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A roundup of the day at CPAC Florida

9:15 a.m.: Michele Bachmann gets CPAC Florida started with a roaring call to make President Barack Obama a "one-term president," firing up a huge crowd at the Orange County Convention Center. "We need a nominee that's not ashamed of the tea party," she says.

9:40 a.m.: Addressing a line Rick Perry used at the debate, Mitt Romney says, "If you're opposed to illegal immigration it doesn't mean you don't have a heart. It means you have a heart and a brain."

9:56 a.m.: Newt Gingrich pledges his first act as president would be an executive order abolishing White House czars.

10:20 a.m.: Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association: "Gun owners will be the difference in 2012." Says "the lying, conniving Obama crowd can kiss our Constitution."

2:05 p.m.: Herman Cain's closer: "Help me to put the united back in the United States of America."

1:07 p.m.: Rick Perry hammers Obama. "The great promise of hope and change," Perry says. "He has delivered neither. What he has delivered Americans don't want."

1:25 p.m.: Gary Johnson gets big applause for promise to push a national sales tax as president. Says he was "the most Googled name on the planet" after his debate line that his neighbor's dogs have created more "shovel-ready projects" than Obama.

1:35 p.m.: Rick Santorum takes stage to Rocky theme. "I fight and I win," he says. "I've done it. No one on the panel last night has done what I've done."

2 p.m.: Ron Paul lectures on government regulation (they even tell us we can't drink raw milk!), the failed monetary system and the national debt. Paul is a crowd favorite and gets a standing ovation.

2:20 p.m.: Jon Huntsman takes the stage speaking Chinese. "Just kidding," says the former ambassador to China. Huntsman says fewer taxes and regulations will help create jobs: "Rather than tinker around the edges, let's clean house."

Eating her own

Conservative author Ann Coulter loves to trash liberals. But to start her CPAC speech she roasted some of the Republican candidates.

• "I think Ron Paul had the strongest position on illegal immigration. He not only wants to build a fence on the border. He wants to build a fence around his lawn to keep those damn kids off."

• "In response to Obama's Buffett rule to tax the rich, Newt Gingrich countered with the buffet rule. Just for that, his third chin got 3 percent of the Florida straw poll."

But then she turned her snarky venom to Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee. The mere mention drew loud boos. Coulter said her voice sounds "like a hyena getting an abortion."

Rubio a no-show

Sen. Marco Rubio canceled his scheduled speech at CPAC on Friday because of the funding debate in Washington.

A roundup of the day at CPAC Florida 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:47pm]
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