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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) -

(03/07/14) - The biggest conservative political heavyweights are spending time with their biggest fans this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, MD., giving big-name Republicans a platform to spread their conservative message and gain support just in time for the 2014 midterm elections.

The most conservative Republicans are pulling out all the stops, schmoozing with their devoted party faithful and rallying to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives this November.

That means in Michigan, Republicans are pulling for Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), who might be facing a Republican challenger but is a favorite with the party faithful.

Another Republican hoping to keep her seat - Candice Miller.

"Yes, I'm totally ready," said Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI).

Miller said she is campaigning, ready to take on challengers, and proud.

"I always intend to run on my record and I spend a lot of time out in my district," she said.

As Republicans exert their power at the CPAC meeting, the president is pushing his electoral position through his new budget priorities.

And candidates like Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee (MI), says he is prepared.

"I don't like to spend all of my time thinking about re-election," Kildee said. "Good politics is made of good policy. If I'm doing a good job, the voters will return to me."

These meetings are as overt as they come, but most of the politicking happens behind the scenes.

Inside the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the communications director slams some of the Republicans running for House seats, saying that the Democratic party is the people's party.

"2014 is going to be a big year," said Emily Bittner. "I think at the end of the day, the question that Americans are going to ask themselves is who is on my side, who has my back. I think that's going to be the Democrat."

And the national press secretary at the National Republican Campaign Committee says the Grand Old Party will be focusing on one big issue.

"We believe this election is really about Obamacare," said Daniel Scarpinato. "Pretty much every Dem (sic) in the country who is running for re-election who supports Obamacare or even voted for Obamacare, we are going to be highlighting that. It's going to be a big part of the 2014 campaign."

Since midterms are smaller than presidential races, the strategy is all about reaching a party's core voters.

That is exactly what Republicans are doing at the CPAC meeting, and what voters can expect to see happening on the ground leading up to Michigan's August primary.

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