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. Ashamed?

    Oh please go rub shoulders with the right wing nutjob elite crowd.

    Let's get that picture of Sarah and Ann Coulter together ... or one with Rush goosing Sarah.

    That would be priceless in the years to come.

    February 10, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. bear

    Can you say volcano?

    February 10, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Anon

    Palin is the new Anne Coulter. Putting them both in a room together would obviously cause Ragnarok.

    February 10, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Sujith, NE

    Who cares?

    February 10, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. bob

    I agree with the other postings. For goodness sake enough already with the Palin news. We have all moved on time and we need to tackle serious issues. Why cant YOU drop it CNN

    February 10, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. shamous mc

    It's hellicopter-wolf hunting season and she can't miss that for all of the gosh darn marbles in a pot of ketchican stew.

    February 10, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. 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 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Nan

    And this is news because?

    February 10, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Maggie from Virginia

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the resignation of Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg. You know, the one who tried to stop the troopergate investigation by telling state employees they didn't have to honor court issued subpoenas. Hmmm...

    February 10, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Starlaing

    God I wish she would just go away........

    February 10, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. eddy

    At least you worthless reporters can change the picture or is it the only one you kept.Doesn't really matter it is another worthless article to fill in space.

    February 10, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Spend the Pork At Home, Not in Irak

    another klan rally!

    February 10, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Joe

    I JUST WANTED TO YELL ABOUT SOMETHING!!!!!

    I agree that this is really a non issue but seriously, turn off your CAPS before typing.

    February 10, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Phil

    She doen't have to go. She is the GOP leader. Just ask Rush. It's a done deal. She runs in 2012 with their full support. She calls the shots and goes where she pleases. The flock (as always) will follow.

    February 10, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Susan Jones

    Who cares? She's busy selling out parts of beautiful and pristine Alaska one State Park or Preserve at a time. Alaska needs a governor and senators who actually care about the ecology of "our" state. It will be too late when all the oil and gas rigs plus the extinction of wildlife we have in no other state are keeping tourists away rather than bringing them in.

    February 10, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Katherine Austin, Texas

    Can she invite Ann Coulter to join her up ther in Alask'cha?

    February 10, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Frost

    nothing to wear?

    February 10, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. E

    GO AWAY! Your own people are starving, can't afford heat and food, do your job!

    February 10, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Snake eyes

    No credible conservative politician should be anywhere that invites Ann Coulter. her writing is nothing but hate speech.

    February 10, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. gg

    sounds more like a klan meeting

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Justin from New Haven, CT

    CPAC= "christians" pretending at caring

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. TT

    CNN please we dont want to know about Palin......

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Wendy

    Ugh...aren't her 15 minutes over yet? She belongs in yesterday's news pile.

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. AEK

    Baaaaa, obstruct the Congress; baaaaa more tax cuts: baaaaa cut spending; baaaaa Rush Lamebrain; baaaaa Sarah Palin...

    Fortunately for our country, we found a new shepherd.

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Robin, Tampa FL

    She used this excuse about 2 weeks ago to skip-out of another GOP conference so she could instead goto an elite Washington dinner. I wonder what she is up to this time?

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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