Washington (CNN) – Conservatives gathered Saturday for the third day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that promised speeches from and discussions with leading Republican lawmakers, analysts and pundits. The three day meeting in Washington culminated with a much-watched straw poll Saturday. Check back here for updates from our reports and producers throughout the day. Watch the remarks live here. Read the live blog of CPAC: Day 1. Read the live blog of CPAC: Day 2.
5:21 p.m. ET - Palin exits to Shania Twain's 2002 hit "She's Not Just a Pretty Face."
"She hosts a T.V. show, she rides the rodeo."
"She's on the council–she's on the board."
"She's a politician–she praises the Lord."
5:19 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Palin dig at Romney: "we need someone who can instinctively turn right..it's too late to teach that or spin...it must be there"
5:15 p.m. ET - Palin said the GOP "must stand united" behind the presidential nominee and "work together to get him over the finish line."
5:14 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Palin: competition brings out the best in our nominees. Arguing long fight not bad
5:11 p.m. ET - In his reelection effort, Obama will try to "reinvent himself," like "carhartts and steel toed boots are us."
5:07 p.m. ET - Palin said after serving time in Washington, elected officials decide the nation's capital is not a "cesspool," but rather say it is "like a hot tub and they're hoping in and join the jacuzzi."
"It's time to drain the jacuzzi ... throw the bums out with the bath water," she said.
5:03 p.m. ET - @HowardKurtz: Palin says Obama's Washington is home to permanent political class. That wasn't true under Bush?
5:02 p.m. ET - Attempting to paint Washington as "out of touch," Palin said "heck they even have a Lamborghini dealership." Although she said "there's nothing wrong with hot wheels," DC and its surrounding areas are the playgrounds for the "government rich."
4:59 p.m. ET – "This isn't some international community organizing or some social welfare network that's going on," Palin said. "We'll never apologize for America's strength or America's greatness."
4:56 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Palin litany of plays on obamaisms. God and guns, yes we can, hope and change. Red meat central
4:54 p.m. ET – Palin, describing the president's economic proposals said: "He says that he has a jobs plan to win the future. WTF, I know. And I'm the idiot. His WTF plan."
4:50 p.m. ET - @MMStewartCNN reports: Protesters started chanting "mic check, mic check." The crowd responded by changing "USA USA". A man in the audience jumped out of his seat and headed in their direction yelling "Get the hell out of here you a–holes.". Disruption was quickly calmed down and Palin told the crowd "Now see, you've just won."
4:46 p.m. ET - Sarah Palin said members of the tea party rose up over the last three years because "Americans woke up." Looking straight at the camera the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said "our movement is one country united under God ... and President Obama, we are threw with you."
"Hope and change? Ya, you gotta hope things change," she said to chants of "U.S.A., U.S.A." ... Followed by "Sarah" chants.
4:41 p.m. ET – @DanaBashCNN: Ron Paul won cpac last 2yrs This year: 4th. But he didnt really compete. His campaign manager told me hes working for real votes (in Maine)
4:39 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Cpac Crowd now chanting Sarah!
4:36 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Who does cpac want for vp? Marco Rubio tops the list 34 percent. Chris Christie next with 9 percent. Tied with bob mcdonnell at 9 percent
4:27 p.m. ET – CPAC Presidential Straw Poll Results:
Mitt Romney: 38%
Rick Santorum: 31%
Newt Gingrich: 15%
Ron Paul: 12%
Total participants: 3,408
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4:21 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: the mere mention of Sarah Palin's name just elicited a louder roar from the #CPAC crowd than any of the Republican candidates did
4:16 p.m. ET - Norquist said the 2012 Republican presidential race is "confusing" but that the ups and downs are a sign the GOP is "winning." Republicans, he said, need someone to sign the proposals, like Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, not "someone to think it up."
4:11 p.m. ET - "The only person in the country who smokes cigarettes and makes more than $250,000 per year is named Barack Obama," Norquist said while criticizing tax increases backed by the president.
4:08 p.m. ET - The anti-tax crusader Norquist said proponents of tax increases are as "monomaniacal as a teenage boy on a prom date."
4:02 p.m. ET - Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said the tea party movement and the Ron Paul movement came into the Republican party and made it "bigger, stronger and more conservative."
"More people are a good idea in a party an in a movement," Norquist said.
3:33 p.m. ET - Ryan Hecker, founder of Contract from America, described what he sees is the biggest difference between the tea party movement and Occupy Wall Street: "We care about this country and they care about themselves."
3:30 p.m ET - Dana Loesch, Editor-in-Chief of Big Journalism and CNN contributor, appearing on the same panel, said the president has already "been beaten," but the "media is keeping him on a lifeline right now."
3:20 p.m. ET - Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said the tea party movement is not dead. She said the grassroots movement should not be judged by the number of signs or people at their rallies, but rather by votes on Election Day, when Occupy Wall Street protesters are "still out at their rallies or their protests." Kremer appeared as part of a panel discussion, "Taking Back Wall Street: The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street."
3:08 p.m. ET - Palin calls on Romney to work harder for the conservative vote
3:00 p.m. ET - Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spent much of his speech criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder, including his positions over the closing of Guantanamo Bay, the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and CIA interrogators. The senator said Holder is more concerned with "satisfying Obama's left wing base" than "doing his job."
He charged the audience with electing a new Republican president and GOP Senate majority to ensure Holder is replaced.
2:57 p.m. ET - Sen. John Cornyn of Texas at the beginning of his remarks: "I'll be brief because I know I'm one of the last speakers between you and Sarah Palin." The former Alaska governor is scheduled to speak at 4:30 p.m. ET.
12:50 p.m. ET - In a round of word association (a sampling):
Carlson: Much needed
Begala: Flat earth
Carlson: Appalling, unnecessary
Begala: All-American, essential
Carlson: Something I'd rather not be
Begala: Beloved by God
Carlson: Wouldn't know her if she got in the shower with me
12:38 p.m. ET - When asked if the tea party movement or Rev. Al Sharpton were "more racist," Carlson said neither the tea party nor Sharpton are racist, adding Sharpton "only hates patronizing liberal white people."
12:37 p.m. ET – Begala was greeted with boos when he asked the audience why conservatives "hate the constitution so much." He equated calls for constitutional amendments to a new husband who tells his wife he loves her as she is and then on their honeymoon asks her to get plastic surgery.
"Love it and leave it alone, it's our constitution," Begala said.
12:32 p.m. ET – Before their debate, Democrat Paul Begala, a CNN contributor, and Tucker Carlson, Fox News contributor, were introduced as Paul "Big Government" Begala and Tucker "Cut It All" Carlson.
11:29 a.m. ET - Scott said he ran for governor in 2010 on his "7-7-7" plan to cut the Sunshine State's deficit while promoting private sector job growth. He said he was flattered when former presidential candidate Herman Cain soared to the top of the GOP field on his "9-9-9 plan."
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," Scott said, before adding: "I was first."
11:27 a.m. ET - Florida Gov. Rick Scott said it is not government's role to pick the "winners and losers" in society.
"Freedom to succeed also means freedom to fail," Scott said.
10:52 a.m. ET - Bolton said the death of Osama bin laden was "ten years in the making" and "what Obama did was get out of the way."
"That does not equal a foreign policy," Bolton added.
10:44 a.m. ET - To achieve a "Reaganite foreign policy," Bolton said the next president has an "enormous task ahead" to strengthen American defense so no country entertains the idea of threatening the U.S.
Bolton, who considered running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, said Obama has significantly cut defense spending to the determent of the country.
"American weakness is provocative to our adversaries and we have a president who specializes in it," Bolton said.
10:39 a.m. ET - John Bloton, former U.S. representative to the United Nations, contrasted the late President Ronald Reagan with Obama, saying while Reagan was "proud to be American," Obama believes in American exceptionalism "about as much as he believes in freedom of religion."
10:22 p.m. ET - @sinderbrandcnn reports: Suit-wearing protesters unfurled a sign while the criminal justice panel was underway ... but in a different room. The sign: "Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State. I'm not a racist, I just work for them." They made it all the way to the lectern table before security arrived.
10:12 p.m. ET - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Romney supporter who helped craft the controversial immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama, said the U.S. is on the verge of making national immigration policy that includes self deportation with the election of a Republican president. Want to create a job for an American tomorrow? "Deport an illegal alien today," Kobach said.
9:43 a.m. ET - Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza opened remarks with: "Welcome to Indian-American morning at CPAC" ... followed by laughs.
9:35 a.m. ET - Jindal said his personal experience with Obama administration after the gulf oil spill is the reason the 2012 election is so important.
He said he interacted with people who were "very book smart but never run anything in the private sector."
"They refused to listen to the people that knew better than all the experts," Jindal said.
9:30 a.m. ET - Jindal said teacher quality is the most important aspect of education, more than class size or facilities. He said he's supporting teacher compensation and tenure reform because while 99% of teachers receive a satisfactory grade under the current system, 45% of schools received a "D" or "F" under the letter grade scale he instituted in the state. He also stressed the importance of parental involvement.
"We live in a country where every child should be free to pursue the American dream," Jindal said. "The government doesn't owe you equal results but it does owe you equal opportunity."
"Our children only grow up once," he added.
9:21 a.m. ET - After touting his record of cutting taxes and spending in his state, Jindal said he will tackle reforming pension programs for public employees and education during the upcoming legislative session.
9:10 a.m. ET - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized the Obama administration's recent steps regarding contraception, saying the action "let the American people see what's behind that curtain." The last time the president gave Americans a glimpse of his true feelings was when he said small town Americans "cling to guns or religion," the former representative said.
"We love us some guns and religion and we make no apologies for it," Jindal told the crowd.