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Scenes From CPAC

Rep, Ron Paul, R-TX, speaks at the 2011 CPAC conference in Washington DC on Friday, February 11, 2011.(Chet Susslin)

February 11, 2011

Updated at 7:22 a.m. on February 14.

The Wardman Park Marriott, where the Conservative Political Action Conference is hosted, is filled to the brim with colorful characters, swag and posters. Click through to get a taste.


Chet Susslin

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered pointed criticisms of President Obama in his morning speech on Saturday, Feb. 12, the last day of CPAC.

Read more: Barbour Blasts Obama; Mum on WH Bid

CORRECTION: The original version of this gallery misstated the location of CPAC.

Chet Susslin

Political commentator and Web publisher Andrew Breitbart speaking on Saturday, Feb. 12.

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Statues of President Obama sitting on top of clocks counting down to the last day of his current administration are for sale at the Conservative Political Action Conference. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.

Chet Susslin

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the first likely presidential contender to address the crowd at CPAC.

Read more: Romney Delivers Red Meat Rhetoric To CPAC Crowd

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A representative from Young Americans for Liberty pushes small American flags into a board indicating support for potential presidential candidates.

Chet Susslin

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's speech this year was a marked improvement over the one he delivered last year.

Read more: Pawlenty Tells Obama To Stop Apologizing For America

Not everyone at CPAC is enthralled by the straw poll contenders.

Chet Susslin

Rep. Ron Paul commanded quite an audience, receiving the loudest applause of any speaker on CPAC's second day.

Read more: Ron Paul: The CPAC Rock Star

Others were set on their favorites, like Chris Cassone, a tea party activist and CPAC performer is a fan of Sarah Palin, who did not attend the conference. (But her doppleganger did.)

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Participants talk with a representatives from GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives and their allies. Many conservative organizations, including Heritage Foundation and the Media Research Center, did not attend CPAC because GOProud was accepted as a sponsor. (See our gallery on the big names who sat this CPAC out.)

Chet Susslin

If he has presidential ambitions, South Dakota Sen. John Thune hid them well at this year's CPAC.

Read more: Thune Keeps 'Em Guessing

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Images of former President Reagan were pervasive during at the conference.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A man shows his dislike for what Donald Trump is saying at CPAC on Thursday. Trump, who is entertaining the idea of a presidential bid, said in his speech that crowd favorite Ron Paul is not electable.

Chet Susslin

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at CPAC on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Chet Susslin

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty greets the crowd after speaking at CPAC on Friday.

Lindsey Boerma, Cameron Joseph, and Theresa Poulson contributed contributed to this article.

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