ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Sarah Palin had been scheduled to receive an award from the Republican National Coalition for Life on Tuesday to celebrate her opposition to abortion rights, but pulled out of the event last night, presumably to work on her vice presidential nomination speech.
Though many of the Republicans sipping wine and beer at the "Life of the Party" event knew that Palin's plans had changed, others were surprised and disappointed by the news.
Robert and Cam Carlson of Fairbanks, Alaska, each sporting red "Palin '06" buttons from her gubernatorial race, understood Palin's last-minute cancellation.
"She's got a higher calling now," Robert said, referring to her much anticipated appearance at the convention on Wednesday night. The couple called to mind how they had shuttled Palin around Fairbanks in their car during the 2006 race, and gushed about her authenticity and down-to-earth demeanor.
Another anti-abortion advocate, Morton Blackwell of Arlington, Virginia, was asked if he was upset Palin couldn't make it.
"Yeah, but clearly she is working on the speech, its extremely important," he said. "I understand it. I'm not happy about it. They should have walked her in and out and let her wave and leave without talking."
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafley, founder of the Republican National Coalition for Life, told the audience she was "very disappointed" Palin had to cancel. But she nevertheless commended the new running mate for energizing the party's grassroots.
"It is so exciting the way Sarah Palin has invigorated the Republican Party," Schlafley said. "All those people who were holding back and not sure, they're all excited to go to work and elect the McCain-Palin ticket this year."
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham filled in for Palin.
Per Washington Post:
Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.
"This election is not about issues," said Davis.
Hey CNN, where's your report on this? This explains a TON!
yeeeeeeeeeeee against abortion rights...
I never thought about it... but how about if someone gets raped... should she raise this child?
Sarah Palin has invigorated the Republican Party.....With Scandal!
Who is this Chick? I still don't know!
She's working at hoping another shoe doesn't drop...and at avoiding and hard hitting questions.
WOW, Getting snubbed by Palin. Palin is running the Karl Rove handbook, run and hide.
I think Mickey Mouse could have envigorated the Republican base. Right now she can say she was formally a stripper and was saved and they would defend that. They just would not have done the same if it were the other way around. Hopefully, one day the hypocrisy will end.
Sorry, she won't win, she is no Hillary
A higher calling than saving unborn babies? Country First and not God First? Do you really think these guys are true Christians?
Laura Ingraham? The female Rush L. What a joke.
I don't mean to be superficial, but Palin is just too cute to be VP (not to mention McCain's soulmate as he stated). Now that she has her hair down, did you notice Cindy McCain also got herself all cut and styled. I hope Palin stays in and accepts the nomination. Then we can pretty much secure Obama and Biden as Pres and VP! I guess I am being superficial...oh well. Kudos to me!
So She Is Spending Two Whole Days On Her Speech. . . . Should Be Interesting!
Palin has turned out to be a nightmare for the Bush, I mean McCain party
Is she still trying to memorize everything that Obama and Biden learned in school?
Journalism major? Get real !!!!!!! May as well put a used-car salesman in there. Journalists just spin these days
What a joke and embarrasment for the Republican party. Way to blow it, McCain.
I'm sure Sarah Palin is a nice woman, but she probably would have been better left as Governor of Alaska.
Oh well, time for Obama and Biden to roll on to the White House!
Has anyone seen the church video of Palin. She claims that the Iraq war was mandated by God.
The McCain campaign needs every minute of her time they can find after all , they have to brief her on Foreign affairs the war in Iraq Georia Russia conflict etc. etc so if someone asks her a question her ignoance on this matter won't be obvious.
Hopefully they won't be sexist and they will only ask her questions about important issues. like sex education oil in Alaska bridges to nowhere.
Nothing to hard like national security .
This is a quote from Bill O'reilly "[Palin's selection] is a pure demographic play, I believe... It seems to me the McCain campaign learned two things in their research. Number one, that putting Romney on the ticket was two rich white guys and not going to help them with women voters. And number two, they need women voters to get elected. So that's what Governor Palin's selection is all about."
It's pretty interesting how the only time I've heard Sarah Palin speak since her nomination was her underwhelming speech which she has been repeating three or four times since. Where's the interviews?! Sarah Palin, so far, is underwhelming.
I'm really happy for Sarah and her daughter, welcoming a new bundle of joy into the world.
I hope the Palins are also thankful that US law gives them the right to choose whether or not her daughter should have the baby.
After all, if this matter is a private matter for just the family to handle, as the Palins and McCains have espoused with great vigor, the government shouldn't be butting in and taking away our right to choice.
Why is this election suddenly about abortion???
And John McCain pulled out of appearing on Larry King Live because he was mad about the segment on CNN last night after Campbell Brown's interview with McCain's spokesman Tucker Bounds where he was asked to mention one (1) decision Sarah Palin had made about national security while in office and he couldn't come up with anything and just kept going in circles.
Good Campaign I say
Could be the first smart move on Palin's part.
Anybody who can upset Phyllis Schafley like that is okay in my book. I'm all for Sarah Palin. Not for Vice President of the United States - dear God no, what are you thinking? But as a quirky, off-beat public figure whose political power is safely restricted to a tiny (pop-wise) state hundreds of miles away from me. Perhaps if I had friends in Alaska, I might feel differently.