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Allen West at CPAC says conservatives ready to see in 'a new dawn of America'



allwen.jpgRep. Allen West closed down the 2011 CPAC with a withering attack on President Obama’s policies and pledging conservatives were preparing "a new dawn of America.”

The South Florida Republican blasted the health care law, said the U.S. has to strengthen its foreign policy and get out of the way of the private sector, accused China of using capitalism “as a weapon against us,” and warned about allowing multiculturalism to "grow on steroids" and overshadow "definitive American culture."

West, who defeated Democratic incumbent Ron Klein, sneered at those who have tagged him one of the most vulnerable new members of Congress. "Standing here before each and everyone one of you, I don't feel so vulnerable” he said to applause.

He asked, "Do you believe that America can survive as a bureaucratic nanny state?" No, the crowd shouted. "The framers of our Constitution, they had one true intent, was to put a restraining order on big government."

Photo: AP

[Last modified: Sunday, February 13, 2011 10:52am]


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