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CPAC 2013: Palin tells conservatives: Rebuild the country, not the party

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"We're at CPAC not to rebrand a party; we're here to rebuild a country," said former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, in a speech that shows for many conservatives she's still a rock star of the right.

Before the former Alaska governor spoke, Ted Cruz in a surprise move introduced her, hours before he was slated to be the featured closing speaker at CPAC.

Her funniest line referred to Christmas gifts exchanged by her and her husband: "You got the rifle; I got the rack," a double entendre the conservative but not prissy audience clearly loved.

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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


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