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As CPAC begins, Cardenas takes the reins

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February

CPAC began this morning and the group that runs it has a new chairman, Florida's Al Cardenas.

Cardenas has been elected chairman of the American Conservative Union, succeeding David Keene, who had held the post since in 1984. 

“The American Conservative Union has a long and proud tradition of espousing and promoting the conservative goals of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and it’s my honor to do all I can to help further these worthy objectives,” Cardenas said. “I look forward to taking advantage of the new energies we see today in the conservative movement to make this storied organization even more influential in the future.”

Cardenas, in a statement, said the conservative movement will gain broader acceptance if it can successfully make Americans see the value of self-reliance and personal responsibility.

“In this, the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, the best way to honor him and his memory is to promote our conservative principals with the same vigor and relentless optimism that he used to successfully expand the conservative base,” Cardenas said. “In addition to our commitment to fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense, it is imperative the ACU continue to champion the traditional values upheld by our Founding Fathers, values that were so important to President Reagan.”

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[Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 4:18pm]

    

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