Senate candidate Chuck DeVore addresses CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference

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Chuck DeVore, a California state assemblyman makes remarks during a press conference sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform marking its annual Cost of Government Day, 'the date of the calendar year when the average American finishes paying off his or her share of federal, state and local taxes, and regulatory burden on August 12, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

It’s California day at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference that’s meeting in Washington this weekend.

His introduction got the crowd excited: "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the podium a Republican, a conservative candidate for the United States Senate against Barbara Boxer, the honorable Chuck Devore!"

He’s behind in opinion polls, but the Conservative Political Action Conference audience treated state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore like a rock star. He described California as the laboratory of every horrific government experiment in America. What starts in California, DeVore added, spreads to the rest of the nation.

"Sometimes we have good things that we give the nation like Proposition 13 and Ronald Reagan," he said. "Sometimes we give the nation Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer." The crowd booed at the names of the Democrats.

With DeVore on stage was GOP gubernatorial candidate and state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner, who promised a new coalition of conservatives to take back what he called “the most liberal state in the country.”

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