Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour may not be focused on running for president yet, but at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) he had the talking points of a GOP candidate down.
Barbour called for the reining in of "government gone wild" as the one of the most important goals of 2012. Comparing his conservative policies against those of liberals he said "You know in a liberal ideology every dollar earned belongs to the government."
Washington (CNN) - Conservative activists have descended upon D.C. for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. CNN takes a look at who the key speakers are.
9 a.m.: Andrew Breitbart
–Publishes of Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv
–Launched the sites: Big Hollywood, Big Journalism, Big Government and Big Peace
–Former researcher for Arianna Huffington
–Married with four children
Washington (CNN) - A Tea Party activist, well known in Maine, announced that he will try to oust his state's senior Republican senator.
And now Andrew Ian Dodge is repeating a favorite line of conservatives: "I consider her almost as bad for the country as President Obama."
On Friday, the Tea Party Patriots' Maine state coordinator announced he'd challenge Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. And yet his words beg the question: Could the same kind of Republican political warfare that burst open in Alaska and Delaware also happen – in Maine?
Washington (CNN) - Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul said U.S. investment in Egypt was a "big mistake," partly because he's "not a believer in foreign aid" in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room" Friday.
Speaking from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Paul compared U.S. investment in Egypt's military and economic assistance to the country with "propping up the Shah of Iran."
Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain, the first Republican to open a presidential exploratory committee, addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Monday in a speech laden with criticisms of the Obama administration's fiscal policies.
"Stupid people are ruining America," Cain said to applause and laughter. "We have to become teachers and educators of the stupid."
Washington (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, repeating the mantra of limited government that has rocketed him to stardom among a certain segment of conservative activists.
Easily garnering the most enthusiastic applause of the day, Paul advocated for a complete governmental retreat in every realm of society.
Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an all-but-declared candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, accused the Obama administration Friday of "appeasing" the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as the country navigates a path forward in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the Islamic umbrella group as "a largely secular organization" earlier this week, but later corrected the claim.
Washington (CNN) - Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch fended off boos at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday when it came to his 2008 vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
In a question-and-answer session, an attendee asked Hatch, who is seeking reelection and will likely face a Tea Party-backed challenger, how he can call himself a conservative in light of the massive bank bailout he supported.
Washington (CNN) - He took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to chants of 'Run John, Run," but Sen. John Thune gave the crowd of eager conservative activists in Washington few hints on whether he will mount a bid for the White House.
The South Dakota Republican did however compare himself to some other likely presidential candidates, noting he caries a decidedly lower profile and may already be a step behind the process of getting his name out.