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. Kevin

    Sounds like a gathering of the terminally insane.

    Keynote address: How to screw up the world... the next chapter.

    February 10, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    Oh well, so they will be minus one nut job...sounds to me like there will be enough nut jobs at this gathering. This will be like a gathering of the political party that once ruled Germany and was thankfully defeated.

    February 10, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Dave in Houston

    Please, Sarah, reconsider!

    You must take every opportunity to spout your wisdom at every possible venue. Why aren't you on "Dancing With The Stars?"

    I love you, Sarah! You're beautiful, you're sexy, you're bright (enough to ascend to the top of Alaska politics) and you will guarantee a long era of Democratic rule.

    I'm a total Obama man, but I love Sarah because she shows the world how brilliant and wise he is.

    February 10, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Karen - Missouri

    Good grief! That's the first smart decision Palin has made to date! Limbaugh and Coulter certainly the worst people in the world to attract ANY votes unless it's for themselves! Not that Palin has gained enough smarts to be anywhere near Washington.

    February 10, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. C Spurgeon

    Yeah right.

    February 10, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Stu-Florida

    Well let's just see what Rush has to say about that on the air...

    Perhaps she was reminded, again, that she has the duties of Governor of Alaska.

    February 10, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Dan

    Why is this air head still in the news?

    February 10, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Angela The Great Northwest

    That is because she is busy...working on a movie, a script resembling her life, reminds one of the Beverly hillbillies and Juno...

    February 10, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Maggie

    Frank, Las Vegas and all the rest of you so called males or at least your names indicate that. I am wondering if Frank's name is Frankie and perhaps Gov. Palin is intimidating to your feminity. Palin is soooooooooo much above all of you guys and dolls that you are finding it difficult to really understand her views. Perhaps it is that you do not have any views and do not know what it means. She has proven to all America that she is not afraid to tackle hard problems, she is not a greedy politician. dresses very appropriately to all except the hollywood and hollywood would be's lefties and liberals. She gets the job done. If she is dificient in any area she works hard to overcome the obstacles, mostly the media especially CNN writers. She stands up for family values and has high morasl.

    February 10, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Tony

    This "party" will not be fun. The guest list is comprised of people whose faces would crack if the snarls somehow become threatened.

    February 10, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Mitchell from MS

    It is so funny, you dems actually think people from the GOP want her as the 2012 nomine for Pres. LOL

    February 10, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Shawn

    Alaska can keept their dingbat Evita.

    February 10, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Jordan

    Understands her priorities? HA! If she understood that much she wouldn't have even entered the presidential race! GO AWAY PALIN!

    February 10, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. susan

    And which one of you could be the governor of Alaska? Amazing how you people know it all, yet what do you do besides post hateful comments? Get a REAL life or at least a REAL job.

    February 10, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Stephen from Alabama

    Sarah, if you're trying to avoid being viewed as a right-wing wacko like Limbaugh, Coulter, or Gingrich it's too late. You might as well go and give the sub-100 IQ crowd a thrill.

    February 10, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Sarah, You ROCK!!!!!

    I see by the string of replies, the Obama supporter's are there typing away. I guess they still haven't found a job to occupy their time.
    I'm just surprised they are able to afford the electric bill to keep the computers turned on long enough for them to send an email.
    Oh wait, I forgot the prisons do have acess to email and free electricity.

    February 10, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. John L in StL Mo.

    Well looky here I think she may have reconized the fifteen minute clock has expired . She will come out for air when she hears the all clear.

    February 10, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. jill

    oh please. Sp has been a good Gov. lay off the women please.

    February 10, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Chris in Va.

    @ Peggy.....I would lay down my life to defend your right to be an idiot.

    February 10, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Toppin

    Gee, a politician that avoids the "big spotlight" and exposure to actually do the work they have been elected to do? America would be extremely lucky to have Sarah Palin as the next President.

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Dave

    Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter...conservative icons? Is Joe the Plumber going to be there as well?

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. dave from Dayton, OH

    Oh come on...I can't believe that the planners of this event left out the best conservative "icon" of the Republican Party...good ol' Joe the Plumber!

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. EJ

    I've never said this before on this site but I'll say it now.......

    WHO CARES????????

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Denise

    She's busy studying for the Presidency. She doesn't have enough time, considering she has so much to learn.

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Angela The Great Northwest

    Kevin, news flash... you been eating to much moose meat, Alaska is part of the united states...

    February 10, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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