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Gingrich: It was a 'mistake' not to invite Christie and McDonnell to CPAC

This morning in Maryland, one of the first previews of the 2016 election, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), is in full swing.

Many of the GOP’s rising stars will be giving speeches throughout the conference, but a few big name conservatives like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell are notably absent from the event’s roster.

On Starting Point this morning, former speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich comments on CPAC’s decision not to extend an invitation to the high-profile Republican governors.

“It was a mistake… I think they should have invited both governors to speak,” Gingrich says. “They're both remarkable reformers. They both have great records.”

Gingrich also responds to the statement made by Rand Paul during his CPAC speech yesterday, when he said that the GOP has “grown stale and moss-covered.”

“I think we're going to be fine in the long run, but I do think the old guard of the party, sometimes, gets a little too crusty and a little too anti-ideas, and I think that's unfortunate,” Gingrich explains.

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