How to watch CPAC 2021: Live, Online, Speakers and Schedule
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The Conservative Political Action Conference is the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world. Launched in 1974, CPAC brings together hundreds of conservative organizations, thousands of activists, millions of viewers and the best and brightest leaders in the world.
When does CPAC 2021 start?
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) opened on Thursday, February 25 in Orlando, Florida, with ousted president Donald Trump as its headline speaker to appear on Sunday in his first public engagement since leaving the White House for Mar-a-Lago a month ago.
Trump is widely expected to announce a 2024 presidential run during his speech at the four-day gathering, which is entitled “America Uncancelled”.
Former Trump ally Nikki Haley, however, herself seems canceled after being excluded from the confirmed speaker's list. Haley was reportedly snubbed by the president after she spoke out against his role in the US Capitol riot.
This year's CPAC is likely to be unusually fraught given that the Republican Party is currently mired in internal conflict following the riot, with pro-Trump loyalists and establishment moderates locked in a feud that could determine its future.
Despite a letter circulated by GOP senator Rick Scott this week that argued that the “Republican civil war is cancelled”, Marjorie Taylor Greene stoked the flames of conflict by calling her colleagues like Liz Cheney who turned on Trump "fools" disconnected from the party's base, according to Independent.
CPAC 2021 TV Schedule: Full list of CPAC speakers
The full CPAC 2021 schedule is available on the event’s website, but here are a few highlights:
Friday, February 26
10:50 a.m. ET – Sen. Ted Cruz (TX): Bill of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Culture
12:20 p.m. ET – Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC-11): The Real Cost of Tuition
12:55 p.m. ET – Sen. Tom Cotton (AR): Keeping America Safe
3:10 p.m. ET – Sen. Josh Hawley (MO): Remarks
3:25 p.m. ET – Donald Trump, Jr: Reigniting the Spirit of the American Dream
Saturday, February 27
10:50 a.m. ET – Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22): California Socialism: Promising Heaving, Delivering Hell
3:50 p.m. ET – Gov. Kristi Noem (SD): Remarks
Sunday, February 28
12:30 p.m. ET – Remarks by Special Guest (not named)
3:40 p.m. ET – President Donald J. Trump
How to watch CPAC online - Watch Live Trump Speaking
*The speeches will be live-streamed on Independent TV, and on the CPAC 2021 website under the “Watch Live” tab, while certain high-profile speeches are expected to be carried on a number of US networks, such as Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, throughout the weekend.
In the US, live streaming is also available as part of a subscription to Fox News’ streaming service, Fox Nation, which has exclusive access to CPAC 2021.
You can also stream the weekend on CPAC's website: live.conservative.org.
Watch Live - Donald Trump Jr. is speaking at CPAC in Orlando:
CPAC 2021: Fox Nation Streaming Information
While Fox Nation typically costs $5.99/month (or $64.99/year), the streamer is offering a free, 30-day trial for CPAC 2021 viewers. To take advantage of the promo, head to FoxNation.com and enter the code “CPAC” at checkout.
The 2021 event will be sponsored by the network's on-demand streaming service, Fox Nation, and will be available for live streaming on the subscription-based site.
The platform will also feature a live daily recap program hosted by Tomi Lahren and Lawrence Jones, who will conduct exclusive interviews with notable event attendees and speakers. "CPAC All-Access Live!" will be available on Fox Nation daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Thursday through Sunday.
Fox News, Fox Business, and Fox Nation personalties Jason Chaffetz, Larry Kudlow, Dan Bongino, Pete Hegseth, and Sara Carter will be part of the lineup of speakers and take part in panels throughout the conference., Foxnews cited.
What issues are on the agenda?
As conservatives look for a message to rally around ahead of the midterm elections in 2022, the CPAC agenda previews the uphill battle awaiting them. The agenda includes panels on debt, abortion, education, Big Tech, and “cancel culture.”But with so many segments anchored in the 2020 election, the conference appears to be less about mapping the party’s future than relitigating its past.
Except for one particular day, that is. Nowhere on the agenda is there any reference to Jan. 6 — not the pro-Trump march in Washington, the chants of “stop the steal,” nor the demonstration that devolved into a riotous mob storming the Capitol. Prominent Republican politicians have tried to pin the riot on Antifa and other left-wing movements or groups, and CPAC will reveal how conservative voters regard the events of that day nearly two months later.
Who’s eyeing 2024?
A speaking slot at CPAC is prime real estate for ambitious Republicans. This year, a number of those eager to claim the mantle of a post-Trump G.O.P. have managed to nab one. With the event being held in his state, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has perhaps the most coveted spot on the schedule apart from that of Mr. Trump himself — he’ll deliver the conference’s kickoff address on Friday at 9 a.m.
What is Trump’s influence on the event?
The former president is scheduled to deliver the culminating speech of the conference at 3:40 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, but his presence will be felt throughout the event. Recent polls show that a majority of Republicans falsely believe the election was stolen from Mr Trump, and the agenda this year indicates that subjects like voter fraud will be top of mind.
On Friday morning, panelists including Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, who has enthusiastically backed Mr Trump’s claims of fraud, will gather onstage for a 35-minute segment called “Protecting Elections: Why Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence.” That theme picks up again on Sunday morning when speakers will discuss what they call the “Failed States” of Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada — states that Joseph R. Biden Jr. won in November, and where Mr. Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the results sputtered.
The 45th president won’t be the only Trump to make an appearance. On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. will speak under the vague banner of “Reigniting the Spirit of the American Dream.” He’ll be introduced by Kimberly Guilfoyle, his girlfriend and a former Fox News personality.
In other words, when it comes to the elder Mr. Trump, expect this year’s CPAC to feel similar to the past four — from the number of times his name is invoked to the audience’s eagerness to hear from the man himself, The NewYork Times reported.
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