CPAC chairman says upcoming conservative event will include debates and holding GOP accountable

"We're the tolerant ones," Matt Schlapp said.

Published: February 27, 2023 7:11pm

Updated: February 27, 2023 8:32pm

CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said that the upcoming 2023 Conservative Political Action Conference will include debates with liberals, speeches from GOP candidates and possible candidates running for the presidential nomination, and also about holding the GOP accountable when it comes to getting things done. 

"We're the tolerant ones," Schlapp said on the Monday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "We're going to have Jennifer Palmieri from the show 'The Circus' coming to CPAC. I know people don't agree with her politics, but she's going to ask Ric Grenell some questions and my guess is they're going to have some commonality about not wanting to engage in every aspect of the globe and being interventionist."

Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard  now independent —  will also be speaking at CPAC. 

Schlapp said that since the GOP has the majority in the House of Representatives, it's important to remind conservatives that they can make a difference and that elected officials need to be held accountable. 

"It's about the Republicans in the House offering hope that getting the majority can make a difference," he said. "So they have to actually be fighting on spending and fighting on some policy goals like closing this border, with Biden. If we come out of all those negotiations with nothing, I think it'll be destructive towards our ability to build a coalition together for 2024." 

Schlapp predicted a good year for the GOP if progress can be made now. 

"I think we have a great chance in 2024 to take back the White House, which unfortunately has become the epicenter of everything," he stated. "The White House holds almost all the power. If you don't have it, you can't get anything done. We need to get that place back."

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