WATCH LIVE: Republicans take the stage at CPAC 2013

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The American Conservative Union’s annual meeting runs through Saturday. In the past, the event has provided a springboard for many GOP presidential hopefuls.

CPAC's featured speakers include 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Govs. Sarah Palin (Alaska) and Jeb Bush (Fla.), Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

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