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CPAC 2011: Speeches, Video & More (LIVE UPDATES & VIDEO)

The 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference is kicking-off in Washington, DC on Thursday.

According to the CPAC website, confirmed speakers for this year's event include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), among other big conservative names.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was tapped to deliver the keynote address at the conference. Sarah Palin was offered the coveted speaking opportunity; however, declined to accept the invitation.

Check back here for updates on CPAC 2011 and the latest news to come out on the conservative conference.