February 22nd, 2009
05:18 PM ET
8 years ago

Schweitzer wishes Palin showed up to NGA meeting


Gov. Schweitzer discussed his views of the stimulus and Sarah Palin's absence from the NGA this weekend.

(CNN) – Many of the nation’s governors descended on Washington for the National Governors’ Association meeting this weekend, but a famous face was absent: Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who co-chairs the NGA's Natural Resources Committee with Palin, told CNN he wishes she was there.

"Fewer TV cameras will be there and I have to stay all the way to the end to report, so I wish she was here," Schweitzer joked on CNN's State of the Union.

But the Montana Democrat did not fault his colleague from Alaska for missing the NGA's winter meeting.

"Governors have to balance their job," he said. "These meetings are important, but in some ways, we come here and restate the obvious."

While Palin chose to skip the meeting this year, her appearance at it one year ago may have been pivotal to her future: it was when she first met Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Filed under: Extra • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. nncskcus

    Palin is clean

    Mr. srekcuf and his brother Schweitzer are the same as Obama. No where to be found.

    February 22, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Wolf in Wisconsin

    W H O C A R E S!! Please keep her in Alaska.

    Regarding the bailout – those Republicans who don't want to accept the bail-out – GREAT! That's less money needed to be spent in the bail-out package.

    February 22, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Me

    Palin is in her state visiting villages and bring food to her constituents that have asked her for help. She is doing what we elected her to do.

    February 22, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Jean

    To bad, not enough cameras for you bunch of guys. Be happy, now you might get some camera time.

    The Guv doesn't need anyone to tell her how bad this bill is for our country.


    February 22, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Bob

    I bet EDS can see Russia from his house too

    February 22, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Robert S.

    Why does everyone keep picking on Palin? She's busy running the state of Alaska into the ground with her per diem expenses, Trig's illegitimate baby, those tax evasion charges, Troopergate, and now that her son is in Iraq, they're not making any profit from his crystal meth sales. God you guys, give her a break!

    February 22, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Raquel Vella

    She was busy watching Russia from her house.

    February 22, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Jacque Bauer

    CNN and other media just trying to stir the pot and give the appearance of GOP dissension and angst against Palin, because that is the mission of the MSM. They fear her, and rightly so.

    February 22, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Jason L.

    She needs to stop showing her face around Washington and stay in Alaska "DONCHA KNOWW"!!! I'm a Rep. But when it came to voting I had to go to the Dem side. If she was VP god couldnt even help us!!

    And to CNN it's getting a little sicking seeing her up here for every little thing she does or dosent do! Stop beating a dead horse!!!

    February 22, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Jana from Texas

    Reason for missing the conference? Gov. Palin and our Texas governor, Rick "Goodhair" Perry were too busy having a contest to see who was the Most Socially Conservative and the Most Out-of-Touch with most Americans. The contest ended in a tie! God, help us............

    February 22, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. OBAMA2012

    looks like Palin is becoming wise...

    February 22, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Chernobill

    SP is not there because reporters will ask her what it is pro choice for her daughter (did you see the GVS interview) but all those liberal hussies need to have thier children.

    February 22, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    To EDS Response:

    It's not that the "Left wingers" and Olbermann are afraid of Palin, fact is, she SUCKS! just like the rest of the 56+ million right wingers who voted last Nov. 4th.

    Just thought I put it out there....Ghost!

    February 22, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. charlie

    I am just glad that she is not living in DC. Alaska is just fine. BTW no one is forcing governors to take the stimulus money. If the idiots put politics above the well-being of their people so be it.

    February 22, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. Left-Over

    Why the big deal about Palin not going to DC....why spend so much money with transportation, hotel, security, food etc.......maybe you all should be wondering....WHY your govs are going while your state is begging for tax payer dollars to do the jobs they should've been doing all along! You stupid leftists, go plug in your cars!!!

    February 22, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. jjh

    WOW! What a bunch of idiots! Rather than report WHERE she actually is, you report this. Followed of course by comments from a bunch of morons who still can't get over her popularity. So where is Palin? Oh yeah thats right, she was in the remote villages of Marshall and Russian Mission near the Bering Sea on the Yukon River working with the Yu'pik Natives in helping them cope with a lack of economy and high cost of fuel and food. In the meantime Dem Gov's like Schweitzer are tooling around the country at our expense to attend a conference he has no interest in and he is complaining that Palin was too busy working and he can't get enough spot lights on himself without her. Typical! Good call Palin!

    February 22, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. David Banner

    To EDS Response:

    It's not that the "Left wingers" and Olbermann are afraid of Palin, fact is, she SUCKS! just like the rest of the 56+ million right wingers who voted last Nov. 4th.

    Just thought I put it out there....Ghost!

    February 22, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. elana

    Who cares??? Let's change the subject!

    February 22, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Suzi

    It's so nice to see that all you naysayers about Sarah Palin are perfect. The way you talked you should all walk on water with the Chosen One.

    I don't necessarily believe she was right for the party, but I certainly don't think she deserves to be continually be trashed by people who only wish they were as popular as her. IT does make one wonder what your all about and why you have this incessant need to bash her when you don't know her or her family. Presumptuous to say the least..

    I can only hope your unemployment checks run out soon so you can be in the bread line with your families wondering how the next meal, tank of gas, house payment will be made by the chosen one. It's just sickening to read all this about a woman that probably has more gutts than any of you will ever have and the only way you can express yourselves is to say things unkind, unwarranted and ignorant..

    February 22, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Shilo

    Whats the problem CNN where are the good comments I know there there because I wrote one...what is this the same old same old kissing Obama's ***

    February 22, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Judy

    She seems to fall on her face wherever she goes. Best stay home Sarah.

    February 22, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. CH

    First, the people are too worried about what Gov. Palin is doing. I am sure there are other governors not attending. Whatever Gov. Palin does, she is going to be criticized by the media. Show up or not! Media is just afraid to criticize our Congress controlled by Democrats and the new administration. Remember one man did not cause this problem and one man is not going to correct it! It is time for our Congress to act like adults and stop playing games.

    February 22, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Prima Donna, Prima Donna, what else does anyone expect?

    February 22, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. Jasper von Sillyputty

    Oh that's too bad, because Sarah would have had all the easy answers that her tiny head can accomodate.

    February 22, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. mary

    is this what happens when you abort a child? you become so angry and toxic at a woman who had the courage to have her child. all this hate you have for Palin is only what you are projecting about yourself. forgive yourself for that abortion. cleanse your soul and then maybe you will see Sarah's no nonsense, practical approach to how to create jobs without bankrupting the country.

    February 22, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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