Basking in neighboring Republican Gov.
“Mr. President, did you hear Scott Walker won in a landslide? It’s hard for me to say that without gloating,” Sen.
"Where was the president during this recall election? Why didn't he come to Wisconsin to save the day?" Jindal asked. "He shrunk from this challenge. He elected to stay away from Wisconsin for fear of losing. That's not what leaders do."
Neither Romney, who was campaigning in Iowa, nor Walker, who was meeting with business leaders in his home state, attended the conference. Walker released a letter through Wisconsin radio
"In a moment of crisis, there have been men and women of courage who dared to think about the future of their children and grandchildren more than they did about their own personal futures. Let this be one of those moments, not only in Wisconsin but across America," Walker's letter stated.
New Jersey Gov.
Christie labeled as an “outrage” Obama’s comments Friday faulting
"The president fundamentally believes that the way to support our economy is to take more taxes from all of you and spend it on more public workers who will then pay a fraction of that money back in taxes. If anybody ran a business like that, they would be out of business quickly and Barack Obama's leadership is driving this business, the United States of America, towards a fiscal cliff," Christie said. "He's the one who put forward an ineffective, wasteful stimulus plan that did nothing to help this economy."
Despite the cattle call at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the winner of a straw poll of 520 CPAC attendees wasn’t there. Florida Sen.
It was at CPAC’s Washington conference in February where Romney forcefully sought to assert his conservative credentials in a still-fluid battle for the Republican nomination. At that event, former Pennsylvania Sen.
On Friday, as Santorum announced the formation of a super political action committee, Patriot Voices, the former presidential contender said he has been "happy to join" Romney's effort to win the presidency.
Still, Santorum said he hasn't released to Romney the more than 250 national nominating delegates he amassed during the primary and caucus season. That's largely because TexasRep. Ron Paulhas indicated he wants to use his more than 100 delegates to try to influence the national Republican platform and other convention matters.
"I want to make sure the folks who represent the values that I did during this campaign are able to come to that convention and have their voices heard," Santorum told reporters prior to his speech. "I've certainly have encouraged everyone to support Gov. Romney, as I have, but there are a lot of other issues at a convention other than just voting for the nominee."
Santorum, who got 5 percent support for being vice presidential nominee in the CPAC poll, said he was not about to offer any names of potential running mates to Romney.
"That's his decision. It's his decision. I'm not going to speculate on that," Santorum said. "If I was the nominee, I wouldn't want other people telling me who to put in and I'm not going to tell Gov. Romney."
Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, an unsuccessful presidential candidate, seized on Obama’s remarks that he found “offensive” the notion that his
"I am offended that he lied to the American people," said Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. She called Obama "the most dangerous president we have ever had on national security" and accused the White House of leaking information to make the president look better politically.