Inside CPAC and the Rising Stars of the Republican Party

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the place where future candidates are tested every year.
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take you inside a kind of power lunch, where potential candidates and presidents are tested. It's the conservative political action conference, CPAC. And every speech, every jab at the democrats, can create a star. So, who came out swinging today? ABC's Jeff Zeleny tells us. Reporter: It's spring training for republicans. Thank you for being here. Reporter: Senator Ted Cruz, mobbed by activists, taking aim at his own party. You want to stand for nothing, and lose in elections. We got walloped. Reporter: And governor Chris Christie, besieged by scandal, attacked president Obama's leadership. What are we paying you for? republicans at the political action conference. All trying out for a figure role. Paul Ryan, the last gop vice presidential candidate, offering a subtle welcome to the new stars. Sometimes it's hard to tell who is here to start a career and who is here to serve a cause. Reporter: Republicans have their eye on the next presidential race. But their first test comes even sooner, as they try to win control of the senate this November. On stage, the lasting image of the day came from senate republican leader Mitch Mcconnell. Brandishing a gun, as he presented an award from the national rifle association, to retiring senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. A symbol of strength for a republican resurgence. Jeff Zeleny, ABC news, the capitol.

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