Toomey: "The really smart guys, they knew I couldn't win." 

Conservatives began the annual CPAC conference in Washington, D.C. this morning, with Rep. Michelle Bachmann's early and boisterous pep talk leading off. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., spoke later in the morning to highlight the fact that he won his seat last year by running a serious campaign, and that this had not required any ideological compromise.

Toomey, who has proposed a possible alternative to raising the federal debt ceiling, added that the most irresponsible thing the Congress can do about the debt ceiling is to raise it without winning major concessions from President Obama on spending cuts.

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