Who’s On The Conservative Mount Rushmore?

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

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. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

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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:

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William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Phyllis Schlafly

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David Keene

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Jesse Helms

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Barry Goldwater

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Ronald Reagan

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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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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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