Huff Post – Posted: 2/11/12 | Updated: 2/11/12
Mitt Romney won this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll.
Rick Santorum came in second, with Newt Gingrich in third place and Ron Paul in fourth. Here’s a breakdown of the results for the presidential contenders:
Romney addressed the crowd at CPAC on Friday.
“My path to conservatism came from my family, from my faith and from my life’s work,” the former Massachusetts governor said in his remarks. “Those aren’t values that I just talk about. They’re values I live every day.”
HuffPost’s Jon Ward reported on the message conveyed by Romney:
Romney defended his one term as governor of Massachusetts, saying he erased a large deficit to balance the budget, eliminated government agencies and applied the lessons of private enterprise to running the state government.”I want to get my hands on Washington, DC,” Romney said.
He detailed a laundry list of pledges to the crowd about social issues, saying that if elected president he would fight for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, that he would reinstate the Mexico City policy, that he would cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund — which he said “supports China’s barbaric One Child Policy” — and that he would cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Paul placed first in the CPAC straw poll in 2010 and 2011.
This is a developing story… More information to come…