CPAC opens in Washington

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) begins in Washington, D.C., featuring a who's who of conservative politics.

A security guard stands back stage as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

A security guard stands back stage as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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