April 16th, 2009
05:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin's big night

Alaska's governor and last year's GOP vice presidential nominee will speak briefly at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner in Evansville, Indiana tonight.
Alaska's governor and last year's GOP vice presidential nominee will speak briefly at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner in Evansville, Indiana tonight.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin will take a break from an increasingly bitter set of standoffs with state legislators Thursday to make her first public comments in the lower 48 states this year. Palin's appearance at a gathering of social conservatives will also increase speculation that she might be interested in running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Alaska's governor and last year's GOP vice presidential nominee will speak briefly at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner in Evansville, Indiana tonight. She will follow Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who is the keynote speaker at the sold-out event, which is billed as the nation's largest right to life banquet.

Tomorrow morning, Palin is scheduled to attend a breakfast with members of S.M.I.L.E., a non profit support organization for people with family members who have Down Syndrome. Palin's son, Trig, has Down Syndrome.

On Monday, Palin's office blasted Alaska state Democrats for criticizing her decision to leave the state and travel to the speaking appearances during the closing days of the legislative session. The governor has also come under fire from members of her own party for this trip. Palin has opted to skip several major conservative gatherings this year, citing state legislative demands.

Over the past few weeks, public faceoffs with lawmakers over her nominee for state attorney general, her reluctance to request all the stimulus funds available to the state, and a series of her picks to fill a Democratic legislative seat that have all been rejected by members of the party.

Palin's still considered a possible candidate for 2012 Republican presidential nomination. There is no clear frontrunner for the next GOP nomination battle, but in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll of Republicans conducted in February, Palin won the support of 29 percent of those questioned, slightly ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, both 2008 presidential contenders.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Palin = Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz

    April 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. jim

    the two things about Sarah Palin that I don't think have been adequately appreciated are, number one, if you look at the numbers, she really wasn't that different than Barack Obama in terms of experience and time in office, and [things] like that. The real big difference between the two was she hadn't campaigned non-stop for two years, and had she campaigned non-stop on the national stage for two years she'd have been just as polished as Barack Obama. She's a phenomenal politician and there's no better retail politician on the planet than Sarah Palin with a microphone in front of a crowd. So I think the big experience gap was the one that is about running on a national ticket—he had a lot more experience there and it showed up.

    April 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Ohio Man

    I'm still stuck on the fact that if you can't secure a job or convince the American people you are qualified to be VP then how do they expect her to leap frog to President? .. thats the part that all this Palin talk has me at a lost at ..

    April 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Sarah Palin: the face of today's GOP. Divisive, ignorant and self-serving. The Democrats welcomeher candidacy in 2012. And ha ha ha to the loonies who say criticism of Palin means the critic somehow "fears" her. Spin away, loonies! She's a cartoon.

    April 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. MichaelNYC

    I wish she go back under that rock she crawled out from.

    April 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Mike, FL

    Is she going to propose seceding alaska like her fellow Governer from TX? I have no probelme with that as long as all the right wing nut jobs from yesterday's tea party move to there first!

    April 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Yeah I Said It

    I wouldn't say that Sarah Palin needs to stay home with her kids just because she's female. A working woman has many options to sustain a career.

    She just needs to stay out of politics because she's an idiot.

    April 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Robin

    If you want the nation to be strong again, why are you for this stimulus bill that may do the exact opposite?

    Throwing money at a bad situation does not make it go away. Will you be for the inflation that is sure to follow?

    And what if China recalls its loans?

    Ever read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins? You should, because turnabout is fair play.

    For those of you crying "the last 8 years", and 6 were pretty good, it did not work then! What makes you think it is going to work now?

    April 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Jim

    OPERATION CHAOS II

    It's time to get back at Rush Limbaugh and his attempt to cause mischief during last year's Democratic primaries by having his listeners vote for Hillary and prolong Barack's inevitable nomination.

    Democrats need to change their party affiliation to Republican just for the 2012 presidential primaries so that they can vote for Sarah Palin. They'll be no need to vote for Barack as he'll be running unopposed.

    This will ensure a Democratic victory in 2012 because no sane person, Republican or Democrat, will vote for Sarah!

    April 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Jonita

    I hope she runs in 2012 as well...it would ensure President Obama a second term...So I say Go Sarah..

    April 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Penny

    She is such a train wreck

    April 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. VGal

    Please, please let her be the repub nom in 2012. I need a good laugh.

    April 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. joe nc

    I Like Sarah...

    She tells it like it is... Good Luck Sarah

    April 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. zaphod2000

    We have 50 states. Why do we only hear about this woman?
    BTW – if you think she is going to make it in 2012. Try reading some of the blogs from the Anchorage News or any Alaska newspapers. Seems that most of them woke up and are not too happy with this bimbo.

    April 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. 29% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 71% of Americans to SUFFER!

    She heard they were giving out a glittery sash and a shiny crown, so she is bringing her baton and flute.

    You guys do know she plays the flute, right?

    April 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. the dude

    she will never hold the office of president or vice president. it is doubtful she'll even make sentator or congresswoman for that matter. let her speak...its all moot.

    April 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Greg in Colorado

    With Texas threatening to leave... I believe that Alaska should go as well and take this No Good for nothing Idiot out of our country. Can she please go away!!!

    April 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. chris s.

    What ideas has Sarah Palin came up with that Americans agree with. None. So why dont she make herself useful and think of some ideas to fix our economy. This isnt a beauty contest!

    April 16, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Casey Truskunas

    Palin would make a great Vice President while Perry would make a great President.

    April 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. John Sturgis, SD

    This woman doesn't get that she's being humiliated in the news everyday. Denial is a powerful mental mirage.

    April 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. steptoe

    Sarah Palin's judgement day will be the 2012 republican debates (if she runs)

    April 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. katiec

    Is this the same Sarah that refused to take stimulous money that included multi million dollars for challenged children?
    As usual, we can expect nothing but hypocrasy from this woman.

    April 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Palin a possible candidate for 2012 Republican presidential nomination she beat the good old boys, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, both 2008 presidential contenders. Go Palin

    April 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Karen-phoenix

    NO MORE PALIN! She started this right wing radical white supremist movement and destroyed the republican party!! AND she is not to bright!!

    April 16, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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