Donald Trump: 'Hated to Cancel' CPAC, 'We'll Win Before' the Convention

CPAC Mental Health Check-In Glenn Beck Edition

"I guess he doesn't pretend to be a conservative and is trying to appeal to everyone", he said.

Texas' junior senator and GOP presidential hopeful described the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into Clinton's email server as an "ominous development" and said she is likely headed to prison, a notion that elicited roars from a fiery crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference taking place across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.

Also publicly criticizing Trump: House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was Romney's running mate, and 2008 GOP nominee John McCain.

"Everybody better have a "Big Government Sucks" sign!" the organizer shouted as more and more observers held up their phones to tape the maybe-not-so-impromptu dance party. This comes at a critical time in our movement's history.

"God bless CPAC. So Donald Trump is skipping CPAC, I think somebody told him Megyn Kelly was going to be here or even worse he was told there were conservatives that were going to be here or even worse he was told there were libertarians that were going to be here or even worse young people that were going to be here", Cruz said Thursday. Now, because of young people, "resistance is coming to a statistical zero". But with front-runner Trump yet to win states by the margins he'll need in order to secure the nomination before the GOP convention, every one of the 155 GOP delegates at stake on Saturday was worth fighting for.

"Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years", the campaign said in a statement. A lawsuit filed by the NY attorney general claims the classes fell so short of promises that it amounted to fraud.

Attendees were each given a unique PIN and could complete the poll on the CPAC app, via email or at a station at the conference.

He said Friday he understands the "bound by laws and treaties" and he will not order USA military officials to violate or disobey those laws if elected president. The count before Kansas had Trump at 329 to Cruz's 231.

Women wear skirts with elephants, the symbol of the Republican party, at CPAC.

CPAC says 2,659 attendees participated in the annual poll, and 40 percent chose Cruz as their first choice for president, followed by Sen. "I'm campaigning to be president".

Rubio and Trump have engaged in a heated rivalry in recent weeks as the brash billionaire has expanded his lead in the GOP nomination fight, and several GOP party elders - most notably Mitt Romney - have implored Republican voters to stop Trump's march to the nomination. A lot of voters at CPAC, it seems, have their hands on their wallets whenever he opens his mouth.