Rand Paul and Marco Rubio big winners at CPAC

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio were far and away the top two vote-getters in the CPAC straw poll. Rand Paul won with 25%, Marco Rubio a close second at 23%, then the rest of the pack were way back at 8% and lower.

Paul’s speech on video is here. A transcript is here. I love this extract:

The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere. If we’re going to have a Republican party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP. We must have a message that is broad, our vision must be broad, and that vision must be based on freedom.
There are millions of Americans, young and old, native and immigrant, black, white and brown, who simply seek to live free, to practice a religion, free to choose where their kids go to school, free to choose their own health care, free to keep the fruits of their labor, free to live without government constantly being on their back. I will stand for them. I will stand for you. I will stand for our prosperity and our freedom, and I ask everyone who values liberty to stand with me. Thank you. God bless America.

Rubio’s speech on video is here. I have not been able to find a transcript but all the reviews of his speech (and of Paul’s speech) are very positive.

Oh by the way, I deliberately did not explain the CPAC acronym. If you don’t know what it is, you probably don’t care what happened there.