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. Dave

    Leave it to CNN to mention the 2 liberal "early exits" from Palin's speech. Many that were there gave excellent reviews.
    She is very easily going to be our next president. Provided that is, we survive the next four years under a socialist who HATES America.

    September 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Angry Pirates Fan

    I can smell the fish from here.

    September 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. AA

    Two words...

    I would love to read a transcript of the english to chinese (then back to english) translation. It would be like an acid trip, I could plan a weekend around it.

    Peace.

    AA

    September 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. DennisG

    The most important thing was, of course, how short was her skirt and how much cleavage was she showing? Other than that there probably wasn't anything of any substance.

    September 23, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Tom Kaye

    Palin criticized the President of the US on FOREIGN SOIL!

    Where are the Republicans that attacked Obama. And let's not forget what the Dixie Chicks went through for criticizing Bush in Europe.

    Oh . . . I forgot . . . the Republicans are hypocrits!

    September 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Bugl3t | Ruth, CA

    ...her speech was "very well scripted," but a question-and-answer session afterward "brought out a bit more color about her as a person" and reminded everyone of "the candidate who we all saw campaigning for vice president."
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    You betcha! And that's so funny because so many of the GOP supporters (aka: Obama haters) like to diss Obama for using a teleprompter or "reading" a speech... as if he could not hold his own extemporaneously.

    Palin couldn't put 3 words (hopefully, a noun, a verb and some sort of modifer) together without reading them verbatim.
    I'd bet that for the audience, it was a lot like it is for Americans reading the translated directions for a Chinese $2 watch....

    September 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Tom

    She has a very conservative flair which appeals to some in the Republican party as well as many Libertarians. Many are just sick and tired of this growing, incompetent, albatross of a Government. Many, including myself want to 'shrink and limit it' before it causes any more damage to our economy.

    September 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Jeff

    So if Joe Wilson yells out liar in the middle of Obama's speech it's racism, but if an unelected private citizen issues concerns about the future of the nation in their speech, walking out is just fine? What a bunch of babies.

    September 23, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. SMP

    He said her speech was "very well scripted," but a question-and-answer session afterward "brought out a bit more color about her as a person" and reminded everyone of "the candidate who we all saw campaigning for vice president."

    In other words, once the scripted speech was over, she turned into the blithering, stammering, idiot we know and love to make fun of.

    September 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Ginger Lies

    You got the Palin bashing blog started for the day...now how long till the race baiting blog comes out for today?

    September 23, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. JonDie

    Just like Palin to be palling around with communist dictators. She's probably a personal friend of Qaddafi and Ahmadinejad as well.

    September 23, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Mariann Pepitone

    Those that left early probably are not investors only came to hear her for a short time and left. No doubt they are not Palin supporters but would not leave early if Obama was speaking. I believe she is well educated in politics but not in foreign policcy because she didn't need it living in Alaska however her experience in that field is now beginning. If she is invited to other countries to speak then she is on her way up.

    September 23, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Scott

    As an investor I always look to clueless people to make my decisions.

    September 23, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Mike in LR

    Like this doesn't happen to all speakers. If I have to pee I'm not waiting, sorry.

    As for Palin, I feel sorry for her (and Hillary for that matter) they never get a fair evaluation from the press. With the exception of FoxNews. When will we really begin to seriously consider a woman for the highest office?

    September 23, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Failin' Palin

    Well, at least she picked a place to go where perhaps they don't understand english.

    But, what is the most confusing to me is, WHY do they want to listen to a word she has to say? MOST of our country thinks she is a pea brain with not much of substance to say. I'm sure the paycheck was her motive. You betcha!

    I thought they were smart over there?

    September 23, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    He said her speech was "very well scripted," but a question-and-answer session afterward "brought out a bit more color about her as a person" and reminded everyone of "the candidate who we all saw campaigning for vice president."

    What a nice way of saying the woman can't say a coherent English sentence without someone else writing it for her!

    September 23, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Doc in Virginia

    Yawn...as if any investor would give's a rat's anal orifice for what this fiscal idiot has to say. Especially one who espouses Reaganomics (already debunked as deficit inducing tripe) and probably tried to shove our image/values down their throats.
    And...that voice!!!

    September 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    This is all part of Palin's strategy of being able to say that in addition to seeing Russia from her house, she has "been to China."

    Ooooooh, what international experience she has! Ooooooo!

    September 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Davidson

    A memo to Palin!! One thing you never do is criticize your Government when you are on a foreign soil. For the simple reason that they do not vote. Palin offers more of the same empty rethorics with no substance. Now I know she is trying to raise her profile but may be she should read a bit of American political history. Like the time Wendell Willkie went of the handle against his government regarding Nazi Germany. That didn't help him much at home. Besides this is not the same Sarah who was for the bridge to nowhere before she said no thanks way after congress yanked the project.

    I know she is an extra ordinary ability to spot Russians anywhere they hide. But come on now. That doesn't make you a potential for a president. Go back to making Moose burgers and building bridges to no where.

    September 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. steve

    Sen McCain should defend Ghadafi since he just visited him at his ranch in Tripoli Libya in mid august , 2009.
    Why the silence from the Arizona senator

    September 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. max pargament

    If you're not fox news, she doesn't want your coverage. Because they will put a positive spin on everything she says.

    September 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. George

    Why would anyone be interested in anything she had to say about investing? If she wants to seek the Presidency, she should stop talking and start learning. Perhaps with the right advisors and vision, she could shake her "aggressive soccor mom image" and develop into someone who could be respected as a world leader. She was chosen by McCain as a "novelty" to create interest in an other wise drab campaign. She needs to realize that and work hard to move on.
    I believe she means well.

    September 23, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Steve in Kentucky

    Probably few could tell exactly what she was talking about ... because she didn't know what she was talking about.

    September 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Jim, San Antonio

    Palin = stupid
    People who pay her to speak = incredibly stupid

    September 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    The media wasn't allowed in because the Palin people are trying desperately to control her image. Since she's not that bright, not well-read, can't speak proper English and is a bit of a nasty dingbat, the only way they can allow her out in public is when the media is barred.

    Newsflash for the Palin handlers: You can't teach an old dog new tricks; she's not going to become smarter over time, nor will she ever grasp the English language. She's not a thinker; she just reacts out of her ill-conceived notions about everything.

    Give it up!

    September 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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