February 10th, 2009
06:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin won't be making CPAC appearance

Palin will not be attending this year’s CPAC, confirm organizers.
Palin will not be attending this year’s CPAC, confirm organizers.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin will not be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington later this month, her office confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

The Alaska governor had been expected to serve as the headline attraction at the three day event, which is also scheduled to include conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter. The presidential straw poll conducted at the annual Washington gathering is widely viewed as a reliable bellwether of conservative support. Several of the GOP’s past - and potentially future - presidential hopefuls are also slated to address the gathering, including Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Palin spokesman Bill McAllister did not give a reason for the governor's decision, but did agree with one organizer's explanation that it would be difficult for the governor to visit in the middle of the state’s legislative session.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who recently launched SarahPAC to assist conservative candidates and cultivate a national network of supporters, visited Washington late last month to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner and several private events.


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soundoff (491 Responses)
  1. Brandon from Ohio

    She probably has another scandal going on that she's trying to cover up.

    February 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. July

    conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter ..................... icons? Really?

    February 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. arithmetic is liberal

    Maybe she scheduled a more important event over top of it like she did to the Congressional Republicans last week...

    Wow. Rush, Newt, Ann the Stick, Huckabee, Romney...
    Can't wait to see the radiant light and hopeful positivity that will shine out of this event!!

    February 10, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. WhoCares?

    "which is also scheduled to include conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter."

    Wow. The concentrated EVIL in that room might actually open a gate to Hell within that building.

    February 10, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. gl, Pittsburgh

    Of cource not. She is to busy following President Obama around. She having second thoughts about her party of no!

    February 10, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Yveline

    WHO CARES?

    February 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    So it will be a gathering for only white folks?
    I wonder if Steele knows about this. . .

    February 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. jmv

    WHO CARES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Nonconformist

    I love Sarah Plain.

    February 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Lovely

    She had time to go to D.C for a party.. and not for the CPAC. It seems that she is begginning to distance her self. Possibly start up her own wing of the Republican Party. I would not blame her. If she want to run in 2012 ( and I hope she does) she will need to be a moderate.
    I only hope she runs so the Dems won't have to use as many resources for reelection!!!

    Go OBAMA-We believe in you!

    February 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Smart move Sarah Palin staying low key for the moment is your only hope to compete in 2012.

    And I really hope you win the Repub nomination because that is an easy win for Barack.

    February 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. LK in NJ

    Thank you for listening to the public!

    February 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. ellington7

    This is just another political move by the Gop to keep their presidential hopefull from being over exposed, as well as to not place her with right wing radicals that would make her look bad. They know people don't approve of the Gop, so to place her with them would smudge her up as well. Personally I love that the Gop is looking to prop up sarah "nobrain" palin because she can't, and won't win anything in 2012.

    February 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Had It

    Awwww

    February 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. RLE

    who cares

    February 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Hazel

    Gosh darn it! In what regard, Charlie? You betcha. Also.

    February 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Kim

    Stay in Alaska where you belong.

    February 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Mike

    Sarah,the democratic party needs you.

    February 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Purple Alaska

    Good! Maybe, just maybe she'll be focusing on some of that "governey" kinda stuff... Ya think? Nahhhhhh.

    February 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Dylan from MN

    Sounds boring.

    February 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Taa Taa

    Thank God.. Leave her in Alaska...

    February 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. obama-mama

    That's interesting. Sarah never turn down an opportunity for photos and continual chatter.

    February 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Realistic View

    I was wondering how long the Ticker could survive without a Palin article. Glad to know this one is chocked full of information about her doing... nothing?

    February 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Razorback

    Guess things were too quiet on the blogs.
    Anti-Palin comments in 3...2...1....

    February 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. NIKI

    IS SHE THE ONLY ONE NOT ATTENDING
    CNN YOU STIR UP HATE
    WHY SHOULD WE CARE

    February 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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