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. jeff cothren

    With Sarah the country will be open to the new possibly to have the first president who is a female admitting that she, her daughter and husband enjoyed sex all together in the oval office with white house staff. All produced illegitmate children who were offered for adoption on ebay. Winners will be required to shoot at least one moose in the Rose Gardan and to shoot at least one person in the face. Dick Cheney is available.

    January 7, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Jared

    I don't understand how libs hate Sarah because she's "dumb"... but at the same time, they want to give all the uneducated, nonworking, drains of society money/insurance/homes... everything...

    Not that I'm against helping the poor. Because I think it's a good thing. But, why all the hate for someone?

    January 7, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. rb

    Sarah makes my teeth hurt.

    January 7, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Albert K. L.A., CA

    This is not news. Palin is a stage struck fickle quitter and is always seeking a new stage to standd on. Beauty pageants, TV sportscaster, political stages, the book tour,... you name it. She quits and then seeks a new stage while biting the hand of who ever helped her reach the last stage. She and Bush are evidence that the Rebublican Party are not fit to lead. Palin's four year degree took six years to complete because she repetedly quite midway and transfered five times to four colleges in three states. "Major loser to speak at a major GOP event" is not news!

    January 7, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Bob, SC

    Being from the South, I may be unique, but I don't want to listen to her. Just more of the same garbage. I do wish she'd go back to Alaska.

    January 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Russ

    It a shame when one party describes themselves as activists instead of public servants. It sounds more like a terrorist group than a political one. However the bigger point here is, the continual speculation that this idiot will run for president. She may run for the nomination of her party, but will surely fail. Her Republican buddies talk highly of her now, but wait until she enters the "race". If you think Obama and Clinton went at each other, wait until you see this dog fight!! Sarah will go home, tail between her legs to never be heard from again.

    January 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. big papa

    Sarah is their God...

    ...and they should perish with her...

    January 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. t.from

    Is that airhead for real? Why does she not stay home with her young children and give them the attention any child needs while so young.

    January 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Danni, SC

    Okay, if you are a Republican you don't have to be smart, you don’t have to read, or write, or know geography, and you don't have to tell the truth. It would be good if you hunted defenseless animals FROM THE AIR, which makes you more of a coward, oh and you don't have to practice what you preach– at nauseam to others. Like abstinence while your daughter and her raging hormone boyfriend are getting to know each other in your living room.

    She's a hypocrite of the worst kind, but then again she's a Republican.

    January 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Joe

    My God but she makes me sick!

    January 7, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. StevieB

    Assuming she bothers toshow up. She has an established habit of agreeing to appear somewhere and then cancelling at the last minute.

    January 7, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    How nice. Palin/Hannity 2012

    January 7, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. big papa

    Sarah Palin, Dick and Liz Cheney and their co-conspirators...

    ...should ALL be put out of their misery!

    January 7, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Don

    Why spend so much time following what John McCain and Sarah Palin are planning for 2012. President Obama, will run again in 2012, and since, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, President Obama has, The United States, and the american peoples best interest, soly in mind, with every decision he makes. He will continue, daily, to earn our TRUST and easily be re-elected. I look forward to trusting President Obamba...CSPAN? Sarah who? I'm just sayin...

    Happy New Year!

    January 7, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Jasmine in Germany

    What happens if someone asks a question that Palin's team didn't prepare her for? Oh, I guess there won't be any questions.

    January 7, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. m smith

    Maybe she can get togeather with Ray Stevens and do a duet. What a joke this party has become. Tea baggers with the IQ of jello following these wing nut traitors. They make the terriorist stronger every time they try to bring down our government. What a sad group of dim wits. The repo party use to be a party of intellegent people. What happened? Haven't we heard enough from her and the Cheney's. None of theses people are relivent.

    January 7, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Bush's Favorite Things: Blanky, Bikey & Nappy

    Which teabagger will have their hand up her back to move her lying lips?

    January 7, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. HAWK IN TEXAS

    Did you all read about how she lied about her buisness with the oil companys in alaska? every thing that she said about it in her book was a lie.and talking about her quitting as governer she did the same thing on a panel before she became governer. and the republicans just keep showing their stupitidy by keeping this nut around.

    January 7, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Peter s

    I wish and pray they dare nominate you again in 2012!! It will be a walkover for the Democrates!!

    January 7, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. wonders

    she's the future? good bye GOP :)

    January 7, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. ShiWms Phx AZ

    sarah palin... the uneducated lady from Alaska who wants to play POTUS until the job is not fun anymore then she'll quit.

    Sarah, someone is lying to you. You are not qualified to be POTUS. Go on vacation go pretend to write another book....just go away already.

    The majority of the people will not vote for you to become POTUS.

    You and yours would trash the White House!!!!

    January 7, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Phyllis

    All of you liberals come out with your hate against conservative don't you?

    How do you like the 'change' you got in 2008? No need to list the details of what's happened since Obama was elected. All of you liberals keep abreast of the real news don't you?

    And to your nasty remarks regarding the south, why is it more Yankees are flocking to our beautiful region? More food for thought, the South is indicative of what Americans want.

    January 7, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. me

    Sarah's Tsunami continues :)

    January 7, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Jean

    It's sad that when this woman dies, it will actually be in newspapers. Never has someone done so little to be so well known.

    January 7, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. liz

    The stupid leading the stupid. Here's hoping the moderates in that God forsaken party come to their senses and bail before it goes down in flames.

    January 7, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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