WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will headline a major fundraising dinner for congressional Republicans in June, stepping back into the national spotlight after keeping a relatively low profile since the November elections.
Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, has made a handful of trips outside of Alaska since the election, but has skipped prominent gatherings such as the Conservative Political Action Conference held last month in the nation’s capital.
Still, Palin remains a favorite of social conservatives, and in a February CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll was the candidate that Republicans said they would most likely support in 2012. In that poll, Palin received 29 percent, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee got 26 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney drew 21 percent. Huckabee and Romney both unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination last year.
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NRSC & NRCC Chairs Announce Gov. Palin to Keynote Senate-House Dinner
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and U.S. Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), announced that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will deliver the keynote address at the annual Senate-House Dinner to be held on June 8th at the Washington Convention Center:
“Governor Palin has quickly emerged as one of the most popular and recognizable faces in the Republican Party, and we are honored to have her deliver the keynote address at the Senate-House dinner. As a proven leader in her home-state of Alaska, Governor Palin represents a breath of fresh air from the business-as-usual crowd in Washington, and is one of our Party’s up-and-coming young governors who will play a critical role in our re-building efforts in the years to come. Last fall, she electrified and energized crowds across the country, and we expect she will generate a similar amount of enthusiasm at this spring’s dinner.” – NRSC Chairman John Cornyn
“On behalf of Congressional Republicans, it is a pleasure to announce one of the brightest rising stars in the Republican Party, Sarah Palin, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Senate-House dinner. Gov. Palin’s conservative values, commendable achievements in Alaska and the sheer energy she personifies make her one of the most compelling visionaries of our Party. With respect, admiration and enthusiasm, I look forward to welcoming her to Washington and await the inspirational address our Party needs, as it rebuilds and prepares for a victorious election cycle.” – NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions