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03-16-2013, 01:25 PM
Lots of love for Rand Paul at CPAC

By EMILY SCHULTHEIS | 3/16/13 10:37 AM EDT


Republicans on stage have spent much of the Conservative Political Action Conference talking about how to avoid repeating the mistakes of 2012.

But among the thousands of activists here for the three-day confab, last year’s losses seem to be far in the past. And the advent of young pols like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — make that especially Rand Paul — has energized conservatives here about the future of the movement.

Like in past years, the CPAC congregation tilts young and libertarian; college Republicans are well represented. Before, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul was a crowd favorite. Now that affection is being showered on his son and prospective 2016 contender, Rand.

For many of the attendees, the turning point in enthusiasm came Thursday afternoon when Paul, and to a lesser extent Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, made back-to-back speeches.

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