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CPAC director: It's a 'mistake' for Pence to skip conference

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Former Vice President Mike Pence will not be speaking at the annual CPAC convention, and the director of the event thinks it's a "mistake."

Conservative Political Action Conference Executive Director Dan Schneider said the conference sent invitations to both former President Donald Trump and Pence back when they were in office, and he expressed his thoughts on the former president accepting the invitation, while the latter did not.

“We are pleased that the president will be joining us, and we’re disappointed the vice president’s not coming. We think it’s a mistake for him not to come. We conservatives think of Vice President Pence with great honor and dignity. He is a real champion of conservatism,” Schneider said during a Sunday evening MSNBC interview, referring to both as if they were still in their offices.

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He said the former vice president has likely spoken at the event "thirteen, fourteen times over the years," adding that if he came this year, he would be "greeted very warmly." Schneider went on to say that he hopes Pence "reconsiders" and noted they'd make room for him if he decides to attend.

Trump, whose planned appearance at CPAC was reported on Saturday, will speak on the afternoon of Feb. 28, the final day of the conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, instead of in Maryland or the District of Columbia, where there are fewer coronavirus-imposed restrictions.

The former commander in chief will be “talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement," according to a source familiar with the former president’s plans who previously spoke with the Washington Examiner. Trump is also expected to rebuke President Biden’s “disastrous amnesty and border policies.”

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A number of Trump administration figures such as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, Ben Carson, who served four years in Trump’s Cabinet, and Ric Grenell, who was acting director of national intelligence, are also expected to appear during the convention.

Tags: News, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, CPAC

Original Author: Mike Brest

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