Marco Rubio will be the sole GOP presidential candidate to skip this year’s wingnut fest at CPAC 2016. The news was breathlessly reported this afternoon over at Trump World Headquarters (AKA Breitbart), where they have posted a reaction from CPAC’s organizers:
Although, Marco Rubio has built a conservative record and has a high ACU rating, he and his campaign have made a rookie mistake. Today the Rubio campaign informed ACU’s chairman that their candidate is unwilling to make time to meet with activists and answer their questions at CPAC 2016. Sen. Rubio cannot have it both ways: he cannot hope to be the inspirational leader of conservatives and at the same time hide at the very moments when activists who comprise the heart and soul of the movement assemble and organize. For 43 years CPAC has been that critical moment, and in this year’s conference will be the biggest yet. Ronald Reagan came to CPAC 13 times; he launched his national political career from CPAC and our theme this year comes from President Reagan’s first public address after his 1980 election.
That theme is ‘Our Time is Now.’ Reagan’s words ring even truer today than when Reagan first said them. If we do not carry the country in 2016 America will be a different nation. But if conservatives are not central to the effort we will fail before we even begin. We also appreciate those candidates and former candidates who have made CPAC 2016 a priority: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina (our former Foundation Chair.) They honor Reagan’s legacy and they honor the thousands of conservative activists who will spend significant resources to travel to CPAC to learn, be inspired, and eventually vote in our straw poll for the person they want to carry the Reagan torch.
Earlier today John Kasich, who declined CPAC’s invitation several weeks ago, announced that he’s changed his mind and will now attend.
RELATED: Donald Trump made his first real steps into the political world at CPAC 2011, where his appearance was sponsored by the homocons at the now defunct GOProud, which exploded into a pile of self-loathing fairy dust two years ago.