That Rubio is skipping the pre-eminent annual conservative gathering of thousands of activists in a presidential election year is extraordinarily telling about the direction of his campaign as the entire Washington establishment aligns behind him in a last-ditch desperate bid to stop billionaire frontrunner Donald Trump. Both Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as Dr. Ben Carson, have previously confirmed their attendance at CPAC this year—and each has attended the gathering in the past several years. Rubio did, alongside his mentor former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, appear at the 2015 CPAC.
Previously, when announcing the news exclusively with Breitbart News that Trump and Cruz–as well as Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO who dropped out of the presidential race already–were going to be speaking at CPAC 2016, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp noted how important this year is for conservative activists.
“This is the year of the conservative grassroots activist,” Schlapp said then. “We need to restore and protect our Constitutional freedoms and put a stop to Obama’s liberal run-away train. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are each battling to represent conservatives in the nomination contest, and CPAC 2016 will allow activists to hear their vision.”
What’s perhaps most troubling for Rubio is that the senator has been pushing a theme as though he is the next in line to carry the mantle of Ronald Reagan’s legacy. But his decision to abdicate conservatism by skipping this conference comes as his record comes under close scrutiny from both Trump and Cruz, from federal immigration law enforcement officers, and from conservatives nationwide who wonder why he made the decision in 2013 to work with pro-amnesty interests in the Democratic Party, including the party’s liberal standard-bearer Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. Rubio’s record in favor of Obamatrade—he was the critical 60th vote to secure passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that paves the way for easy passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific rim trade deal—has also come under scrutiny as the senator and his team repeatedly refuse to provide any full accounting for when and if he actually read the text of the deal he voted to fast-track before he made that vote.
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