Believe it or not, 2012 is here, and today kicks off the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriot Wardmam Hotel in Washington D.C. Over the next three days, conservative leaders from all over the country, grassroots activists, filmmakers, bloggers, college students, writers, reporters, politicians and more, will express and discuss ideas and formulate strategies about how to replace President Obama in November, while taking the country back to its conservative founding. CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservatives.
Last year, CPAC attendance hit a record of 10,000. This year, it is expected 11,000 people will attend the conference, proving conservatism and the battle for small government ideas are alive and well. This year's schedule is packed with hard hitting speakers like Allen West, Sarah Palin, Reince Priebus, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain, Bobby Jindal, Laura Ingraham and more. GOP presidential candidates will also speak at the event, surely in an effort to court conservative voters as the battle for the nomination rages on. CPAC is also an excellent opportunity for GOP candidates to speak with youth voters.
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