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Comment: Update, 4:45 p.m.:

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Update, 4:45 p.m.:

"Ron Paul issued a statement saying he declined to speak at CPAC due to a scheduling conflict.

In a statement provided to Whispers, Paul said that he did not turn down the invitation to speak because CPAC would not pay a speaker’s fee.

"While I have enjoyed speaking there in years past, I am unable to attend this year due to a previously scheduled engagement,” he said. Paul spokeswoman Stiles could not confirm whether Paul asked for his customary speakers fee to deliver an address to CPAC."

As Ron Paul is planning to debut his “Ron Paul’s America” daily radio segments and podcast on March 18, I would imagine he will be quite busy with prior obligations he agreed to with Courtside Entertainment Group who are syndicating it's launch.

CPAC is scheduled for March 14-16.

Mind you, can you blame him after the unfortunate "honest mistake" last time around, what do you think they could have planned for this years event?