Palin will not speak at GOP convention
August 12th, 2012
08:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin will not speak at GOP convention

(CNN) - Sarah Palin will not speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee said in a statement Sunday.

"This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I'm excited to hear them," Palin wrote. "As I've repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path."

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In her statement, Palin did not say whether or not she would attend the convention, which is to take place in Tampa at the end of this month.

Palin spoke at the 2008 convention as the vice presidential nominee, and charged in her Sunday statement that her "predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced community organizer's plans to 'fundamentally transform' our country are unfortunately coming true."

READ MORE: Palin makes brief mention of Ryan, Romney in V.P. statement

Mitt Romney's campaign and the Republican National Convention have unveiled a partial list of the convention's primetime speakers and have promised to release more, as some major names - including Palin's - have been absent.

The announcement comes the day after Romney announced House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. ohreally

    OHHHH NOOOO looks like the GOP has had enough of the Palin Show. She's not attending, because she wasn't asked.

    August 12, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Thank GOD

    August 12, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. lyn

    "Back on the right track", you mean the same track that took us to disaster?

    August 12, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Nor will GW Bush .

    Why would Romney want to be reminded of who he supported the last twelve years ?

    What I don't understand is why anybody would vote for a guy who's been running for over seven years . Who back in 2007 said nothing about the economy . For such a great businessman , he sure didn't have a clue there would be a banking meltdown.

    August 12, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Georges Gautier

    They are smart enough not to let that woman open her mouth at the RNC....enuf damages done....

    August 12, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. GOP puts "$" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    Looks Miss Irrelavent for 2012 can no longer find any venue willing to pay her speaking fee!

    And we know at least some one in the RNC must have a Neiman's or AMEX card with a $100,000 credit line(oops, maybe the rube in FL has not paid off his balance yet)!

    Looks like missy better hope those Alaskan episodes make into syndication on FOX!

    August 12, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    could this spell the end of Palin-mania as we once knew it?

    August 12, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Darryl

    The Republican, T-Party, GOP does NOT want her anywhere around. She wasn't even invited. Romney's already a disaster, he doesn't need anymore help. God only knows what he'll say next. But now he's got his buddy Ryan. Thats a good thing. But Mitt has to realize it is HE that is running for POTUS not Paul Ryan. I've watched his N.Carolyna speech today and I was suprised Mitt let Paul Ryan take the Lead at the event. Is that how the speeches are all going to be ? Ryan takes the LEAD and speaks first ? LOL...LOL...Too Funny ! And he wants to LEAD the COUNTRY?

    August 12, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Hey, Mittens got anymore of those 100K jobs at Bain for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe?'

    "I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path."

    Would that be like the "focus" you gave Ms. Steeleman when you helped serve up "cooked goose" at her BBQ?

    With friends like you...

    August 12, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Bootstomper

    This is classic,2016 GOP convention Paul Ryan won't speak or show up.

    August 12, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. bob

    There really is a god.

    August 12, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. labman57

    Originally, Palin was going to be invited to speak at the convention, but then the planning committee decided to make it an "English only" affair.

    August 12, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. DW

    Boo Hoo

    August 12, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Romney is trying to turn the pagr on Palin by picking the geeky, bookish, Ryan in contrast. Will Palin finally get it and exit stage left?

    August 12, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Gary P Jackson

    Stupid move by Romney. Sarah Palin is a super star. In 2008 her speech was the most watched VP acceptance speech in history. Since then she's become a political powerhouse.

    August 12, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. krehator

    She is a disgrace and would do more damage than good. Smart move GOP.

    August 12, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. ExPAVIC

    Another elitist, arrogant, egotistical Sarah Palin type American Taliban Republican. Just give him time and he will step on his own neck, just like Sarah did in 2008.

    August 12, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Phil thomas

    I guess Mitt and the RNC want to stay on script and don't want Sarah oing Rogue lol

    August 12, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. David Reston, VA

    Palin is the leader America needs. Obama is toast in November!

    August 12, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Republican who supports President Obama

    My prayers have been answered. now I wish the rest of the GOP would follow suit and not speak. They have not done anything worthy of a convention or a platform to speak on.

    August 12, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. artraveler

    Good. Now can we also determine that she isn't newsworthy and ignore her. Maybe if enough members of the MSM did it, she would just crawl into her corner at FAUX.

    August 12, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That reduces the crap that will be on TV since she isn't going to speak.

    August 12, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. snow

    You go girl, we can get rid of that liar obama, hair plug biden and take the majority in the Senate this election and then start turning this country around where there is opportunity for all who are willing to work for it.

    August 12, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. george of the jungle

    AW that just breaks my heart. so ready for the circus to begin.

    August 12, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. MittDaTwit

    Here's hoping they change their minds, and let SP speak. I love hearing her say " Barack Obama...." in every sentence. And let's allow Pat Robertson, Gingrich and Limbaugh address America again. I never laughed so hard whenever they spew out their beliefs at a RNC. Some priceless comedy coming soon.

    August 12, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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