Washington (CNN) – Conservatives gathered Friday for the second 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 will culminate 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 and read the Live blog of CPAC: Day 1. Read more here.
9:19 p.m. ET – Speaking at an evening session of CPAC, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his tough stance on unions, which sparked national headlines in 2011.
Walker, who faces a recall election after state Democrats submitted a petition with more than a million signatures, said the effort was funded by big union bosses based in Washington.
"I believe we will prevail," Walker said. He said the message he endorsed will echo across the states and into Congress and asked the audience for help spreading "the truth" about what was happening is his state across the country.
6:49 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: Things are breaking up but lots of protesters now engaging in intense, in-depth conversations with CPAC attendees. Clash of two movements.
6:30 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: The hotel hosting CPAC forced media back inside as Occupy protesters showed up again. Hotel security would not let media leave, creating major panic.
Andrew Breitbart also engaged in a streaming match and was escorted away by security while CPAC attendees sang "hey hey hey goodbye."
Police brought in two horses and protesters were escorted down a hill.
6:12 p.m. ET - Newt Gingrich's campaign distributed this photo on the floor at CPAC, and it was displayed in the monitors behind Gingrich when he delivered his address.
Gingrich called the supporters in the photo his "dream team." From left to right, they are: Actor Chuck Norris, former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts, Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain, conservative radio host Michael Reagan, and Iowa state Rep. Linda Upmeyer.
5:14 p.m. ET - Breitbart said he will march behind whoever the GOP presidential candidate is because it's a choice between "America and 'Occupy,'" a reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"I don't care who our candidate is," he said.
5:07 p.m. ET - Breitbart promised to "vet him [Obama] from his college days" before the next presidential election.
"I have video," Breitbar said.
5:05 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Gingrich spox @rchammond confirms more Callista in the coming days. Says she brings out "the softer side" of Newt. #CPAC2012
5:04 p.m. ET - Commentator Andrew Breitbart, publisher of Breitbart.com, said his speech will serve as a "war cry for 2012." He said the crowd needs to "join me in this war against the institutional left. This is not your mother's Democratic Party."
4:58 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: The image blowing up (err of interest) at #CPAC2012 – Newt's cabinet? pic.twitter.com/Kk5kYSii
Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum will target President Barack Obama rather his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination during his speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
A senior adviser to the former senator from Pennsylvania also told CNN that Santorum will most likely criticize the current White House for what they consider the administration's assault on the liberty of Americans.
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney met quietly with a small group of conservative leaders in Washington on Thursday in an effort to reassure Republicans who remain skeptical about his candidacy, CNN has learned.
The Romney campaign arranged a "mix and mingle" session for the candidate to meet with conservatives Thursday afternoon at the Marriott Wardman Park, where the annual Conservative Political Action Conference is being held.
Washington (CNN) - Flash back four years ago.
Mitt Romney dropped his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The former Massachusetts governor, at the time one of the conservative alternatives to eventual GOP nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona, went on to win CPAC's much-watched presidential straw poll, the second of this three straight victories at the annual gathering of conservative leaders.
Washington (CNN) - Conservatives gathered Thursday for the first 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 will culminate with a much-watched straw poll Saturday. Check back here for updates from our reports and producers throughout the day and watch the remarks live here. Read more here.
9:28 p.m. ET - Ryan also weighed in on the current flap over required health insurance coverage for contraception. The Wisconsin representative said it was an example of the "government inventing a new right that trumps the constitutional right to freedom of faith."
9:22 p.m. ET - Ryan called for a president in the style of the late President Ronald Reagan.
"Boldness and clarity create the best opportunity for a winning coalition," he said.
9:17 p.m. ET - Ryan said trust in the government was at an all-time low because the size of government was at an all time high.
He added that the election could not just be a referendum on Obama, but rather a choice between two visions from America.
9:14 p.m. ET - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, speaking at an evening dinner event, said "We only have nine months to beat Barack Obama."
5:50 p.m. ET - Romney meets privately with conservative leaders at CPAC
5:44 p.m. ET - @KilloughCNN reports: Chelsea Haley, a junior at the University of Georgia, described Paul's fiery attacks against Obama as reasonable.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin will deliver the closing address at February's closely-watched Conservative Political Action Conference after declining invitations to the annual event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In a statement Thursday, an organizer of the event said Palin was a "hero" to American conservatives.