Following up on ThinkProgress’ report from earlier today, The Hill’s Briefing Room blog reports that former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern will not be attending CPAC “due to scheduling conflicts related to a book tour — a development coming Wednesday.” American Conservative Union President David Keene, CPAC’s organizer, explains:
“When I talked to him two or three weeks ago, he very much wanted to come,” said David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the conference. [...]
Keene said McGovern would hopefully attend next year’s conference, when he would receive the award. The conference will still let attendees know that had McGovern been able to attend, they would have given the award.