“I’m shy. I don’t like to speak my mind.”
Gov. Chris Christie’s CPAC speech this afternoon was more than just a rally for conservatives: It laid the groundwork for a future presidential run.
His speech targeted key issues that conflicting factions of the conservative movement can agree on. He touted his strong pro-life streak, called the Democratic Party “intolerant,” and demonstrated his success as a fiscal conservative in New Jersey.
"Our ideas are better than theirs," he said confidently.
Once he proved his conservatism to the CPAC audience, Christie focused on pragmatics:
We need to start talking about what we’re for….not what we’re against.
Not only are we against Obamacare…higher taxes…bigger government…more intrusion into our constitutional rights…but we’re for a free market society that allows your effort and ingenuity to determine your success, not the cold, hard hand of government to determine winners and losers, which is what this administration has been about.