September 23rd, 2009
11:57 AM ET
9 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. Hussein

    Jesus, CNN, please. Utterly absurd to mention a few people leaving early; of course they were bloody heading to other presentations. Typically weak "reportage" and puerile "observation."

    September 23, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Maybe "you betcha" doesn't translate well.

    September 23, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Pamala

    OK – I'm sick of the circus act. Palin needs to sit her behind down and stop pretending like she is smart. Whose behind those talking points that she would not dare try to repeat ever in front of the media and the bloggers.

    September 23, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Steve in CT

    This should get going the hate mongers who complain that CNN keeps running articles about her. Yo, hate mongers. the heading said it's about palin. Why are you even in here if you don't want to read about her. It's not CNN's fault. It's your own. (And they let these dummies vote. No wonder we're in trouble.)

    September 23, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Mario, mtl, ca.

    The republican saga

    September 23, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. In the know

    What in the world does she know about world economic!!!

    September 23, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. California Republican

    Next up, Ashlee Simpson will be speaking about space exploration.

    September 23, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Gus The Willie

    Just wondering if she told story of her attacking a grizzly bear with only a slingshot and her Swiss Army Knife.

    September 23, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Marie she can say she's a "world traveler"....what a big girl!
    Please.....go home; keep fishing.

    September 23, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. matt

    In the title "Some early exitis....."

    in the article "though some could be seen leaving early on....."

    Seems to me that this whole article is a little (with a smile) BIASED. I am left to assume the writer of this artilce has an issue with Sara Palin.

    Let me assure you, I am not a Sara Palin fan. So this is not coming from someone in her camp/fan base.

    But come on!!!!!!! It seems to me there is an OVER emphasis on people leaving her speech. People get up and leave speeches ALL THE TIME! No real story here, expect to spin it against Sara Palin

    How about some fair and balanced news (smile).......without an ax to grind or having some political favor or disfavor.

    How about some real news!!!

    September 23, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Peoples Voice

    Way to WOW them, wink girl.

    September 23, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. California Dreamin

    Sarah Palin is just plain irresponsible.

    September 23, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Ron In California

    Where are all the Palin critics...the absence of comments is scary. At least the CSLA didn't invite Jimmy Carter to speak.

    September 23, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. ATL Guy

    Those poor asian folks are probably scratching their heads and asking each other "Is she from the same country with Bill and Hillary Clinton? And she talks like that?"

    September 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Tim in Minnesota

    Truth is, the woman needed money. It would be a rather dubious claim that she really has much expertise in global economics. I get a kick out of some conservative commentators saying that she's getting "honed" for the 2012 election. Truth is, she's broke...

    September 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. victim of republican greed

    I am sure she kept the translators on their toes.

    September 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Edna

    I have heard her speak before. I know why they left early no matter what reason they gave. i can bet they are sorry that they invited her and actually paid her to speak on such lofty topics that she knows nothing about. And, no, I am not afraid of her. I am actually a well-educated woman who speaks and writes in coherent sentences.

    September 23, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Democrats for Palin Primary 2012

    Rajesh Kothari, a fund manager: "I was quite impressed by her knowledge. It seemed like she did her homework now, this time around."

    Jasbeena Layman, a fund manager in the United States: "I think she is very well spoken,"

    Mel Goode, a business developer from New York : "She speaks well - a broad spectrum of what her beliefs are, family views.....Reaganism....Palin had "learned quite a bit" from the vice presidential campaign

    Fools!!! have you ever heard of "Teleprompter"???

    Chad Tendler, who works in the financial industry: 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."

    There I rest my case!!!

    September 23, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. fred

    CNN, why are you so obsessed with this Palin speech? You're covering this as much as FoxNews is covering ACORN, but at least ACORN is something important, because that's where our tax dollars have been going. Palin raises money through her PAC.

    September 23, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Jackson

    holy crap! 90 minutes of gosh darn palin! U bet that was a snooze fest!

    September 23, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Shane - MO

    Palin is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Doncha know Palin they all recognized a train wreck when they see one. You were there for comic relief only. You read good from a script...

    Just give it up Lady you are a true mess! However, most of us hope and pray you get the nod in 2012.

    September 23, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Kelly

    Palin probably prepared for this speech by having lunch at Panda Express. She probably still can't identify China on a world map.

    September 23, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    What was the Media doing asking the chinese people for? Where they trying to find something else to blaspheme Palin about?

    September 23, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. mabel floyd

    public speaking was part of my job for many years and believe me barring the press was the last thing i would do. any public speaker who bars the news people either is a lousy speaker or is planning a speech which has content that can be challenged for trueness.
    anyone who has heard her speak knows she is an emotional speaker, but not a good speaker. apparently she also knows she is not a truth teller and is only there because she is infamous, therefor bar the press and maybe no one on the "outside" will know she is a failure as a speaker and see and hear her lack of ethics when she speaks.
    sarah palin is a joke as a speaker–she is only a piece of red meat to those who still yearn to find a way to dash the hopes and needs of any people who disagree with her and thoes use her and pretend to admire her.

    September 23, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. arapikos

    If Sarah knew the real outcomes of Reaganomics, she, probably, would never use it again. Wonder, if she can explain to us-precisely what did Reaganomics do for the majority of Americans, and not just the 1% wealthy ones (e.g. Lehman debacle).

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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