National Harbor, Md. -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walked onstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference with a rifle and a promise: that he will lead the upper chamber better than it's run now, if he gets the chance.
"If I'm given the opportunity to lead the U.S. Senate next year, I won’t let you down," McConnell said. “I will lead with integrity, we will fight tooth and nail for conservative reform to put this country back on track, we’ll debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear and we will govern with the understanding that the future of this country depends upon our success."
There are a few things standing in the way of McConnell leading the Senate next year. First, he faces a primary challenge, and then a Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. The GOP would have to retake the majority in the Senate, and McConnell would have to be selected. He gave a pitch for why he should be, attacking the president and current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
"The president of the United State is treating our Constitution worse than a placemat at Denny’s," McConnell said early on in his brief remarks.
He said Reid is running a “smear campaign” by questioning some of the Obamacare horror stories reported in the media, which he also said is intent on defending the majority leader.
“Harry Reid has spent two weeks calling American men and women whose lives were upended by Obamacare a bunch of liars,” he said. “If ever there was an advertisement for a Republican Senate, this is it.”
BEFORE YOU GO
03/08/2014 8:15 PM EST
More On Palin's Biting CPAC Speech
From HuffPost's Elise Foley:
Sarah Palin delivered a biting, folksy speech to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, going after GOP consultants, the NSA, Obamacare, liberals and the media.
Many of her digs in the 30-minute speech were targeted squarely at President Barack Obama, whom she criticized for his leadership and mocked for his "hope and change" 2008 campaign messages.
"That 'hope and change,' it went from a catchy campaign slogan to a reality, and along the way, 'hope and change,' 'yes we can,' it became 'no, you can't,'" she said. "No, you can't log onto the website. No, you can't keep your health care."
Read more here.
03/08/2014 7:12 PM EST
This Is What Happens When You Bring An Intern To CPAC
While the politicians gave their speeches, the real action at CPAC was happening on the convention floor below. HuffPost Live brought along their intern Max to investigate.
Watch the clip here.
03/08/2014 6:45 PM EST
Palin Closes With 'The Best Is Yet To Come'
"Stand up and stiffen your spine," she added, drawing loud applause from the crowd to close out the three-day conference.
03/08/2014 6:42 PM EST
Palin: 'The Age Of Obama Is Almost Over'
She added that it is "the end of an error," calling the president the "lamest of lame ducks."
03/08/2014 6:40 PM EST
Palin: Only Mama Grizzlies Can Say 'Hear Me Roar'
Palin lets the women of America know that conservatives' values are "family, faith and freedom," adding that females are "happy to lead the charge" for the movement.
"We're the party with the plank that protects even our littlest sisters in the womb," Palin said making a subtle reference to conservative beliefs on abortion.
03/08/2014 6:37 PM EST
Palin Talking Duck Dynasty, Says Conservatives Won The Fight
She credits Phil Robertson for battling back on his remarks that being gay is a sin, adding that "his fight was our fight and we pushed back and we won."
03/08/2014 6:33 PM EST
Palin Hits Democrats, Harry Reid
Palin charges that the Democratic Party's agenda is "failure and fiasco on steroids." She also went after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), saying he would either end up being Senate Minority Leader, or a blackjack dealer, where "everything stays in Vegas."
03/08/2014 6:30 PM EST
Palin: 'The Only Thing That Stands In The Way Of A Bad Guy With A Nuke, Is A Good Guy With A Nuke'
"Hat tip, NRA!," she exclaimed for a punctuation mark.
03/08/2014 6:26 PM EST
Palin Serenaded To 'Run Sarah!' Chants
And she responds by saying she didn't get a chance to run this morning. The crowd seemed to be prodding her to run for president.