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Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll; Rubio close second

Rand Paul - NBC News

CPAC stands with Rand. “Torch of liberty” scion Rand Paul was the choice of the plurality of conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as Paul won the much-hyped straw poll.


Romney: GOP, conservatives 'have not lost our way'

Romney represents the GOP's old guard as younger Republicans such as Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are in spotlight at conservative event... The event known as CPAC often shines the spotlight on the up-and-comers of the Republican Party and is a critical proving ground for presidential hopefuls. More than a dozen potential 2016 presidential candidates — including Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — are all on this year's program and represent a new generation of Republican leaders.


At CPAC, anti-Obama is more popular than pro-Romney

The Republican presidential front-runner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, has struggled to gain enthusiastic support from conservatives on the campaign trail, and some analysts say he could be facing an "enthusiasm gap" as the campaign continues.


Ron Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll

Ron Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll

Talk about your political upsets. Rep. Ron Paul, hero of a fervant band of libertarians, unexpectedly won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.


CPAC, Day 2: Pawlenty, Bachmann, Ron Paul

CPAC, Day 2: Pawlenty, Bachmann, Ron Paul

Day two of 38th annual Conservative Political Action is underway. The scheduled lineup of speakers includes: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential presidential candidate, speaks at 10 am EST. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at 12:20 pm EST. Former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft, 1:15 p.m. EST.


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