November 6th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to keep low-profile on Wisconsin trip

Palin is keeping a low profile on her trip to Wisconsin Friday.
Palin is keeping a low profile on her trip to Wisconsin Friday.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is set to deliver remarks at a Wisconsin Right to Life event Friday evening, one of the few speeches the former Republican vice presidential nominee will have given since she resigned the governorship last summer.

But Palin appears to be doing her best to keep a low profile on this trip: no press will be allowed into the Milwaukee auditorium where she will speak and those who have paid the $30 admittance fee are unable to carry in cell phones, cameras, laptops, or recording devices of any kind.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told the Wisconsin Radio Network he finds all these restrictions "bizarre."

"You know, for someone who claims to be a rogue and isn't afraid of what other people think it really is sort of hypocritical to not let the media, the press cover your event."

Meanwhile Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said he's excited Palin is coming to his state, but stressed the party has nothing to do with this event or its limitations.

Related: Palin's high risk strategy

Palin's speech comes a day after a new national poll suggests the former Alaska governor may face some obstacles should she decide to run for the White House. According to the new Gallup survey, only about one in three Americans would seriously consider casting their vote for her.

The speech also comes a week and half before Palin's highly-anticipated memoir "Going Rogue: An American Life" is released. The Alaska Republican will commence a national book tour soon after and sit down for high-profile interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters.


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  1. Martie

    What is wrong with CNN???? Oh just about everything – if this is "dirt" you have to dig on her and I am sure thousands of little dems will respond nicely to the call to annoint her with all sorts of names. At least she has an opinion – let her alone and maybe deal with the massacre that went on in Texas and perhaps cover those nice little east coast losses. But wait no – Sarah Palin is more "important." What a joke the liberal media has become....

    November 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Marie MD

    "face some obstacles if she decides to run for the WH"?
    What a laugh! Wished this dumb report about this idiot would have come out on Monday when I really need to pick up.
    She is staying within her comfort zone because she can't handle the truth and the real hard questions. I find it amusing that they have to emphasize that the party has nothing to do with her and the events she is attending. Talk about throwing someone under the bus!! :) :)
    oprah has lost any respect I ever had for her. And now Walters?

    November 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Pee Wee

    Sweet! The obligatory Palin story. Stand-by for 300+ comments while all of the other stories get the early permalink!

    November 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. JUSTAMOM

    I love it.

    " According to the new Gallup survey, only about one in three Americans would seriously consider casting their vote for her."

    Only one in 3 americans...sounds pretty good to me. Besides, she is not running for office nor is holding an office at this time. What she does now is nobodys business unless they are seriously interested or very afraid......Be afraid, be very afraid. She is coming to get all of the obamabots.

    Bachmann/Palin 2012

    November 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Mike

    I can see Russia from my house!

    November 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. grace

    Sarah, i'm not sure what your agenda is or could be. My suggestion is to stay home with your family. They need you. I am afraid that you fall into the category of one when given a bit of power, thinks he/she is powerful. Being thrust into the limelight last summer did not make you ready to deal with the problems of an entire nation. Think about it are you really aware of all the laws of the land; can you work 24hours a day, are you ready to cope with a job where your every word is more than scrutinized, can you really take the "heat"? Saying you are a ROGUE does not particularly impress most of a nation of people who are required to follow the law. Please go home.

    November 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Virgil Cottongim

    I am a Republican; Sara Palin scares me with her 'shoot from the hip' idiotic comments. Sorry, but I think the woman is a loose cannon, & NOT good for the GOP image. It is not that she says 'scary' things, just stupid, non-sensual' things... That's the reason for the ban on phones, recorders and reporters, they are trying to shield her..., Why? I ask...
    I already feel embarrassed for her if she goes on the Wendfrey show or is interviewed by Walters...
    When she speaks, it is like listening to an empty room....
    But, I suppose it will be for the best, get it out in the open, then the GOP can get on with looking to a real candidate, like Mike Huckabee!!

    November 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Pee Wee

    I wonder how much time people waste typing and typing and typing all of their vitriol about Palin? CNN , help the economy and those employers and stop posting Palin stories!

    November 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Hmmm....

    What WOULD a democrat say. Heck...what Republican ever has anything good to say about a Democrat? How nice are we to each other? Is this news to ANYBODY? And, if it is a teaser title- you can see I didn't even read it.

    November 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Kelly

    For someone who wants the national spotlight as some sort of self-made maverick or rogue whatever, hiding with gag rules banning cell phones, cameras and videos truly does smack of cowardice.

    I guess going rogue means you can be as daring as you want when no one of importance is watching.

    November 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. bob

    There's only one reason to disallow press, and it's the same reason that certain movies don't allow reviewers to see the movie: you know it's going to be 'train wreck' awful.

    November 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Mississippi Miss

    She has a lot to say, is inspired to say it... but she should not have to put up with the media frenzy toward her and her family. You can call them the press if you want to, but a better name for them would be 'papparazi'. Lessons were not learned from Princess Diana's yearning for privacy, she couldn't find it either. Many people think that is you enter public life, you give up all other rights. That is ridiculous, a stalker is a stalker(with or without a camera). Multiply that times a national press corps that was more concerned about her wardrobe, than her accomplisments as the excellent Governor of Alaska.

    As someone who recognizes the 'Sanctity of Human Life'... she is
    more informed and faithful than the masses who just want to snip
    at her heels every step of the way.

    Sarah, I am very proud of you, and grateful that you are bringing the right to life into focus for the rest of society.

    November 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Sweet Lou

    Mike Tate is 100% correct regarding this lightweight.

    November 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. jondoe

    Failin – more like 'Going Cammo'. Opening her mouth in front of a crowd is like appearing pantless. A sure-fired OOPS moment.

    November 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Paul C.

    That 1 in 3 voters would vote for her to be president is scary and tells me a lot about the thought process for these people. When it gets to 2 in 3 voters.............

    November 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Susanna

    Why would we vote for her if she ran for president of the whole country when she couldn't handle being governor of Alaska?? If she made it to the white house she'd be the first female president and probably would also be the first to "quit" if it got a little difficult. NOT A FAN!! Trumped up Beauty Queen looking for bigger pageants to win, and once she wins she's done.

    November 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. uncle ellsworthey

    Seems to me that the Democrats have enough problems of their own instead of worrying about what this lady does. For a bunch of folks who think she's "dumb, irrelevant, etc. etc. you sure seem to spend an inordinate amount of time reading and commenting on her. You, of course will deny it, but it is totally obvious you are consumed by fear of her. If you weren't you wouldn't even be reading stories printed about her let alone making the same old comments which never very from post to post.

    November 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Another Chapter Of The Wolf "Hound!" Blitzer, HypocriCNN Sarah Palin Love Lust. I'm Sure For Ms. Sarah Palin, A Good Idea Requires Her Head To Go Into A Swivel And Flatten Very Quick. The Only Thing That Ever Kept Her Head Upright Was The Air In It, On This Topic Though I Do Agree With Her. Keep Away The Media, The Camera Devices, And Recorders.

    November 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. iroshi

    First, Palin was not the Republican nominee for president as stated in the first paragraph of this report.
    Second, Palin is hardly a rogue; she is in lockstep with the ultra conservative line and does not have an original thought in her head.
    Third, Palin is a quitter with neither the courage to see a job through, nor the intelligence to have written a book by herself.
    Fourth, anyone who would vote for her for president is making a statement more about their prejudices and hatred of certain groups of people than they are about what will be best for this country.

    November 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This woman is a big joke and I don't know why CNN continue to follow this joker of a woman. If she is so scare of the media, why would the American people vote for her for President.

    November 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Edmontonian

    So much for freedom of the press.

    November 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Sunny

    Every time she opens her mouth it becomes a national joke, so this time she is taking precautions that nothing like it happens and only the ultra right wingers with no brains will pay $30 to listen to her garbage.

    November 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Jason

    This lady is on a paper chase plain and simple. I couldn't imagine who would pay $30 to attend her speech, you couldn't even pay me $30 to go even if I was interested in the cause. Shame on anyone who contributes to her quest for wealth and fame.

    November 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Fred

    Palin – Bizarre

    Is that pure redundancy or what?

    November 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. SGJ

    She was NEVER a presidential canidate... hopefully soon though.

    November 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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