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. chuck

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SARAH PALIN IS SHOWING HER TRUE COLOURS.SHE IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE AND THIS WAS DISPLAYED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL LASY YEAR SO NO ONE SHOULD BE DISAPPOINTED THAT SHE IS NOT ATTENDING THE CPAC.

    February 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Pam

    Why? Is she afraid reporters will ask her questions?

    February 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Terry, TX

    She has work to do....the legislative session and a volcano....a state to run.
    -Not like us unknown bloggers who have no life...and I include myself in that description.

    February 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. THE OLD TIMER

    Why not go to washington for this.

    February 10, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Boston Irish

    Any event that includes Gingrich, Limbaugh and (EWWWW) Coulter is not worth wasting your time on. These are three of the most horrible people I can think of that I would want to hear speak. Really PATHETIC

    February 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. JF

    HMMM.... Gingrich, Limbaugh, Palin & Coulter ..... has the makings of a major FREAK SHOW if ever I've seen one ....!

    February 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Gene

    Wow... when the repubs are officially declaring people like Rush as their icons.. you know the party is sinking fast.

    That's one party I wouldn't be caught dead in.

    February 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Mickie

    Did you see that the Attorney General of Alaska (appointed by Gov. Palin) has resigned?

    February 10, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. P. Y.

    Finally, finally, she is making a right decision. This is a first for her.
    Good idea to stay home Sarah. Your state REALLY needs you right now.

    February 10, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. trying to be reasonable in WV

    Awww, GEEEEEE!!!!! No Sarah????????? (I think I'll go pout!). And to think that if she would leave Alaska for the CPAC shindig, she could have simultaneously raised the average IQ of both the state of Alaska AND the CPAC meeting. Bummer, dude!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. mk

    So?

    February 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Adrian Veidt

    Sarah Palin is the new Paris Hilton.

    Untalented, unintelligent, and somehow incapable of leaving the spotlight, even this long after wearing out her welcome.

    February 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Patrick Peavy Dallas,TX

    She better be the nominee in 2012, 2016, and beyond until she gets it.

    February 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    Doesnt Sarah have enough money in PAC account to go. Come on alasks people donate to her fund, cause she needs to get together with her buddy Rush.

    February 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Jane (Minnesota)

    And I'm supposed to care, why???? The Gov must be tryin' to distance herself from the far right –you betcha.

    February 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    The only one who matters is Ron Paul–the rest are the same neo-con dweebs who ruined the Republican Party.

    Ron Paul appears to be the only guy in either party who truly understands the economy. Unless the Reps start paying attention to him, they're going to wind up on "the trash bin of history," as someone once called it.

    February 10, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Spencer/Hampton Roads, VA

    She doesn't need anymore press tha she's already getting. By the way, Rush has proven that he's the head of the Republican Party and Steele or Palin hold no power.

    February 10, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Soccer Nana

    "also scheduled to include conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter" LOL, icons?

    "Ann Coulter is under investigation by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission for allegedly voting in that state while registered to vote in New York City"

    "Coulter was investigated and cleared of wrongdoing in 2006 for allegedly violating Florida's voter registration laws by voting in the wrong precinct. Florida Election Commission dropped the case after deciding that the two-year statute of limitations had run out."
    LOL, some icon.

    Newt Gingrich, has been married how many times?

    Rush the-Oxy-Limbaugh, hummm an icon huh?

    "The Alaska governor had been expected to serve as the headline attraction at the three day event"

    "Thousands of villagers in rural Alaska are struggling to survive, forced to choose between keeping their families warm and keeping their stomachs full, residents say." LOL some headliner. She needs to stay home and take care of all of state's citizens; believe it or not Ms. Palin, those villagers are REAL Americans too.

    February 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. raagos

    THATS GREAT NEWS SHE SHOULD HELP HER STATE NEED ALOT HELP OIL IS DOWN THERE'S NO ALOT INCOME .ALSO SHE HAS FAMILY WHO NEED HER MORE THEN GOP

    GOOD LUCK PALIN

    February 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Linda

    Who really cares!

    February 10, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    It's about time she stay in Alaska.

    February 10, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Independent Voter

    sarah palin is finally using good judgement by staying away from all the republican idiots that do nothing but stir up hate and divisivness...she knows she would not stand a chance in 2012 primaries if she does not change her way of doing things.

    God Bless President Obama, VP Biden and the First Families

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Kingsley

    Halelujah!! The less we hear of and from her, the better.

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I guess she finally got it that she can't leave "The First Dude" in charge anymore after Troopergate or did he finally get a paying job and stop living off the State of Alaska.

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. FAYE, NV

    No that I know cares if Sara attended anything.

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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