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CPAC in Pictures
The Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual free-for-all of conservative thought, convened Thursday for a three-day party that brings together 11,000 conservative activists, opinion shapers and lawmakers to develop their strategy for the coming year. This year's event features at least 10 of the would-be 2012 Republican presidential candidates, all trying to send a convincing message home with the grassroots leaders who will fan out across the country to share their views about those best suited to lead the future.
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PAWLENTY BOOK SIGNING

Feb. 11, 2011: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty signs books at the Conservative Political Acction Conference in Washington.

PALIN IMPOSTOR

Feb. 11, 2011: A woman dressed as Sarah Palin is seen at the Conservative Political Acction Conference in Washington.

RON PAUL BOOKSIGNING

Feb. 11, 2011: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, signs books at the Conservative Political Acction Conference in Washington.

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Participants at CPAC get riled up on Thursday morning, the first day of the three-day conservative political action festival.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who called depictions of his recent comments about Sarah Palin the work of reporters' imaginations, is one of the unknowns in a 2012 presidential bid.

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Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey is the former head of the Club for Growth, making him a big-time champion for fiscal conservatives demanding Congress stop its spendthrift ways.

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Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann kicked off CPAC with repeated calls to the audience that she is one of them, a point they will weigh after she offered to buy drinks for everyone at an evening reception. 

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Freshman Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson came out of the blue last year to defeat Sen. Russ Feingold, making him a liberal-slaying hero to conservatives. 

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CPAC in Pictures

The Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual free-for-all of conservative thought, convened Thursday for a three-day party that brings together 11,000 conservative activists, opinion shapers and lawmakers to develop their strategy for the coming year. This year's event features at least 10 of the would-be 2012 Republican presidential candidates, all trying to send a convincing message home with the grassroots leaders who will fan out across the country to share their views about those best suited to lead the future.

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