January 7th, 2010
05:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin to speak at major GOP event

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not be speaking at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, but she has accepted an invitation to speak at a higher profile event that could have implications for the 2012 presidential race.

Palin will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of Republican officials, donors and activists from 14 southern states, organizers announced Thursday.

"I'm looking forward to addressing conservative activists from across the south at the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference," Palin said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity to listen and speak to those who are helping to set the direction of our party."

A Palin confidante said the governor is not being paid to speak at the event.

Political watchers will be paying close attention, and not just because several potential presidential candidates are expected to attend. The SRLC - "the most prominent Republican event outside of a Republican National Convention," the organization boasts - also conducts a presidential straw poll.

The straw poll has had a mixed record of predicting future electoral success. George W. Bush, who was then governor of Texas, won the poll in 1998, two years before his presidential bid. But former Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist, who never mounted a presidential bid, took first place at the 2006 SRLC.

"We're excited to have Governor Palin join us in New Orleans. She represents the future of the Republican Party and will be a huge draw for conservative activists from across the country," SRLC Director Charlie Davis said in an accompanying statement.


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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. MCOnative

    Someone needs to tell her that IF she were to win the White House she can't just quit after three years because it's too hard or people are picking on her.

    January 7, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. LA

    The more the Libs spew their hate and show their real colors, the bigger Sarah Palin becomes...she must be doing something right!haha...Go Sarah!

    At least she's not an outright liar, like someone else we all know...Transparency NOT

    January 7, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Izzy

    Hoping for something better than Obama at this point and even she is better than the idiot I voted for in 2008...OBAMA WAS A BIG MISTEAK....sorry America

    January 7, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    The only people that support Palin are loser middle-aged white men who couldn't get laid if their lives depended on it. Getting to watch her on TV is as close to porn as the trailer-trash wives allow their husbands. By the way, she's not attractive at all, and she's getting older and dumber every day. Good luck with that!

    January 7, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. malclave

    Yay, another thread to let the libbies demonstrate that all they have are their hatred and intolerance.

    Not that anyone needs more proof of that, of course.

    January 7, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Jose

    You'all bring your crayons. The coloring books will be provided (for a free donation fee of course).

    January 7, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. jeff cothren

    I have heard in Washington circles that on Sarah's short list for VP running mates is Jim Bunning of Kentucky.

    January 7, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Bill

    Way to go, CNN! She sure puts the fear in 'em. Causes 'em to be illiterate. I guess it's her 'cause most of 'em are.

    January 7, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Izzy

    Millions cheering her on....even those who voted for Obama like myself....Obama will be history America wants to forget!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    I am a Democrat that supports the Republican party in it's effort to make Sarah Palin their Presidential nominee in 2012. I will even go so far as to work in states that hold primaries to help her win the Republican primary. Democrats really need Sarah Palin to run in 2012.

    January 7, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. jeff cothren

    With Sarah the nation will have the opportunity to have the first FEMALE president getting caught having sex in the oval office!

    January 7, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. vicki

    Let's all hope she is the future for the GOP...we dems won't have a thing to worry about!

    January 7, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. carlos

    ........and after spewing all her hatred, she will pole dance to the enjoyment of those CONServative white haired hypocrites

    January 7, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Ray Conne.....

    Please!!!!!!!!!!!! run for president LOL

    January 7, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. carch

    wow, a republican speaking at a republican convention...why is this news? Must be a slow news cycle with two wars, terrorism, the economy and healthcare. At least CNN was able to go a whole week without a Palin story. Baby steps.

    January 7, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. jeff cothren

    with Sarah the nation will have an opportunity to have the first FEMALE president, her daughter and husband caught in the oval office having sex with the White House staff

    January 7, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. jeff cothren

    With Sarah the nation will have the opportunity to have the first FEMALE president, her daughter and husba

    January 7, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Mike - Las Vegas

    I just can't wait for Quitter Palin to exclaim "The South Will Rise Again!" All the Teabaggers will wet themselves with excitement and then shuffle back to their double-wides to see if they can see themselves in the background on Faux News. Will she be bringing all the prop children with her this time as well? So GOP, that's the future of your party eh? I guess you don't have much of a long term future then. Thank goodness for that.

    January 7, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. lewci

    This really speaks volumes for the republican party...Are you now resorting to listening to the intelligence of Palin, who disgraced you, humiliated you and misrepresented your party? PLEASE give her the nod to run in 2012...cant wait, what a joke

    January 7, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Reggie from LA

    I just don't...what is this? You are either qualified to be national leader or you are not. This "let's keep showcasing her until she looks really qualified" game is so, high school, and folks buy it. Sad. I don't hate her or fear her. I just know she's a pawn. Winning is the only goal at any cost and she sure can stir up a bunch of sore loser votes by appealing to angry groups. It's evident that her agenda is not for all Americans, just the real ones. Gimme a break.

    January 7, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Scott, Tucson

    I love it when the lefties here berate any commenter's critical of their boy obama and his gang, as hate speech but think nothing of the same when they attack Republicans or anyone who disagrees with them. Hypocrites! But don't worry though, you folks can run your mouth off at the next Republican president after the 2012 elections.

    January 7, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. jeff cothren

    With Sarah the nation will have the opportunity to have the first FEMALE president, her daughter and husband caught having sex in the oval office with White House staff. ALL will produce illegitmate children that could be offered on EBay for adoption but only if you shoot a mouse in the Rose Garden and at least one other person in the face. Dick Cheney has said he is available for the "shoot"!

    January 7, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. PK California

    Speak???????? I thought she was going to walk down the runway in her bikini! There will be a lot of disappointed men at that GIG!

    January 7, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Marrisa, ND

    Good, she is the face of the GOP clowns, she should speak every chance she gets. It will make winning the election to re-elect the president in 2012 even better.

    Talk on Sarah, talk on.

    January 7, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Sarah Rocks!

    Loved your book - it was GREAT. You are one smart, caring, patriotic woman!

    January 7, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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