2016 GOP hopefuls flex muscles at CPAC

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Speaking to thousands of activists gathered for the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Scott Walker touts his handling of union protesters, while Chris Christie calls Jeb Bush the pick of “elites.”

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2016 GOP hopefuls flex muscles at CPAC

2016 GOP hopefuls flex muscles at CPAC

Speaking to thousands of activists gathered for the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Scott Walker touts his handling of union protesters, while Chris Christie calls Jeb Bush the pick of “elites.”

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Scott Walker talks back to protester at CPAC

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This man is leading a Bush walk out

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“1776 Man” is back at CPAC. And he’s leading a walkout during Jeb Bush’s speech.

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Meet the man leading the Jeb Bust walk out at CPAC

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Texas officials warn of immigrants with terrorist ties crossing border

Texas officials warn of immigrants with terrorist ties crossing border

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