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. Melba

    Sarah, don't you have diapers to change?

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    Who cares?

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. TyWebb

    Bummer!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Boston Irish

    Hey Brandon, she's going to have to go a LONG way to beat the scandals the Democrats are trying to hide and NOT succeeding. I don't see her getting impeached, arrested or charged with anything. Do you??

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Chelle

    so what!

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Sue

    Aw, what's the matter...SarahPAC hasn't raised enough money for another jaunt to Washington yet? I thought Republicans were not feeling this recession and didn't need any stimulus package?

    And Alaska's legislature is only part time...just like their Gov. Bet she was looking forward to eating dinner with Rush and Ann...and they'll be so disappointed.

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Christy

    I'm sure Mike, Mitt and Ron are ok with it.

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Just Saying

    Not saying that Palin has any sense whatsoever, but if she did she would stay as far away from Limbaugh and Coulter as possible.

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. SKI

    Amazing !!!
    It is almost an hour this article is published and only one comment ?

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. KW, Vail AZ

    Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter? All losers.

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. EC, MD

    THANK GOD, there is a God after all. This woman needs to stay in Alaska and do her JOB!!! Palin was campaigning for almost a year and a half, AND she was doing interviews. PLEASE NO more interviews, NO MORE appearances, and NO MORE "grand standing". Are we sick of it? You Betcha!

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Loser

    More great reporting from CNN. A perfect followup to the Dolly Parton "News".

    CNN blows

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. elleestmal

    Can we please stop reporting on Palin. CNN I know you would like to keep the scandal going, but it's over. We don't care whether she runs or no-we just want for you an other media outlets to stop cramming her down our throats.

    February 10, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Mike in Houston

    Understandable, given the current economic disaster Obama is throwing out, she needs to work with her State to protect its citizens.

    February 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Not again CNN!

    February 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. JSU-TIGER99

    Please tell me how is this new and who cares if she will be there or not there are other things that CNN need to be reporting on instead of who will be at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Alot of people who want things to go thier way or noway at all.. Give me a BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Had It

    Maybe she's back in school to learn to speak-n-spell.

    February 10, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. S.M.R.

    I hope they leave their white hooded capes and torches at home where they belong.

    February 10, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Robin

    CNN needs its daily fill of liberal hate.

    February 10, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. G.O.P.: When you got nothing, You got nothing to lose

    Who speaks for the party:
    Palin? Rush?

    February 10, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Sharon Kitchen

    what.......................................no sarah???????????????????????
    what will they do???????????????????????????????????????

    February 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. baby seals

    Looks like a real Mensa meeting here folks,and the grand messiah,Rush Limbaugh handing out talking points to his sheep.

    February 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Ed Word

    Her 15 minutes was up long ago.

    February 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. BILL NM

    Is she pregnant again?

    February 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. portland

    one can only hope she becomes our next president

    February 10, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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