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Gingrich: CPAC Needs to Redefine Itself

By Cyrus Afzali   |   Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 05:31 PM

Even as he prepares to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference next week, former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich believes CPAC needs to redefine itself and be more clear about the rationale behind some of its decisions.

In an interview on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show Wednesday, Gingrich said while CPAC has grown and its annual conference now draws lots of media attention, it’s hard to understand who is selected to speak. He said it’s unclear whether decisions, such as not inviting New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie to speak, are decisions based on policy or personality, reports Politico.

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“You can say, ‘Well, Christie isn’t invited for X,’ but you could also, frankly, look at his record on controlling spending and reforming New Jersey government and say, ‘You know, he has a story to tell that’s pretty interesting and that for a Northeastern governor in a heavily unionized state, is pretty courageous,” he said.

CPAC organizers have drawn fire for not including prominent Republican leaders, such as Christie, at the event. Among those slated to attend this year are 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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