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Republicans gather for CPAC opening as Haley commits to fighting on: Live

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Nikki Haley doubles down on vow to stay in presidential race

Republicans are gathering for the latest instalment of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Wednesday, another four-day jamboree of grandstanding speeches, culture war grievances and MAGA electioneering.

The event is once more taking place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, and will be headlined by Donald Trump, who will make its keynote address on Saturday before heading off to South Carolina for the state primary.

Other guest speakers of note include Liz Truss, Nigel Farage and Argentina’s president Javier Milei as well as a host of right-wing favourites.

Nikki Haley will not be there but did deliver a defiant message to Republicans on Tuesday as she pledged to fight on in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, saying she wanted to avoid a “Soviet-style election” with only one candidate and claiming that party members “privately dread” Mr Trump but are afraid to say so publicly, warning that he is a serial loser.

“South Carolina will vote on Saturday,” she said. “But on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere. I’m campaigning every day until the last person votes.”

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Haley vows ‘I’m not going anywhere’ ahead of South Carolina primary

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley delivered a defiant speech ahead of her home state’s primary on Saturday and insisted that she will not quit the 2024 race even if she loses.

Haley, who won two terms as governor of the Palmetto State, insisted that she does not fear Trump’s retribution and is in it for the long haul

“South Carolina will vote on Saturday. But on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere,” she said in Greenville on Tuesday at a press conference at which reporters had assembled fully expecting her to announce that she was suspending her campaign, seeing no path to victory.

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CPAC: Trump boosters, Biden attacks and Liz Truss

Once again, a throng of conservative activists, Republican elected officials and young right-wingers will descend on National Harbor, just outside of DC, for another instalment of CPAC.

The event has served multiple purposes throughout the years. It often showcases new conservative talent, sets the tone for what major policies conservatives will champion in the next election and often allows potential candidates for president to test the waters.

Indeed, in 2011, Donald Trump gave his first political speech at the conservative gathering. It debuted his conservative star turn and laid the groundwork for him becoming the Republican nominee for president in 2016 and winning the presidency.

This year, though, with Trump as the GOP’s presumptive nominee, CPAC – which runs from Wednesday to Saturday – will have a different tone and will serve as a booster for his campaign against Joe Biden in the general election.

Here’s what to expect this week, courtesy of Eric Garcia.

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Roll up! Roll up! Here’s who’s speaking at CPAC

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) returns once more this week for another serving of Republican grandstanding, grievance-airing and merchandise shilling.

The four-day event that bills itself as the “largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world” returns to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, from Wednesday until Saturday 24 February.

Here’s which right-wing “luminaries” will be taking to the stage.

Joe Sommerlad21 February 2024 11:00

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Russia faces ‘major sanctions’ from Biden administration after Navalny death

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC:

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 10:30

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Top oversight Democrat slams Biden impeachment witness as ‘chaotic to the point of burlesque’

Gustaf Kilander reports on what he wrote:

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 09:30

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Nikki Haley says she would pardon Donald Trump if elected president

Presidential candidate Nikki Haley has vowed to pardon former US President Donald Trump should she defeat him in the Republican Primary and win against Joe Biden in November. Speaking at a town hall in South Carolina on Sunday (18 February), Haley confirmed that if the former president is found guilty, she would pardon him to unify America. She said: “We’ve got to leave the negativity and the baggage behind. I don’t want this country divided any further. I don’t think it’s in the best interest for America to have an 80-year-old president sitting in jail and having everybody upset about it.” Trump faces several court cases related to election interference, the January 6 riots, and falsifying business records.

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 06:30

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‘I’m not going anywhere’: Defiant Haley insists she doesn’t fear Trump’s retribution

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley delivered a defiant speech ahead of her home state’s primary on Saturday and insisted that she will not quit the 2024 race even if she loses her home state’s primary this Saturday.

Ms Haley, who won two terms as governor of South Carolina, insisted that even if she loses, she does not fear former president Donald Trump’s retribution.

“That’s why I refuse to quit. South Carolina will vote on Saturday. But on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere,” she said at a speech in Greenville on Tuesday.

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 04:30

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Watch: Manchin asked if Trump has moral fibre to be president

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 02:30

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Biden campaign raises $42m in January ‘driven by grassroots’

The campaign claimed to have raised almost $278m since April last year, saying that its $130m cash on hand was the “highest total of any democratic candidate in history”. The president’s re-election campaign also noted that January was its strongest month for grassroots fundraising.

Gustaf Kilander looks at the figures:

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 01:30

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13 GOP senators call on leadership to push for Mayorkas impeachment trial

They might need a few more senators on board to make this happen…

Oliver O’Connell21 February 2024 00:30

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