Conservative lawmakers at CPAC say they are concerned about rise of socialism in Democratic party
Thousands are gathering for the largest gathering of conservatives in the country, the Conservative Political Action Conference. The conference takes place just outside of the nation's capital at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.
CPAC organizers said they are expecting the largest crowd ever this year.
The theme is "America vs. Socialism." There are panels throughout the four-day conference, featuring lawmakers, conservative activists and conservative organization leaders.
The organization's attendees include young conservatives from across the country.
Wyoming's Rep. Liz Cheney called the conference thrilling. She said she is especially happy to see college Republicans from Wyoming in the crowd. The congresswoman said it is important for young conservatives to meet other like-minded people from across the country at CPAC and to learn more about the movement.
“To talk in particular, about why this time, socialism is so dangerous, and also to see there are a lot of young conservative people all around the country. Sometimes it can feel a little isolating if you’re a conservative on a college campus and this is always a tremendous event to get people to work together and to come together in a common cause," Cheney said.
Chairman of the American Conservative Union Matt Schlapp said their main goals of CPAC include battling socialism this election year and the re-election of President Donald Trump.
“I can’t imagine a more important race in my lifetime than President Trump’s re-election effort because if he wins, his policies won’t just be transitional, they’re going to be transformational, I think will put a dagger in the heart of this idea that America would actually embrace socialism,” said Schlapp.
He said he hopes people watch the conference if they cannot attend.
“We want every set of eyeballs we can possibly get to watch what we’re talking about, to listen about the solutions we’re talking about. It’s a great opportunity,” said Schlapp.
Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak on Thursday and President Donald Trump is expected to speak on Saturday.
The conference runs through the weekend.
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