ORLANDO - There were two key conferences for conservatives this weekend - one in St. Charles, Illinois, and another in Orlando, Florida. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Defending America's Dream conference in Orlando featured an array of national conservative leaders - including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both being mentioned as potential 2016 presidential candidates.
Illinoisan Helene Miller-Walsh reported on her Facebook page that Marco Rubio was first met with shouts of "Traitor" and "No amnesty," things quieted down and his remarks were well received. "I particularly liked his concluding remarks which were about privilege," Miller-Walsh wrote. "He said he did not grow up with privilege, but considers himself privileged. He is privileged to have grown up in America in a home with two loving parents and opportunity to pursue his dreams."
Ted Cruz' conference-closing remarks were warmly received by the AFP Conference audience of 2000 conservatives. Cruz had the audience standing and cheering throughout his remarks about defunding Obamacare — and a host of other subjects popular with the audience. The Blaze grabbed Cruz' opening joke:
See other Illinois Review stories on the Black Conservative Summit also held this weekend in St. Charles.