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Palin delights CPAC with zingers

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 16: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, holds up a large soda as she speaks about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed large soda ban, at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union held its annual conference in the suburb of Washington, DC to rally conservatives and generate ideas. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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By The Washington Post
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a blistering attack on President Obama on Saturday, using a string of one-liners to rile up a raucous crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington.

“Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama: You lie!” she said.

Palin's jabs were met with standing ovations. The response made clear that she maintains huge political capital with the conservative base.

She took aim at the president for his and the first lady's many appearances on television.

“Remember no-drama Obama? If only. Now it's all-drama Obama,” Palin said. “We don't have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television. Except it's really bad TV, and America tuned out a long time ago.”

Turning to guns, Palin criticized the background-checks bill that passed through a Senate committee last week and Obama's push for gun control.

“More background checks?” Palin said. “Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours.”

Obama was the biggest target of Palin's speech, though, and she got her biggest applause lines when she took on the incumbent president, often addressing him directly.

“You won. We get it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job,” she said.

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