After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC
January 5th, 2012
11:13 AM ET
2 years ago

After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC

(CNN) - Sarah Palin will deliver the closing address at February's closely-watched Conservative Political Action Conference after declining invitations to the annual event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In a statement Thursday, an organizer of the event said Palin was a "hero" to American conservatives.

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"Few national conservative leaders in America today energize and inspire our grassroots activists like Governor Sarah Palin. Her strong record of leadership, championing of our shared principles and magnetic personality have made Sarah Palin a hero to millions of conservatives across the country," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said.

Palin's appearance would be her first time speaking at the event, Cardenas said in his statement. Other figures who have delivered the closing remarks at CPAC have included Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Rep. Allen West.

Last year, Palin made waves when she declined an invitation to speak at the event, which has become a hot ticket for Republicans. A spokesman for CPAC said at the time that scheduling conflicts prevented the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate from attending.

In 2011, the event featured a number of current White House hopefuls, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Both Gingrich and Romney have confirmed they will speak at this year's conference, which will take place between Feb. 9 and Feb. 11. Fellow GOP hopeful Rick Santorum will also address the crowd of influential conservatives.

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Filed under: CPAC 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Who cares? This woman is beyond irrelevant.

    January 5, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Pragmatist

    Here we go... again! Back in the News!!!

    January 5, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Grog Says

    Bimbo must be running out of money.

    January 5, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Speaking of notable absences, we have the (now) rare Sarah Palin article on the ticker. Let it rip, Palin haters... the withdrawl must hav been just terrible for you to endure. This one should set records....

    January 5, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Lee

    A "hero" to American Conservatives? What has she done to be called a hero? Last time I checked, quiting your job, especially one you take an oath of office for, is not exactly being a hero. Did she serve in the military? Did she save a life? (making her daughter not get abortions doesnt count), did she do ANYTHING your average hockey mom couldnt do?

    January 5, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    If she made waves last year for not attending I hope she drowns for attending this year!! Just when you think they can't get any funnier and pathetic as they start dropping like flies here comes the witch from AK riding her broom. Any "viable" rethug candidate better keep away from her stink!! She might get you the crazies but she turns off more people than on and the world was a better place without her for months. I guess it got too cold in wasilla.
    Still waiting to see if she had any more work done. I bet then wolf man just can't wait!!!

    January 5, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. PT

    Wow! is the bully pulpit back?

    January 5, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Gregg

    Darn,
    I thought she was gone for good?

    January 5, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Emperor Norton

    A half-term governor from the middle of nowhere whose main political ability is parroting empty rhetoric is a "hero"?

    January 5, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Deni

    " In a statement Thursday, an organizer of the event said Palin was a "hero" to American conservatives."

    Wow. Obviously consevatives set the bar very, very low but they have demonstrated this in previous years with other talking heads. It's probably just as well...since they have no expectations they can't come away but so disappointed.

    January 5, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. jane

    Who really cares? I and most don't

    January 5, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Hanno

    Does she have another book coming out that she's trying to drum up sales for?

    January 5, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC"

    Afer well-deserved absence, Jabberwocky Barbie returns to CNN's Ticker.

    FIFY

    January 5, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Frank

    Just when one hoped she was gone from the GOP political circus tent for good, here she comes to CPAC. Cardenas says "strong record of leadership"-is he nuts? She resigned from her only serious leadership position to make big bucks!

    January 5, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Pale In Comparison

    Now that she's not trying to run for anything, I have no problem with Ms. Palin running around to talk to people who want to pay her to hear what she has to say.

    January 5, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. kenny

    SAY IT AIN'T SO. I wonder how much they agreed to pay her for her "Lip Service" and will she bring her entire Tribe with her.

    January 5, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. shoegazer

    Isn't about time to put Pandora back in the box? This woman has become more than just an annoyance,her narcissism has made her near unbearable to those who reside in the real world.

    January 5, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Welcome back Mrs Sarah Palin we miss you very much, YOU BET YA! we did

    January 5, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Larry L

    She proudly stands for the principle of "Republicans like cute women with no brains". Her record speaks for itself.

    January 5, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Logic in LA

    She is getting ready for her run with Trump. You know it's coming!

    January 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Get Real

    Run Sarah Run! You need to save America! – Love, The SNL writers

    January 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    That's nice. The Republican Party has stepped up their recycling programs.

    January 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. malcolm in St Louis

    A hero? Boy do they have the bar set low. What is heroic about her?

    January 5, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. ART

    Oh boy get the muzzle ready

    January 5, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. keeth

    "Her strong record of leadership"? I'd like to see that record.

    January 5, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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