The director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event points out that it would be a mistake for former Vice President Mike Pence to skip the conference.
It was confirmed that former President Donald Trump will be attending the event. Reports have said that Pence would not attend; Pence’s office has yet to be reached for comment.
“We are pleased that the president will be joining us, and we’re disappointed the vice president’s not coming. We think it’s a mistake for him not to come. We conservatives think of Vice President Pence with great honor and dignity. He is a real champion of conservatism,” Conservative Political Action Conference Executive Director Dan Schneider told MSNBC on Sunday.
Schneider said that Pence has likely spoken at CPAC more than a dozen times over the years. And this year, if Pence attended, he would be “greeted very warmly.”
Pence drew backlash in January for presiding over the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6 as the House and Senate certified the election for President Joe Biden. Trump, on Twitter, wrote at the time that Pence lacked “the courage” to attempt to challenge the results.
Trump’s planned CPAC appearance was confirmed this Saturday. He is reportedly scheduled to speak at the event on Feb. 28, which is expected to be held in Orlando, Florida.
His adviser, Jason Miller, told Fox Business over this past weekend that Trump will most likely lay out an optimistic vision for America, focus on standing up to the Chinese Communist Party, and taking on Big Tech companies and censorship.
“I have had the opportunity to speak to the President, and he’s very excited to make his upcoming address to CPAC, where you will hear him lay out his positive vision for the future of this country, a vision where we stand up to China, as the President was doing before he left office, and reclaim our manufacturing, a vision where our schools are open and our border is closed to illegal immigration, a vision where the Big Tech monopoly is dismantled and free speech and free expression and free thought can reign, because that’s what this country is about,” Miller stated.
CPAC, which is the largest gathering of conservative voices, will be taking place from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. And earlier this month, it was announced that Pence would join the Heritage Foundation, will start a podcast, and speak at colleges and conferences.