Palin will not speak at GOP convention
August 12th, 2012
08:26 PM ET
6 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. Joe

    Has it been 15 minutes already?

    August 13, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Jenny Rome Ga


    August 13, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. teararound

    At least we are spared that.

    August 13, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. vikingslost

    Of course, Sarah Palin did not like her options for the Republican National Convention, by her handing out campaign fliers at the door. Sarah is ticked about those options and the major reason for her deciding not to attend this year's convention.

    So now, Fox News will use her as a contributor to the campaign season.

    Aren't we the lucky ones?

    August 13, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Yeahona

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz doesn't take much to be news these days.

    August 13, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Rosslaw

    So who is going to replace her as the brains of the GOP? More breaking news-there is no "Ryan Plan", i.e. nothing to score, absolute refusal by Ryan to discuss how he suggests paying for his tax cuts, reference to cutting subsidies which the Republicans declared earlier they will not touch is illusory-more "trust us" from the masters of disaster.

    August 13, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. JD

    Wow a smart, non-whiny decision by the Reps...
    I miss the Joe the Plumber was a good laugh.

    August 13, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Sodapophead

    I didn't know she could speak without someone to tell her what to say, what a poor example for the GOP.

    August 13, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. james

    It's "ok" Sarah, we don't need to hear you speak anymore. We now have Paul who can lay down the right wing attack on us average middle class Americans. Let the debates begin.

    August 13, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. CarolinaGirl

    She was not invited to speak. That is the smartest thing Romney has done so far.

    August 13, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. thinkergal

    Sorry, Sarah; you remain yesterday's news.

    August 13, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. alien

    There is a GOD!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. harmless

    unqualified and inexperienced is exactly what SHE is. I am trying to understand why people support her, and why she keeps throwing in her 2 cents. She is the SNOOKIE of politics. All fluff, not substance.

    August 13, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Juan S

    That's great news... who wants to hear this nonsense lady.

    August 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Lokka

    The best service ever.

    August 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. GwynniesPapa

    Sorry Palin says in a statement that she will not be speaking at the convention. CNN and others please tell she was not invited.

    August 13, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. RN0901

    As a Republican I am appreciative that Mrs. Palin will not be speaking at the RNC. She has positive and negative attributes (as we all do), but it is time to listen to other voices prior to the election in November.

    August 13, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Mark of Tennessee

    Finally her 15 minutes are up!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Samsdad

    Glad to hear this...Mrs Palin plays a specific role in the party, but she is a visible link to the last failed election, and she is far more valuable campaigning for GOP senators in key elections that could lead to the GOP regaining essential control of the senate.

    August 13, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Ian

    Too bad, she would have been the comic relief.

    August 13, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Mark of Tennessee

    There goes the opening comedic act!!

    August 13, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Sametestsameresults

    Even the GOP are starting t realize that Sarah Palin is a bunch of hot air and not doing them or America any good. Now if can just get the media to stop listening to her we will have made some progress.

    August 13, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. madness

    Anytime she talks, it's a win for the other side. Disappointing...

    August 13, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Mark of Tennessee

    Paling what cha going do
    When the GOP doesn't want you?

    August 13, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Creepy

    She is yesterday's trainwreck. Time to move forward to the next one.

    August 13, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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