From the article I linked to in my comment below:
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.
“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
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