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. Evan

    "icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter. "

    ???

    These aren't icons! These are boils that fester and spread, a pox that plagues humanity.

    February 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. scout

    Perhaps she will work out a plan to feed her starving constituents in the northern part of her state ... they can't eat oil ...

    February 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Of course she did. She's too dumb to do anything actually intelligent.

    February 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Spend the Pork At Home, Not in Irak

    I would love to see Rush Limbaugh compete as the Republiklan candidate in 2012!

    ...And Ann Coulter as the veepee pick!

    they will surely be an interesting couple – the show of hate, bigotry and just the sheer cluelessness of this pair will be great!!!!

    that would be hillarious! – I can't wait!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. lopez in Gregory, TX

    Hope she's not off shooting from some helicopter. Her aim is off on everything else but shooting animals and pleasing conservatives no matter their intelligence. Heck, she probably thinks they're geniuses. She's the only one that thinks that–shows how smart she is. Fool!

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

    How was Palin trashed by Couric? Katie threw softballs to her and Palin struck out!

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. dansirishwife

    Hopefully the Republicans will let evil-spewing idiots like Coulter and Limbaugh to continue to represent their party. The Democrats will not have to fight too hard in 2012.
    Even better, let them put Palin on the ticket. It will be the biggest landslide in American politics for Obama!

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Hope for the future

    Maybe she didn't get enough donations on SarahPac to pay for the trip. :)

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. bethi in alaska

    Really who cares– and YES, "Peggy"- she sure touts herself as a Christian–and while even that may be debatable – one thing is for SURE- an intellectual SHE IS NOT.
    As for the Christian ethics- wonder where those went when the people here in Emmonak were starving and freezing.
    She is worthless a s a governor and actually doesnt make a very nice person either.

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Stephanie in California

    I hate Palin as much as the next hippie liberal but seriously? Even I'm sick of bashing Palin. It was fun when some people still held an oz of respect for her but now? It's a moot point.

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. John in DC

    The city's average IQ will drop 50 points, with that bunch in town!

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I'm sick of CNN reporting on every gaseous escape from this pathetic moron.... NO MORE PALIN

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. abracadabra

    Oh boy! CPAC (Coven of Practicing anti-Christs) is having another ice cream social.

    February 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. 52 yr. old white Houston oil man

    Maybe she's competing against Cindy for Miss Buffalo Chip that weekend.

    February 10, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Albi

    You Betcha!!

    February 10, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. sam

    Could it be sarah palin has seen the light of her losing party, However my guess she got a peek at that guest list and said hell NO!.
    And who can balme her.

    February 10, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. cheryl

    If Sara is such a icon of Christianity, why is she allowing two un-wed teenagers to live together in her house?

    February 10, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. No Incumbents 2010

    "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong...somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises...I saw after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started...And an enormous debt to boot!" – Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
    FDR's Treasury Secretary

    February 10, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Gail White

    I repeat my email message of Jan. 31: Go back to Wasilla and take care of your business, Palin! This is not a beauty pageant, Honey!
    2/10/09: You are barely qualified to be governor and will NEVER be qualifed for a national office. Learn to read and comprehend, speak coherently, and give serious thought to your role as mother. Your egocentricity is showing (get a dictionary) – very tacky!

    February 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. karen

    Maybe she started reading and decided there were better things
    she could try. Like shooting small, helpless animals.

    February 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. she is hot, but will she be in 2012?

    you said: "I can't believe there aren't millions of Christians coming to her aid when she is trashed my the likes of Katie Couric andher cronies."

    Believe it sister, this Palin is dumb as a rock and myself and fellow Christians aren't about to support a sinking rock. Katie did not trash her, she was already trash

    "Other than not being used to the bullying and ambushing of our so called media, just exactly what has she done that is so terrible?"

    you mean you haven't been paying attention to her actions and hate speech – "paling around with terrorists" etc., this woman has no clue

    "She is a very intelligent and caring woman."

    what planet are you from, caring for what? shooting animals from a helicopter?

    "She calls a spade a spade."

    who is she calling a spade, that is racist

    "If we want to save our country my fellow Christians, we had better become more vocal about God and quit hiding in churches while our country continues on it's way to hell. "

    the last eight years that brought down the world economy were directect by your fellow christians, torture, spying on Americans, calling anyone that didn't agree with you un-patriotic

    I hope we are nicer to you than you were to us

    the last 8 years were a nightmare

    February 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. shoegazer

    with that group of meglomaniacs,nothing would be achieved for the mere fact that none of them would shut up long enough to hear the others.....

    February 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Tim

    I'm more concerned about the case of losers in attendance than the one who will not attend. I wonder if Davis Duke got and invite???

    February 10, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Angela The Great Northwest

    Well well... she actually does have a piece of a brain in her head.... look at that line up,Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter. She actually figured out that this was a air head meeting and bowed out...

    February 10, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. person

    this is the first normal sane thing that Palin has done. I guess a conservative meeting is the same as a bunch of racists meeting.

    February 10, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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