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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