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For political action conference for -- has -- It's the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the country in more than a dozen presidential hopefuls have turned out here this week.
To do a little message testing as well as mingle with the grassroots faithful the radio hosts and bloggers.
This conference was started in 1973.
But American Conservative Union.
In recent years the likes of president George W.
Bush Vice President Dick Cheney addressed -- -- but perhaps no politician has had a bigger impact -- putting those comments on the map.
The Ronald Reagan he spoke to them more than ten times so how important is this conference well we caught up with its chairman.
David -- who first took the job in 1984.
But is stepping down this year after 27 years on the job she back.
Over the years -- grown steadily and has become sort of an iconic political event.
Not just for -- -- not just for the movement but for the whole society.
And it it gives it gives people.
On the outside a sense of what the conservative movement and coalition is all about -- young people and half the people here will be college students a chance to come.
And and get a sense of just what this movement is all about.
I just love the fact that it's just.
-- of young people from all over the country that's that's the thing that really is attractive because -- the energy enthusiasm.
Behind any campaign if you look at a campaign it's populated with.
Young energetic idealistic folks who are who really.
You know provide that that energy and enthusiasm for any campaign -- You know if you want an effort -- and if you want to launch a conservative effort.
You wanna get these folks energized he needs -- thinking about getting in a presidential race is a candidate he got to come here.
I think that's important to come here two if you're if you're thinking about it.
You wanna you wanna get a sense as to how the folks who are that engine for the campaign are gonna react to your message and the messenger and so.
It's a good place if -- test in the waters to take a little swim and see how see out feels.
-- the central annual meeting of conservative -- across America and over 121000 mr.
And it's a place for ideas displays for energy enthusiasm.
This place for networking and the result is.
You see the whole movement develop more energy and and move the new language new ideas.
Every single year and I think if you look at the totality -- -- pregnant women to be -- before.
It's clearly had a significant impact on American conservatism.
And therefore an American government politics.
This bloggers row where more than a hundred bloggers are set up on a balcony overlooking.
The -- ballroom where all of the speakers are counting the bloggers are taken every word down particularly of that 2012 presidential hopefuls.
Many of him connection in appearance in person -- bloggers wrote to ingratiate themselves to have to catch some buzz in the well.
And you never know who's gonna show up at sea tac freshman congresswoman Christine M should deputy -- what's the message -- results -- -- trying to deliver.
We are cutting spending.
We are going to.
Cut the growth in government we're going to have a smaller more limited are those -- goals.
We came here as normal everyday people running businesses and think that perspective has been sorely needed here in DC.
This is the straw poll where attendees will vote on his they want is -- -- -- twelve Republican nomination for president.
They're fourteen official names on the ballot a blank -- right and in undecided.
Doesn't in 2009.
Mitt Romney won this poll last year Ron Paul won.
Any closer to making a decision to jump -- -- before the in the month to look at the straw poll welcome I'm not worried about the straw upon word about.
Just because many folks as I can say that they serve.
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