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.

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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. TiredofPalin

    Seems to be the woman has something to hide and is covering her tracks before they are made. Seems like she doesn't want people to know what she really thinks unless they pay to hear her run off at the mouth. AND she doesn't want any proof that she said whatever jibberish coming out of her ridiculous mouth.

    November 6, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Brown

    Dem says strange no cell phones, etc. This from a party which has a leader who cannot speak without a promter? What a joke of a story. Hey, CNN, why not just get down and kiss more fanny for the Dems. –thought you were a news organization?

    November 6, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. WhySoHypocritical?

    Gotta laugh at the Dems whinning about this. Don't they have an economy to fix? Health care to fix? A war to win? Palin could just do what the Dems do and bus in "special" guests so everything can be scripted so everything appears nice and neat....

    November 6, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Macho Macho

    I think Palin is the Republican version of the Democrat Obama. A statistical outlier. Palin is way out to the right like Obama is way out to the left, neither of them were or are qualified to lead. Too bad for the GOP they can't figure it out, GOP Conservatism should be redefined to mean Fiscal Conservatism with a focus on downsizing Government and lose all the religious based rhetoric. They might catch a lot more of the Centrist Independents if they were to clean up and do a little house keeping.

    Start educating our people instead of dumbing them down so Government elitists can control them and baffle them with BS!

    November 6, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Bill Hartman

    How does this woman think of herself as Presidential, when she is afraid to have anyone, anyone, record her voice in a public gathering. Is this the way that we want our leaders to act, behave and think? She is so not ready to be the leader of the "free world" ! She speaks and acts out of fear and creates a cacophony of nonsense whenever she
    opens her mouth. The wordsmith of Wasilla should go home and sit by the lake and read and read and learn to construct sentences that coming out of her month can make sense.

    Sarah is so last year...

    November 6, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Tommy

    This is how republicans now run for elected office. Can't let the electorate know what the candidate thinks, they might not get elected, for heaven's sake.

    Republicans: America's underachievers.

    November 6, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Eardley Ham

    She probably decided that to prevent the media from exposing her stupidity that the best course of action is to exclude the media and prevent anyone else from carrying her flawed message beyond the confines of her 'event.'

    November 6, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Mary Alapa

    Great Scott, She's finally realized she needs to button her own lips.
    I applaud her for this self censorship. The rest of us can now contend with more relevant issues than this individual represents.

    November 6, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Dennis

    Open and transparent, KGB style.

    November 6, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Doc SteveO

    Very "rogue-y", I guess. Shoot in, collect your money and get out before you have to answer any of those pesky questions.

    I still hope Oprah will ask her to read a selection from her book and then invite her to explain what she meant by what she wrote.

    November 6, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. robrubin

    Why is this woman still around?

    November 6, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. William

    The surprise is not that only one in three Americans would consider voting for her if she decided to run for president. The real surprise is that any thinking person at all would vote for her. In Alaska she showed that she did not have the stamina to complete her term. In the presidential race she showed how ill prepared she was to be vice president. How is anything she has done to date convinced anyone she would make a good president?

    November 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Thos

    She really needs to go away.

    November 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Roxie

    The obvious question is why aren't the Republicans ranting about Palin's censorship of the media?

    November 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Belgium

    It's good to be an American!! But only the vote counts. Our new comander in chief???????????

    November 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Anonymous

    "Only" 1 in 3 would consider her seriously as a presidential candidate? I think that is a staggeringly high and troubling number.

    November 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    A bizarre Pentecostal is no contradiction in terms. Attend one of their church services some day. Even Jesus would be amazed.

    November 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Gary Laramee

    Really, Palin was a "former Republican presidential nominee "???

    November 6, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Sharon

    Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate's statement about these restrictions being "bizarre"-"hypocritical" is BIZARRE in itself.

    Palin learned from the so-called Best in Washington. When behind closed doors, wrote the health care reform bill which only affects every American (present-future) Citizen.

    Obama has set his rules at some of the events!

    So Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate needs to be reminded about the politics of 2008-2009,

    For politicians–it is NORMAL!

    November 6, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Russell

    CNN , you must really have love affair with this air head , why is this news do some real reporting for a change , for the life of me what is this facsination that you have with this racist air head , I geuss it's time to start a blog for BOYCOTTING CNN ...................

    November 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. JakeJax

    I wouldnt pay a $1 to hear what that moron has to say

    November 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Tom

    Better she comes there instead of Texas. We got enough extremists here.

    November 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Can you imagine the brouhaha that right-wing low-brow extremists would raise if a Democrat, or God-forbid the President, would make a public speaking appearance and BAN the press...AND cell phones from the paying attendees???

    How conveniently GOPers like Sarah forget about things like Freedom of Speech, and Constitutional Rights, and the Freedom Information Act. The very same things their Tea Baggers like to march about. There is NOTHING in the Constitution that would stand in their way (see Dick Cheney/Shrub) in order for them to achieve their objective.

    Sarah is the poster child for GOP Hipocrisy, Stupidity, and Bigotry. But she photographs well doesn't she?!

    November 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Mike

    Sa Rah Rah has finally reached RW Rock Star status. No Press, cell phones, cameras, laptops, or recording devices of any kind. I hope they will be selling autographed pictures and Caribou Barbie Bobble heads in the lobby, I'd hate to see the minions to not have a small memento to remember such a great occasion.

    November 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. eb

    she is not running for president. I don't know why the media keeps on going with this guessing game.

    November 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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