Orbán presents 12 points of advice for conservatives at CPAC


Photo by MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán offered 12 points of advice for conservative activists and elected officials from the United States and beyond at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Budapest on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Addressing CPAC attendees at a conference center on the Danube, Orbán outlined 12 points for conservatives.

The PM led with the point "playing by your own rules". "We can only win if we don't accept others' solutions and paths," he said. "If you play by your enemy's rules, you'll lose," he added.

He argued that national conservatism must be applied in domestic politics by "staying on the side of voters", while national interests must be the priority in foreign policy: "Hungary first! America first!"

He said conservatives need media, pointing to the bigger-than-life effect of modern media's "left-wing positioning", and they must "expose their opponents' intentions".

Orbán's sixth point was "economy, economy, economy". "When we came to power, we decided that the only economic policy that would be implemented was policy that served the majority of the electorate," he said.

He warned against being "squeezed to the fringes", saying that spreading conspiracy theories might win popularity in online forums, but would "alienate most voters".

He urged "reading every day" to understand a "complicated" world, adding that "a book a day keeps defeat away".

Orbán also said conservatives must "have faith", "find friends", "build communities" and "build institutions".

He told the CPAC attendees 2024 would be a "decisive" year, pointing to presidential and congressional elections in the United States and the European Parliament election in Europe. 

"We have two years to prepare," he said. "The Hungarian lesson is that there is no magic weapon, just hard work," he added.

Other speakers on Thursday included former Republican senator Rick Santorum, British politician Nigel Farage, who for years campaigned for Brexit, and Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Held in the Bálna (Whale) conference center, the event, the grassroots flagship of the American Conservative Union, winds up today. This is the first time CPAC has been held in Europe.

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