At College Insurrection we reported that, in honor of Rand Paul’s historic filibuster, the head of the Hillsdale College Republicans wanted CPAC attendees standing during the senator’s convention speech.
It looks like Ryan Bolyard got his wish, as hundred of students chose to #StandWithRand.
Josiah Ryan contributed a report for Campus Reform that included this video:
Hundreds of CPAC attendees stood throughout Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) address to at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday in a sign of solidarity for the historic 13-hour filibuster he held on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week.
The 5,500 seat auditorium, at a hotel just outside of Washington D.C., appeared to be at capacity. The large majority of attendees stood throughout the duration of the 12-minute speech.
The action, which was organized by Hillsdale College student Ryan Bolyard, gained momentum throughout the week as conservatives flocked to the Washington area for the annual conference.
“My goal was to show solidarity in the conservative movement with those who are willing to stand up and defend our Constitution and our personal liberties,” said Bolyard. “I was thrilled with the turnout, and the energy in the room.”
Paul created international headlines when he filibustered President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan for CIA Director for 13-hours on the Senate floor last week.
The above video captured the audience; the Daily Paul provided the following video of Paul’s CPAC address, which included a review of the reasons for his filibuster and some thoughts on the current direction of the GOP.
The money quote has to be this:
The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere.
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