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. south american observer

    sarah should go and read some elementary school books,by the way someone wrote that speech for her and she rehearsed for weeks and still sucks

    September 23, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Robert

    And for many people on the right, this will give them the impression she has intelligence....

    She just doesn't. And giving a memorized prepared speech doesn't fool anybody..

    September 23, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Susan

    Did two people get up and leave or did half the room get up and leave?

    September 23, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. yolanda

    Leaving? They probably ran out screaming.

    September 23, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Laura

    Oh, boy! Bubbles strikes again.

    September 23, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Chipster

    If China likes her, maybe they'll keep her! "Closed to the media" Imaging that.

    September 23, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. W. Art

    This lady is going to start another war with her "mouth". If she is so sure of herself, then why isn't the media allowed to be in on the sessions. She is obviously saying things that will come back to haunt her and probably end up damaging this nation more so.

    She's dangerous.....dangerous.

    September 23, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. William

    Now come on. She can barely articulate a position intelligently and is now trying to build her resume by traveling and speaking at international forums. Wow! The audience must have either laughed at her, simply fallen asleep or walked out. If she represents the best and brightest of the GOP, America's reputation is definitely destined for the trash bin.

    September 23, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. andrea

    I wish she would stay there.

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. We Won Get Over It

    Reaganomics the start of the downfall of the American financial system...oh heck yes...lets do that again.

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. I Support President Obama!

    Who cares what the clueless pathological liar says.

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Pat in Omaha

    It would be wonderful to see a story on Palin posted and for NO ONE to comment on it! She needs to be ignored! Then maybe she would go away!!!

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. stan

    Who cares about Sarah Palin,because if the Gop thinks they can get a far right conservative elected in 2012 there crazy,the Gop is never going to see the Whitehouse again,because the Gop is alienating millions of minority voters,in now you hear the Gop is going to try in push a law that would restrict people who wasnt born here from voting in federal elections is absurb,the Gop wants Natural Born Citizens to vote,the Gop knows if they can get something like that pass the Democrats would lose millions of voters,but the Democrats would never in their life past a law like that,by going after Acorn to keep the black vote down was obviously political,in now they wants to try to enforce a law like N.B.C,the Gop is now going to have to depend mainly on white voters to win elections,its so sad how some people in the Republican party let these right-wing nuts take control of their party.

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. yolanda

    They wouldn't speak to the media about the speech because they didn't have a clue what she was talking about. Also, does this mean Palin is now a communist sympathizer like those she adamantly derided during the campaign.

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Cruzan Obama Mama

    She probably made a fool of herself and these people are trying to be PC. If she was magnificient, it would of been broadcasted everywhere. She is part of the movement to dumb down America. We are drastically falling behind other countries and Palin would be an example of the future leaders of America.....it is just plain scary. Encourage your kids to read & study people!!!!!

    I heard someone say that American kids spend 4 hours behind video games, while the kids in China are excelling and are the ones making the games that the American kids are playing. After that statement we get the poll that most kids don't know who was the first President ot the US. YIKES!!! THINK ABOUT IT.

    Repubs, once again, we are not scared of this woman. Please stop embarrassing yourselves by saying that. LOL!!!!!

    September 23, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Cosmo

    Nobody can hear what she says. The Meeting is closed to the public. People leaving refuse to speak about the event. Sounds like this savior of the far right is warming up her Presidential run. She can call it "Bush-Cheney III – Executive privilege means your rights are what I say they are".

    September 23, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Jim

    Like a deer in headlights. Not surprising that many people left during her "speech". Surprised anyone showed up to see this bigoted, racist disgrace for an American

    September 23, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Eric

    Who cares?

    September 23, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. vik

    and so what?

    September 23, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Kevin with the Indiana militia

    Hong Kong is a good place for Miss Piggy to be; better there than over here. Maybe she will stay there.

    September 23, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. William in San Jose

    I'm certain it was a real "zinger", I also assume that she didn't take questions.

    September 23, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Sam I Am

    Let's see, a woman who has little understanding of international politics or finance, who is functionally illiterate, and who attends a church that deals in things like excorcizing witches has been asked to speak in front of a group of international investors from mainland China and other regions in the area. Do you think, by any chance the invitation was so they could actually get a look at this woman, as one would look at a bug under a microscope? And she talked for 90 minutes? What did she do, read her speech 9 times???

    September 23, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. JD

    Why anyone would want to listen to this nut case is beyond me. She abandoned the State of Alaska, has repeatedly lied about her accomplishments as governor and has continued to spread lies about other issues. She needs to stay home and focus on her family since she hasn't done such a great job on that either.

    September 23, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Kevin

    Blah blah blah,,, don't care,,, blah blah blah.....

    September 23, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Concerned American

    Sarah Palin is an inspiration for the good of the American people...hopefully, she will enter American politics and use her honestly and knowledge for the betterment of all Americans!!

    September 23, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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