dead State