Mitt Romney at CPAC: BREAKING -- ROMNEY TO DROP OUT
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UPDATED: Romney spokesman Kevin Madden has now confirmed that Mitt Romney will be suspending his campaign.
In light of this, Mitt Romney's speech at CPAC takes on a whole new meaning today.
A lot of CPAC'ers are very hopeful he will be able to turn the corner and get the delegates he needs. Some so called 'experts' claim it is now a mathematical impossibility for him to do it. I'm not so sure.
But, with Byron having some of the best perception and sources in the business, we're going to pay a lot of attention to his comments. It all starts at 12:30 p.m. today.
UPDATE: Major sources are reporting that Romney will drop out and will most likely use CPAC as the forum.
LIVE FROM CPAC:
Laura Ingraham is endorsing Mitt Romney now. She's making a case for having an unapologetic conservative and for fighting to the convention. She says Reagan fighting all the way to the convention was for the good of the party.
"An obsession with endless bipartisan compromises does not keep us free," says Ingraham. The crowd applauds.
"Of all the people introducing the candidates for President, I get to introduce the conservative," Laura says. "Mitt Romney is the conservative's conservative."
MITT ROMNEY TAKES THE STAGE:
Rockstar welcome from the crowd. Thanks Laura Ingraham. Praising talk radio. "I love being introduced as the conservative's conservative. That's exactly how I feel."
Read on . . .
"I look forward to joining you many, many more times in the future."
He goes through saying he's gotten 4 million votes to McCain's 4.7 million. He says he's gotten 11 states to McCain's 13. He says McCain is doing better in delegates.
"As I said to you last year, conservative principles are needed now more than ever. I'm convinced that unless America changes course, we could be the France of the 21st century. Still a great nation, but not a super power."
People around me are saying Mitt is giving a stronger more passionate speech today than he's ever given before.
Mitt pitches a conservative culture. He quotes a scholar who says, "Culture makes all the difference."
"Dependency is drug. We've got to fight it like the drug it is." He says dependency on government is dangerous. The crowd applauds. This guy is on fire.
"The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless," he continues. He calls for a constitutional amendment on marriage "so that liberal judges cannot attack it."
Rumor circulating is that Romney will endorse McCain before the day is over.
"It is high time to lower taxes [applause] . . . to take a weed whacker to regulation and to reform entitlements. And, by the way, to stand up the the increasingly voracious union appetite in our government."
"Finally, let's consider the greatest challenging facing the world, the threat of radical jihad."
Now he points to the Clintons' cutting defense. "We were told we were getting a peace dividend. We got the dividend. We didn't get the peace."
Given Jihadists "and China, we must be rebuild our military."
"We must give the troops the proper care they deserve."
"We could take this all the way to the convention. Fight on, just like we did in 1976. . . . Today we are a nation at war and Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear with regard to Iraq -- to retreat."
"Now I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, but I agree with him that we need to do whatever it takes to win in Iraq . . . and eliminate Al Qaeda. Now if I fight on all the way to the convention, I want you to know it was a lot of fun, but I forstall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I'd make it easier for Senator Obama or Clinton to win. In this time of war I cannot let my campaign be a part of undermining the fight on terrorism."
"If this were about me, I'd go on. But this has never been about me. . . . In this time of war, I feel I have to step aside for my party and my country. I'll continue to fight for conservative principles. . . . One of the things we believe in is that we cannot allow the next President of the United States to retreat in the face of terrorism and evil."
"It is the common task of each generation and the burden of liberty to . . . expand freedom and liberty." "To this task we are all dedicated."
And Mitt Romney exits to the right.