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Best quotes from CPAC Day 1: Rubio, Paul, Norquist, RGIII, One Direction and rat heads

World War I and Harry Styles have nothing in common--except CPAC.
/ Source: Martin Bashir

World War I and Harry Styles have nothing in common--except CPAC.

Top story: Missed the exhilarating opening day for the Conservative Political Action Conference, otherwise known as CPAC? Here are some of the highlights:

  • Pollster Whit Ayres called Marco Rubio “the RGIII of American politics.” (White Ayres)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida: ‘States should have the right to define marriage” (Matt Lewis)
  • “20-something woman: ‘What the f–k is up with this music?’ One Direction was playing as Rubio exited.” (John McCormack)
  • CPAC attendee to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Tennessee: “Don’t drone me, bro!” (Robert Costa)
  • Paul calls GOP “stale and moss covered.” (Domenico Montanaro)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry laments what could have been if the GOP had “nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012″ (Emily Schultheis)
  • “Republicans who vote for tax increases are rat heads in a Coke bottle, says Grover Norquist, in the oddest line of the day so far at CPAC.” (Neil King)
  • “‘I’m going to re-think America’s involvement in the first World War” – Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, (Katrina Trinko)
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas: “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it.” (Juana Summers)