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GOP’s Navarro: ‘Big Takeaway From CPAC Was That Ted Cruz Was Not the Story’

GOP strategist Ana Navarro and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan agreed that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was not the focal point of last week’s CPAC, an annual gathering of conservative and Republican figures, both feeling that other 2016 GOP hopefuls captured the attention of the convention, if not the party.

“To me one of the takeaways was that Ted Cruz was not the story out of this CPAC,” Navarro said. “To me the big takeaways were that Chris Christie got a very good and warm reception, did a great job on his speech. Rick Perry got a comeback, started wearing tortoise shell glasses, got studious and was able to remember his lines. Marco Rubio owns the foreign policy mantel amongst the new generation of Republicans. Those were the big things I saw at CPAC.”

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Noonan said that Cruz, at times, acted like someone who didn’t want to be president, and turned her attention to figures like Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“What struck me so much the past week is the intellectual diversity,” Noonan said, “the diversity of stands and stances, and how everybody pretty peacefully, often with good nature, was debating each other and trying to figure out the actual meaning, currently, of Republicanism.”

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