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Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin repeatedly brought a jam packed crowd to its feet during her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.

Palin covered everything from overpaid Washington D.C. consultants, gun control and crony capitalism to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s recently shot down big gulp ban.

As Townhall readers know, elections are always on our minds and the next one was on Palin’s mind today as she advocated for an outside-the-beltway approach to the future.

“The next election is 20 months away, now is the time to toss the consultants,” Palin said while getting a dig in at Karl Rove. “The last thing we need is Washington D.C. vetting our candidates.”

As expected, Palin slammed President Obama for his never ending campaign just as she has done on her Facebook page over the past few months.

“The election came and went but the campaign never stopped,” Palin said. “Mr. President, we get it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.”

Gun control and the Obama administration push for more criminalization of law abiding citizens was also covered.

“Background checks Mr. President? Should have started with yours,” Palin said about gun control. “Imagine leadership that respects the Second Amendment to Constitution.”

Palin also touched on crony capitalism, an issue she took on during her time in Alaska as governor.

“Whenever government expands, it’s the well connected who benefit,” Palin said. “There’s a big difference between being pro-business and pro-free market.....It’s time to break up the cronyism.”

The CPAC theme for 2013 is “America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives.” Palin embraced this message with humor by wielding a big gulp on stage and encouraged college Republicans to keep fighting on their college campuses for conservative principles.

“My only advice to college Republicans, because I’m a mama, is you gotta be thinkin’ Sam Adams not drinkin’ Sam Adams,” Palin said adding, “It’s imperative to reach out and share that conservative message of liberty.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is CPAC’s  keynote speaker, helped introduce Palin and reminded the crowd and the media about her support for Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley and himself when they were only candidates.

“I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasn’t for Sarah Palin,” Cruz said.

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Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.

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