September 23rd, 2009
11:57 AM ET
5 years ago

Some early exits as Palin woos Hong Kong investors

Sarah Palin's speech at CLSA Investors' Forum appeared to be largely well received.
Sarah Palin's speech at CLSA Investors' Forum appeared to be largely well received.

HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- Sarah Palin touched on a host of topics - including Reaganomics, China and human rights, Tibet, the Asian and U.S. economies, family and moose in Alaska - as she delivered a speech to investors Wednesday in Hong Kong, according to audience members.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate was the keynote speaker at the 16th CLSA Investors' Forum, in what was billed as her first speech outside North America. She recently stepped down as Alaska's governor.

Her 90-minute address, which was closed to the media, was heard by 1,100 people, according to CLSA head of communications Simone Wheeler.

Those who attended her speech said she did well, though some could be seen leaving early on. A few of those people said they were heading to other forum offerings. Most people declined to speak with the media about the speech.

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  1. John

    what a joke – Just gop away!

    September 23, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. TangledThorns

    The NYT had a very positive review of Sarah's HK speech. She is the best conservative hope against the Left's radical agenda.

    September 23, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Ninety minutes of that shrill woman's voice. Not that I would have ever attended, but ten seconds of this woman is ten seconds too many. I am glad that people walked out. If you know she is going to "talk" for 90 minutes you plan ahead. I can't imagine any other speaker worthy of people leaving early if these morons paid to listen to her.

    September 23, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. Boob McNutt

    Moose: a subject she actually knows something about. Nice change.

    September 23, 2009 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. Ken

    She can give speeches in HONG KONG!? But she cannot carry out the covenant that she made with the people of Alaska. Wow. I really don't like this lady. What an idiot.

    September 23, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. www.ActBlue.com

    "Some could be seen leaving early on," eh?

    Maybe Palin turned them off by starting out with a joke about Death Panels.

    Tell Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. Mike Ross to stop doing the bidding of the insurance industry.

    Tell them to start acting like Democrats by supporting the public health insurance option!

    September 23, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question that isn't answered here is why were the people leaving early. Yes, there is mention of some people going to other sessions, but what those that weren't going to other sessions? Were there actually other sessions planned for the same time she was speaking?

    My question is what does she know about the topics she was allegedly talking about. Does she really have anything of substance to say? I really doubt that.

    September 23, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. Peter Zheutlin

    Sarah Palin is a satire of herself.

    September 23, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Those who attended her speech said she did well, though some could be seen leaving early on.
    -------------------------------–

    Well they probably had to go potty. Sarah we're sooo proud of you not embarrassing us overseas with our biggest lender! Hurry home! We miss 'ya, you betcha!

    September 23, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. Ron L

    I don't know about the rest of America, but I find it somewhat disarming that Ex-Governor Palin decides to have a News Blackout when addressing an important foreign trading partner like China. For all we know she could either be helping the nations cause or hurting it. This is the problem with this person, she does and says what ever the heck she feels like. We as a nation are SO FORTUNATE John McCann lost. Talk about a loose canon in the White House..it's truly SCARY.

    September 23, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I feel so embarrasessed.

    September 23, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. James Cunningham

    Is it any wonder CNN is being killed in TV and internet ratings with its biased approch to news and current events? Instead of giving Ms. Palin her due for her talk in Hong Kong, you have to make a cheap shot headline about some people leaving the meeting early. What a snide, corrupt small minded bunch of producers and commentators you have on your payroll and your ratings certainly testify to it! Shameful!

    September 23, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. JM

    What a disingenuous headline CNN. People were leaving to attend other forums and you make a headline like people were walking out because they didn't agree with what she was saying. Nice Journalism. No wonder no one takes your news network seriously anymore.

    September 23, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  14. Enough

    CNN your point is????

    September 23, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  15. C. Avery

    I imagine it's very difficult to listen to someone speak about an issue in which you are more than likely more knowledgeable about.

    September 23, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  16. Motive

    did she wink?

    September 23, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. Peace

    "Those who attended her speech said she did well, though some could be seen leaving early on".
    How could they continue staying on when she is talking about "moose" in Alaska. If I was there, I could had also left!

    September 23, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    So she showed up this time? A higher paying, sorry, higher calling gig did not "confuse" her schedulers?

    September 23, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. Chris L.

    This woman is such a joke in politics. Man, Sarah. For goodness sakes, stop embarrasing yourself even more. Really though. Just because you go to Hong Kong to deliver a speech does not make you gain foreign experience.

    September 23, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. aneanderthal

    A good Charlie Rangel story or the truth about the Van Jones resignation would be a more appropriate use of this space, but CNN once again caters to the liberal fantasy league.

    September 23, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. Expertise

    >>Reaganomics, China and human rights, Tibet, the Asian and U.S. economies, family and moose in Alaska

    And of those topics, Palin knows about...... Moose

    I almost gave her Family too, but her knowledge seems to be mostly on how to expand it, not how to manage it well.

    September 23, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Fred the Moderate

    No other forms are ever scheduled during a key note address. This is the cherry on top of any conference.

    I'm sure the Communist Chinese could relate to Moose as well?

    Judgeing from the diverse subjects she must have rambled along as she does here stateside. I am courious as to why this particular form had her speak on subjects not related to the core business of the conference?

    Sure seems like a waste of time and money?

    September 23, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. Nick

    Another distortion by the liberal media. "Some early exits" in the title, but later on it's clarified that they were headed to other forums. Why couldn't the title just be "Palin woos Hong Kong investors"? That seems like the more appropriate title. Had there been no agenda when posting this, the title would've been different. Now when people see the title of this posting, they will assume people walked out because of her, and not because they had to get to other forums.

    September 23, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Jose

    You betcha! And investors, when the going gets tough – I learns you just walk out the door and quit.

    September 23, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. cindy

    When is she going to just go away. Enough of her already.

    September 23, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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