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Rove, Palin Get Catty

Karl fires back after Palin's CPAC zinger

(Newser) - It's beginning to feel like 2008 all over again: Right down there with soda, Teleprompters, and the many things that Sarah Palin ripped during yesterday's CPAC speech was a self-proclaimed "balding, fat guy" who took exception to her statement that "the architects can head on back... More »

Rand Paul Edges Marco Rubio in CPAC Poll

Santorum, Christie, Ryan, way behind

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul beat Sen. Marco Rubio in the CPAC straw poll today by a hair—25% to 23%—but stayed well ahead of the other Republicans in contention, the Washington Times reports. The rest of the pack, courtesy of the Washington Post :
  • Rick Santorum: 8%
  • Chris Christie: 7%
  • Paul
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Palin Excites CPAC Crowd in Return to Spotlight

Conservative firebrand slams Obama, GOP establishment

(Newser) - Sarah Palin returned to the national spotlight at CPAC today to roundly criticize President Obama and fire potshots at the Republican establishment, NBC News reports. In her first major appearance since Fox News , Palin slammed Obama time and again: "Mr. President, we admit it, you won—now step away... More »

Walker Sounds Interested in 2016 Run

'Not ruling it out'; Jeb Bush says GOP musn't be 'anti-everything'

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke at CPAC today to push his small-government views , but he's also making headlines over an interview with Politico in which he talked about the 2016 presidential race. Is he interested in running? "Possibly. I guess the only thing I’d say is I’... More »

Romney: 'I Utterly Reject Pessimism'

He makes not-so-triumphant return to CPAC convention

(Newser) - Mitt Romney didn't exactly get an all-star slot at the CPAC convention, but he used his 15 minutes this afternoon to thank the group for its support ("You touched my heart again") and to express confidence that Republicans, and the country, will bounce back, reports USA Today... More »

CPAC Not Exactly Excited About Romney Speech

Ex-candidate will get 15 minutes

(Newser) - CPAC's theme this year is "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives." Which must be pretty awkward for Mitt Romney, who will be speaking there today, given that he's neither, Politico points out. Romney will be given only 15 minutes to speak, and the prospect... More »

CPAC Chair: Christie Unworthy of Invite

NJ governor's conservatism lacking, he says

(Newser) - Chris Christie isn't CPAC material, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said today, explaining why the New Jersey governor hadn't gotten a spot in the annual conference that begins today. "I'm a firm believer that if the Republican Party's going to have success, it's... More »

Santorum: Mitt Romney Bought CPAC

'I don't try to rig straw polls,' says candidate

(Newser) - Fresh off his loss to Mitt Romney at CPAC , Rick Santorum hit the talk shows this morning, and he's downplaying the victory, reports Politico : "You have to talk to the Romney campaign and how many tickets they bought—we've heard all sorts of things," Santorum told... More »

Palin: GOP Needs an 'Instinctive' Conservative

Hints at Romney problems, saying too late to 'spin it'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin topped off the Conservative Political Action Conference last night with a rousing speech, avoiding endorsing any candidate, but certainly hinting at Mitt Romney's weaknesses, reports the Wall Street Journal . Palin said that Republicans need a conservative whose beliefs are "instinctive," not someone molded by spin... More »

Breitbart: I Have ‘College Days’ Obama Videos

They will show the president's radical roots, he says

(Newser) - Conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart says he has video of Barack Obama from the president's "college days," and he plans on using it in the coming election cycle to show "why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008,... More »

Gingrich: GOP Establishment Not 'Tough Enough'

Says Republican leaders prefer 'managing decay' to real fighting

(Newser) - The Republican establishment doesn't have "the toughness" to grow majority support for conservative values, so conservatives need to vote for Newt Gingrich, the anti-establishment candidate, Gingrich told the Conservative Political Action Conference, reports CNN . After Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney gave their best conservative pitches to CPAC, it... More »

Santorum, Romney Woo Conservatives

CPAC gives Santorum a standing ovation

(Newser) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have given their speeches to the Conservative Political Action Conference (Newt Gingrich goes on later), and the themes were no surprise:
  • Romney: "I fought against long odds in a deep blue state, but I was a severely conservative Republican governor," he said. Romney
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CPAC's Big Winners, Losers

Romney, Bachmann score while Paul, Santorum struggle

(Newser) - Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll for the second year straight, but that doesn’t make him a CPAC winner. Chris Cillizza runs down his take on the winners and losers coming out of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference for the Washington Post , and there are a... More »

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Again

He's No. 1 for second straight year

(Newser) - Ron Paul remains the darling of CPAC. The GOP congressman won the annual straw poll at the conservative convention for the second year in a row with 30% of the vote, reports Human Events . Mitt Romney finished second at 23%, and nobody else cracked 6%. Chris Christie and former New... More »

Pawlenty: Nation Must Move Toward God

He also accuses Obama of appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney made their pitches to the CPAC convention, even though a Sarah Palin impersonator stole a bit of their thunder. Some highlights:
  • Pawlenty reminded the audience that the nation's motto is In God We Trust, "and we should stand on that foundation as our founders
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Cheney, Rumsfeld Booed at CPAC

Ron Paul supporters clash with Bush supporters

(Newser) - The divisions in the Republican Party came into sharp relief last night when Donald Rumsfeld received the “Defenders of the Constitution” award—only to be booed lustily by Ron Paul supporters, many of whom stood up and left the room in protest, CBS News reports. The clamor grew even... More »

CPAC Chuckles at Birther Quip

Puerto Rico-born Rep. Raul Labrador: 'I have a birth certificate'

(Newser) - Next stop on the comedy circuit, CPAC? Rep. Raul Labrador, who was born in Puerto Rico, drew guffaws and applause after whipping out a birther joke during his address yesterday, saying he was "an American citizen by birth, and I have the birth certificate to prove it." But... More »

Trump Tells CPAC: I'd Be a Great President

He's still considering a run, calls the US a 'laughingstock'

(Newser) - Donald Trump made the most of his surprise invitation to address the Republicans' CPAC convention today, focusing on a subject near and dear to his own heart—his own excellence. "I'm well acquainted with winning," declared Trump, who said he'll decide by June whether to run for president.... More »

What to Watch for at CPAC

Conservatives ready to rumble, test presidential waters

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off today, and it promises to be an interesting one, given the crossroads the movement finds itself at. Politico breaks down what to watch thusly:
  • The 2012 Presidential Race: Candidates will be test-driving their messages in what’s seen as the first big event
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CPAC Kicks Off 2012 GOP Race

Contenders vie to define themselves in speeches, straw poll

(Newser) - The race to the 2012 GOP presidential nomination begins in earnest tomorrow, when the annual Conservative Political Action Committee shindig kicks off in Washington. Nearly all the party’s hopefuls will be there—with the notable exceptions of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee—vying both to define themselves against the... More »

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