Romney drops out, McCain receives lukewarm reception at CPAC
Mitt Romney withdrew from the G.O.P. 2008 primary and Senator John McCain outlined his platform to a crowd of roughly 10,000 people at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today. Speakers at the thirty-fifth annual CPAC, held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel also included Vice President Dick Cheney and Congressman Ron Paul.
Former Virginia Senator George Allen used his introduction to endorse McCain, saying he was convinced by McCain’s integrity. When McCain finally entered the room, he was greeting by some booing amid the applause.
“I came to political office as a foot soldier of Ronald Reagan,” McCain said, “and I’m as proud of my political heritage now as I was then.”
McCain discussed many issues from fiscal spending, the Iraq War, abortion and Supreme Court appointees. His remarks on immigration elicited jeering and shouts of “No amnesty!” from the audience. But when he mentioned tax cuts, the audience gave McCain a standing ovation.
“The first thing I will do is make the Bush tax cuts permanent, and increase tax cuts for corporations from 25 to 35 percent,” he said.
McCain ended the speech with a reference to his past as a war hero. “I have only found true happiness while serving a cause greater than my self interest…which is our country,” he said, “I love her deeply and never tire of serving her.”
Following Romney’s announcement, some of his supporters traded in their Romney paraphernalia for the McCain posters being handed out.
Photo by Vivian Chen, Contributing Editor