CPAC Notebook

Phil Robertson from the A&E series “Duck Dynasty,” was honored Friday at the Conservative Political Action Committee in National Harbor, Md.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gave a shout-out to BMW, saying America needs to stop stigmatizing trade schools in lieu of college, saying BMW technician is a worthy profession. That should appeal to Republicans, especially where the South Carolina plant is. ... Former S.C. Sen. Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation, stopped by to do several interviews. One of his topics was ensuring Washington legislation stays out of “picking winners and losers.” ... Newt Gingrich said his favorite constitutional amendments are the First and Second, the Second because “the reason we won the American Revolution is because we had weapons.” ... U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., will discuss executive branch overreach Saturday. ... Finally, “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson was given the Andrew Breitbart “Defender of the First Amendment Award” for standing up for his religious views. Robertson gave an overlong sermon that targeted STDs, the Founding Fathers and a string of other thoughts. He rambled deep into former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush’s appearance time.