Fresh off his filibuster that captured the hearts of libertarian conservatives, Sen. Rand Paul told attendees Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the Republican Party has become â€œstaleâ€ and must return to basic constitutional principles if it wants to ignite a political revolution.
Mr. Paul was the star of the conservative â€œFacebook generationâ€ youth movement that paraded across CPACâ€™s stage Thursday, joining others such as Sens. Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Tim Scott â€” all of whom were elected after President George W. Bush left office.
â€œThe GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,â€ Mr. Paul said. â€œThe new GOP, the GOP that will win again, will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and personal sphere. If we are going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP.â€
Like the Republican Party as a whole, the 8,000 conservative activists gathered at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, just outside the Capitol Beltway in Maryland, are debating which direction the GOP should go after a second consecutive presidential defeat.
The title of this yearâ€™s conference is â€œAmericaâ€™s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives â€” New Challenges, Timeless Principles,â€ and from the stage, activists heard a series of speakers who won office in the 2010 and 2012 elections debate what the GOP needs to do to regroup.
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