February 10th, 2009
06:47 PM ET
5 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. allie

    Come on, let's be civil. I would love to see any of those who have written stand up and be counted for their beliefs. Maybe she does not want to be on the same podium as Limbaugh, Coulter and Hannity. If so, I will change my opinion of her from one who simply got overwhelmed by all the attention and dove into where she was not ready to swim, to one who is measuring her choices and carefully choosing her advocates. I hope that is true as she seems like a nice person who wants the best for her State and her Country.

    February 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Rhiannonrede

    The self promotion and self aggrandizement payoff must not be high enough for her to show up which is kind of funny cause it isn't keeping the Huckster at home.

    Little Rock, AR

    February 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. A.M.

    Not too smart, period!!!!!

    Has/will anyone investigate the real reason why her son joined the Armed Forces? Was it because a judge gave him the a choice between that and jail? And what about Bristol? I understand that she was kicked out of high school for being a troublemaker. Anyone know anything?

    February 10, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Will R

    Palin's not going because she doesn't have a chance of winning that beauty contest and she's tired of coming in second all the time.

    Even if she got some rich organization to pay for her make-up and wardrobe, she'd still lose. Those old guys who really run things at CPAC like Rush too much. With all that baby fat, Limbaugh is just soooo cute when he jiggles.

    February 10, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Bob in Baltimore

    A great sequal to Showtimes United States of Tara would be the United States of Sarah....Palin is the real deal when it comes to scitzoids!

    February 10, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Lush Limprick, the real RNC Chairman!

    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"

    Oh please, as if that has stopped her from jetting around the 48. She has not spent any time on her "day job" since she was tapped for VP.

    Besides, the twit needs to suck up to Lush and Newt, altho, fireworks could spark between her and Annie.

    Coulter/Palin 2012

    February 10, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. george, cali

    Who cares....the GOP really needs to start evaluating what their priorities are. The current economic crisis or the conservative base. Wake up, you lost your base isn't going anywhere. Start working with the Dems so America knows you care...idiots...

    February 10, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. TT NY

    She found out that she cannot bring her kids to the hotel in DC with taxpayers' money.... thats why she doesnt want to go :)

    February 10, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Humored In Texas

    Personal to Maggie and her comment on Palin's family values and high morals.

    Her pregnant, teenage, unmarried daughter learned those morals where?!?!

    Sarah belongs to a seccesionist group, which of course is very American and full of family values. too!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. A.M.

    Coulter and Limbaugh are a 10. Yes, Coulter is a 1 (as in stick thin), and Limbaugh is a 0 (as in fat and worthless).

    February 10, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Concerned & Proud American

    Let her stay up north...we don't want her down here in the lower 48... we are too civilized for her moose eating, wolf killing, barbaric life style... what century are you living in Sarah?? I mean come on, it's not like she can't afford to buy a piece of meat... get with it Sarah... oh, by the way while you're bringing yourself in touch with the 21st century with your shopping trips to Neiman Marcus on tax payers money...GET A NEW HAIR STYLE "Flo"...cause your "do" went out in the 70's with the "Alice" sitcom!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Fritz

    Attention Palin Supporters:
    Get ready for a lot of this kind of activity from Palin. She's going to be backing out of quite a few things now that she's proven her idiocy and become famous (read: a crowd-drawer for all the wrong reasons). We'd love to hear about her recently read newspapers, but, again, we all know too well how she'll answer this one........it's now sooooo played...............anyway, the only draw to watch her speak is to relive the old Bushism's that have become known now as Palinism's.........Grizzly Mama need some good ole fashioned ed-U-ma-K-shun! Even that comment made her sound like a hick- idiot (and I know hicks who don't even speak like that!).

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    @ WhoCares?, who said "Wow. The concentrated EVIL in that room might actually open a gate to Hell within that building."

    And the concetrated stupid will pave the way.

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Independent_me

    Smart move, Sarah...
    Stay away from Coulter and Limbaugh..
    stay far, far away..

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. mickey

    Maggie and the rest of you Palin lovers – - WOW – you should be afraid of showing so much ignorance aboutyour country, laws, issues, the future ...
    Why go back to the 1600's with Palins ideas?
    We just got rid of one incompetent President – he knew it and the world knew it- Now you want another?
    "W" is out and so is Painful Palin –
    Thank goodness!

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. TjayeInLA

    To all of you females who are afraid to admit Palin is a moron. PLEASE stop making women look bad. Thinking like yours is why men didn't want to give us the right to vote. Please stop giving them free "I told you so's".

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. boered1

    Rush probably told her to stay home, he did not want to get upstaged and , in his own words, he is the leader of the republican party. based on the actions of the republicans this is true. they all spout rush speak, they all ensure he approves of their message or they cahnge it, basically this pill popping liar controls the republican party they tell him to jump and they ask how high sir... well he must have told sarah to jump

    idiots

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. NOBAMA

    The way the Obamists and CNN have behaved have given a new breath to the patriots in this country that were once complacent. A new tide is rising that will sweep Obama and CNN into the trash bin of history for there treasonous behavior.

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Andrea St Louis

    Maggie--Learn to spell. Your spelling is horrible, and the fact that you are trying to defend this idiot is even more horrid!

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ Dan, who said "Brandon please don't comment on Alaska Politics because you clearly don't know what's going on in alaska. "

    Neither does Palin...so what 's the diff?

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. macie

    Sarah Palin is AWESOME! Only stupid people can't understand how intelligent she is. And she would never hate-talk like those of you who do. Whatever her decisions are, they are for good reason! What goes around, comes around, and you hate mongrels and bad-mouthers will pay the price some day...if not in this life, then the next to come. Wake up and wise up!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    2010 will be the year that alot of Republicans lose their seat's in both houses.if they don,t start caring about all the American people,not just the "Rich-ones".

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    This lady poops pure stupid.

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. PC, Memphis

    Just maybe she has some work to do for once...

    In say, Alaska - where she was elected...

    February 10, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Big deal one less Idiot at the meeting.

    February 10, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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