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Matt Schlapp Previews The Upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference

"It's a time to act and not simply to talk. For a generation, the conservative movement has talked about a moment when they could start a presidency with majorities in the Congress."

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2018 @12:00pm
Matt Schlapp Previews The Upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference

Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), spoke with NTK Network to preview the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which begins on Wednesday.

The theme of CPAC this year is “the time for action,” which Schlapp explained to NTK means that Republicans need to take advantage of their majority in Congress to advance a conservative agenda.

“This is a time when the Republican Party and the conservative movement [have] achieved great political power,” he said. “It’s, in essence, a time to act and not a time simply to talk. For a generation, the conservative movement has talked about a moment when they could start a presidency with majorities in the Congress.”

The ACU chair said that he expected this year around 10,000 people to attend CPAC, which will feature speeches by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

“I would like President Trump to speak from the heart,” Schlapp said about the president’s upcoming CPAC speech.

“I think he has a heartfelt appreciation for the conservative movement. I think he believes that the conservative movement played a big role in his election,” he continued. “I want him to take great pride in the fact that the Republican Party achieved more in this last year then they had in a decade.”

“It’s because of [Donald Trump] that the conservative movement is on such a roll,” Schlapp added.

Apart from Trump’s and Pence’s speeches, Schlapp told us that he is most looking forward to hearing from Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC).

“I am really looking forward to those two sitting down and sharing with the audience how they see the next year going into the election,” Schlapp said.

Numerous Congressional Republicans have announced that they will be retiring from Congress ahead of the 2018 midterms, which Schlapp said is an opportunity for some young conservatives to run for office.

“People bemoan these retirements. But, my view is serving in Congress is a real honor, and if you’re not really enjoying it, get the hell out,” Schlapp said. “It’s the right decision to get out. Give someone else a chance. And maybe that makes some of these seats more vulnerable, but I’d rather have a new fresh set of legs than a tired old veteran who doesn’t even enjoy the job.”

“If you don’t find the job exhilarating and the call to service, then you’re best to step down.”

Schlapp contrasted the Republican retirements with the Democrats’ current leadership roster.

“Democratic leadership is stale. They’ve been around for a very long time. And on the Republican side, you do see a lot of new emerging voices,” he explained. “I think the Republican Party by its nature is more welcoming of new voices and new candidates because we have an entrepreneurial flair that the Democrats simply don’t have.”

The ACU chair is also elated that Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” fame will be speaking about American history at CPAC.

“He has a really interesting message on American history, and I think that’s going to be really interesting. So I am going to make sure I really plant myself so that I can listen to Rick, as well,” Schlapp said.

As for what Schlapp hopes CPAC attendees walk away with, he said attendees should take the information they get at CPAC and turn it into action in the field. “The most important thing is that they go back to their homes, they go back to their communities and make those communities better,” he said.

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