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Who's On The Conservative Mount Rushmore?

At CPAC, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms and a few others make the list.

Posted on March 16, 2013, at 11:56 a.m. ET

Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands onstage for remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013.
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Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands onstage for remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Behind every speaker on the CPAC main stage is a massive backdrop celebrating the 40th anniversary of the conservative confab. Sprinkled along the banner are images of the historical icons of the conservative movement, giving it a monumental feel.

Here's who made the cut for CPAC's Mt. Rushmore, from left to right:

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Phyllis Schlafly

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David Keene

Jesse Helms

Barry Goldwater

Ronald Reagan

As Dave Weigel notes, the CPAC banner also features a Ron Paul supporter as well as "clip art of a smiling black guy talking to an Asian woman."

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