CPAC Report from RLCID Region 4 Director Ryan Davidson
Members of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho attended CPAC near Washington D.C. this year. They were fortunate enough to capture this amazing footage of an unscripted Sean Hannity and Senator Rand Paul taking the stage at a dueling piano bar.
This was an impromptu event, so its possible that this may be the only footage available of this moment.
On February 28, 2015, Senator Rand Paul hosted an evening meet and greet for liberty activists attending CPAC at a pub just down the street from the main convention hall. The venue was absolutely packed with Rand fans looking to get autographs and pictures with the Kentucky Senator. The surprise of the night was Fox News host Sean Hannity "crashing" the party to interview Senator Paul for his program. But prior to the official interview, both Hannity and Paul took to the stage and flipped the script, where Senator Paul was the interviewer and Hannity was the guest.
Sean Hannity started off with a comedy routine about how Democrats blame everything on George Bush, which was a bit lame, dated, and out of place for this particular audience, but he delivered it with such enthusiasm as to make it very entertaining for the crowd.
The video closes with Sean Hannity buying a bottle of cinnamon whiskey for the table in the front, as he and Senator Paul move to a different area to tape the official interview for Hannity's show. You can watch that below.
All-in-all it was a great evening with RLC-PAC endorsed Senator Rand Paul!
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2nd Annual Idaho Liberty Expo Schedule
IDAHO LIBERTY EXPO SCHEDULE RELEASED
Event Start Time: 8 AM (Wake Up, Rise 'n Shine for Liberty Rally)
Workshops/Presentations: 9 AM - 5 PM
Lunch break (lunch on your own): 11:50 AM-1:00 PM
Presentations & Debate Topics Include:
• Medicaid Expansion (Gubernatorial Candidate Debate)
• Liberty Through Financial Independence by John Pugliano
• Freedom & the Free Trade Agenda by Tom Munds
• The Politics of Fear by Connor Boyack
• Common Core Presentation by Stephanie Zimmerman
• NDAA by Jason Casella (PANDA)
• Securing Your Communications by Alex Barron
• Right of Conscience (Panel Discussion)
• Sound Money: The Case for Gold & Silver by John Green
• Free Trade vs Fair Trade (Panel Discussion)
• Sharia Law Presentation by ACT for America!
• Medical Marijuana in Idaho (Panel Debate)
• Center for Self Governance Presentation by Sandra Belzar Brendale
DINNER BANQUET W/TOM WOODS
Social: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Ron Paul Interviews Dr. Thomas Woods.
Idaho Liberty Expo Guest Speaker Dr. Thomas Woods is interviewed by Dr. Ron Paul. Watch below.
Idaho Liberty Expo Tickets Now Available
Rand Paul Headlines RLC Event at IDGOP State Convention
But here's a good report you might have missed.
I reached out to the campaign, who said that even though nearly every minute of his time in Moscow was booked, that could spare us 20 minutes evening if I could deliver a good turnout.
I got this confirmation afternoon.
So with less than 24 hours to plan an event, I got to work building a meet and greet around his schedule.
Of course I had promised a big turnout, but I honestly had no idea if I could get one with such short notice.
RLC members started sending out emails and making facebook posts. I took the mic at a couple of the committee hearings morning to announce the event. And that was about the extent of our promotion.
We decided to make the event free for RLC members, and $5 for everyone else. I booked the "Gold Room" at the convention hotel (the same room Huckabee had been in the night before) and much to my pleasant surprise, the Paul campaign generously offered to pick up the tab for the whole event.
I had originally scheduled the event for one hour (with Rand appearing at the last 20 minutes) but then started to wonder if we might actually get a big crowd, so I changed it to two hours in case we needed more time to process people.
When the event started, it became very apparent that Rand Paul is popular in Idaho. People started streaming in! We had so many people show up that had to open up another room for overflow. We estimate that around 200 people tried to get into the event. It was so big it was getting out of control.
State Chairman Barry Peterson made it in, giving a little speech. So did Senators Risch and Crapo. (Governor Otter was nowhere to be found.)
When Rand Paul was ready to come in, I was proud to be able to escort him from his hotel room to the event. We quickly took some pictures with the RLC board, then Rand took the mic, shared a few anecdotes, took some pics, signed some autographs, and shook some hands before he was whisked away to the main event at the Kibbe Dome.
For an event I put together at the last minute, I'd have to say it was a rousing success! The RLC raised a ton of money from the entrance fees, from people joining the RLC at the door and paying dues, and from T-Shirt sales. Sen. Paul was generous enough to donate five autographed copies of his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington" that we were able to auction off at the event. Our big ticket items, however, were two framed copies of the US Constitution that had been autographed by Dick Heller, the famous Plaintiff from the Supreme Court case DC v Heller that reaffirmed our 2nd Amendment Rights. Rand also signed them at the event, and they raised over $600 at auction! (Thanks to RLC Vice Chair Phil Hart for donating the items.)
Senator Paul went on to play another packed house at the State Convention dinner banquet that night. His popularity at these events makes me hopeful for the future of our country. The seeds planted by Ron Paul in 2008 have grown into a nationwide movement that is seriously advocating limited government and individual rights. The fact that Rand Paul is spoken of as a frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016 by the liberal mainstream media (!) shows that our hard work is paying off. Our tireless advocacy of libertarian policy is changing hearts and minds around this nation. It has made libertarianism mainstream. It has put the White House in our sites!
Please consider joining the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho today. The RLC of Idaho is the fastest growing charter in the country. We support principled liberty Republicans in office today such as Rep. Raul Labrador, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Thomas Massie, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz, and of course Sen. Rand Paul. (If you don't know who some of these new leaders are, do yourself a favor and google them!) Our historical champions include Ron Paul, Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater.
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Region 4 Chairman