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Expected Contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Speak at CPAC
 
        Many of the expected contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) last week,and each speech was marked by the unique character of its deliverer. Senator Paul urged conservatives to fight against recent violations of the fourth amendment, and not to focus solely on violations of the first and second amendments. 
CPAC 2014 - U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
CPAC 2014 - U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
 
        Senator Cruz gave a ten point agenda he thinks Republicans should adopt in order to win elections:
Sen. Ted Cruz at CPAC: How We Win
Sen. Ted Cruz at CPAC: How We Win
 
        Governor Christie, who was not invited to CPAC last year, focused on Obama's lack of leadership: 
CPAC 2014 - Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
CPAC 2014 - Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
 
        Senator Rubio spoke about Obama's foreign policy and how it's harming the United States:
CPAC 2014 - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
CPAC 2014 - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
 
        Governor Jindal apologized to President Jimmy Carter for saying he was the worst U.S. President, and said Obama now takes title: 
CPAC 2014 - Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
CPAC 2014 - Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
 
        Finally, Congressman Paul Ryan focused on the 2014 elections and the soul-searching of the Republican party as a good debate, not a civil war:
CPAC 2014 - U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)
CPAC 2014 - U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)

CPAC Straw Poll Results

  • The Results of The Washington Times/CPAC 2014 Straw Poll
    • What topics were polled? The straw poll covered personal core beliefs, the job approval rating for President Obama and Republicans in Congress, the preferred method for fixing the budget deficit, the USA's role in the world, NSA's use of data collection, views on marijuana, and who should be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016. 
    • Who was polled? 2,456 CPAC registrants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia voted in the straw poll. Forty-six percent of straw poll participants were between the ages of 18-25; eighteen percent were between the ages of 26-40; fifteen percent were between the ages of 41 and 55; eleven percent were between the ages of 56-65; and nine percent were over the age of 65. Sixty-three percent of the poll participants were male, and 37 percent were female. 
    • On personal core beliefs: When asked about "personal core beliefs," 78 percent of the poll participants said their most important goal "is to promote individual freedom by reducing the size and scope of government and its intrusion into the lives of its citizens." Just 7 percent of those polled said their most important goal "is to secure and guarantee American safety at home and abroad regardless of the cost or the size of government."
    • On Obama's Job Performance: Ninety-eight percent of those polled disapproved of Obama's job performance as president, compared to 79 percent in 2012. 
    • On Republicans in Congress: Fifty-one percent of those polled said they disapproved of the job Republicans are doing in Congress, the first time in the past two years where more have disapproved of Republicans in Congress than approved. 
    •  On the Preferred Method to Fix the Budget: Seventy-eight percent of those polled agreed that the budget deficit should be mitigated by spending cuts only, as opposed to 18 percent who thought a combination of spending cuts and tax increases should be used,1 percent who thought tax increases only should be used, and 4 percent who did not choose one of the three available answers.
    • On the USA's role in the world: Fifty-two percent of those polled thought that, "Nearly 70 years after the end of WWII, it's time for our European, Asian, and other allies to provide for their own defense." Thirty-seven percent thought that "As the world's only superpower, the US needs to continue to bear the responsibility of protecting our allies in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world." Ten percent did not choose either option. 
    • On the NSA's use of data collection: Seventy-eight percent oppose the NSA's use of data collection such as phone -tapping and reading of emails to combat global terrorism. Nineteen percent favored the NSA's data collecting tactics and 4 percent did not choose either option. 
    • On participant's view of marijuana: Forty-one percent of those polled think "Marijuana should be legalized for recreational and medical use and taxed." Thirty-one percent thought marijuana should remain illegal, and 21 percent thought "marijuana should be legalized only for medical purposes when prescribed by a doctor." 
    • On who should be the GOP Presidential Nominee (the top five picks): Thirty-one percent of those polled picked Senator Rand Paul, 11 percent chose Senator Ted Cruz, 9 percent chose Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 8 percent chose Governor Chris Christie, and 7 percent chose Governor Scott Walker. 
To access all of the CPAC straw poll results, click here

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