CPAC, which stands for the Conservative Political Action Conference, is the largest annual gathering of conservatives. Meeting in February, in 2008 it had a record attendance of 6800 persons, including as speakers President George W. Bush and all the Republican candidates for president.
In February 2010, it had record-breaking attendance of about 10,000 people.
Its audience tends to be mostly young male and, perhaps simply as a result of the demographic, more libertarian than the conservative movement. For example, in 2010 the audience ranked the importance of issues as follows:
- 85%: reducing government and government spending
- 10%: eliminating abortion
- 1%: stopping same-sex marriage
There was virtually unanimous opposition among attendees to the policies of the Obama Administration.
Ronald Reagan Award
The following people did not speak at CPAC 2010:
- John McCain
- Jeb Bush
- Charlie Crist
- Sarah Palin
- Chris Christie
- Bill O'Reilly
- Rudy Giuliani
- Sean Hannity
- Bill Kristol