Washington (CNN) - Conservatives wrapped up a three-day meeting in the nation's capital on Saturday and headed back home looking ahead to midterm elections they hope will be a springboard to take back the White House in 2012.
More than 10,000 people attended the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that featured speeches from conservative leaders, potential presidential candidates and training sessions for grassroots activists who serve as the foundation of the Republican political base.
The unifying themes over the three-day conference were fiscal discipline, less taxes, limited government, and the speakers sought to play up voter frustrations, while predicting a comeback for the GOP in November, a little more than a year after suffering political losses.
For the handful of presidential hopefuls, the conference was an early audition and an opportunity to test political and policy themes. U.S. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana made no apologies for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress, telling attendees Friday that he proudly wears the "Party of No" label that Democrats have tried to pin on Republicans.