Breitbart News Washington Editor Jonathan Strong said that the lack of pro-life panels at CPAC means that the Republican National Committee is arguably more conservative than the American Conservative Union, which puts on the annual conference.
Strong appeared on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and co-hosts Matthew Boyle and Kristin Tate. He said that the Republican National Committee is “arguably more conservative than the ACU these days” because RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at least had staffers go to the March for Life.
While CPAC did not have any pro-life panels, Priebus, Strong said, was proud to discuss how RNC staffers and volunteers attended this year’s March for Life in a briefing with reporters.
As Breitbart News reported, there were no pro-life panels at CPAC, which led some attendees to comment that Jared Leto seemed to have a more pro-life message than CPAC. According to Al Cardenas, chair of the ACU, pro-life panels were not necessary because he believes that “there are certain battles that are waged in the movement and that battle has been won.”
“So, we engage in panels mostly in those questions that are still to be answered and those questions where folks are still to be persuaded and present various points of view,” he said. “The pro-life question has been decided long ago in the movement and the movement, by and large, is pro-life and there is nothing to be gained by going about it… the panels are for questions that remain to be answered. That one’s been answered.”