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. rosie

    Charlie Brown's parents and all adults for that matter are always portrayed as trumpets in the cartoons on TV.That is what I think about when I see Sarah talking.

    August 13, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Jeff Cox

    Palin won't speak. They've already met their "wing nut" quota for the convention.

    August 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. rad666

    there is a god......................

    August 13, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. rewod

    Did anyone honestly believe they'd let her speak??

    August 13, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. susansbaker

    Because nobody invited you!

    August 13, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. ART

    Palin who? she already had her 15 minutes and keeps on trying to extend her time in the lime light, so to her I say be gone wicked witch of Wasila.

    August 13, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Blind_Leading_Blind

    Did anyone read or saw news clip about anyone asking her to speak? Why is this crook self-disinviting herself? She is a joke! LOL...

    August 13, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Earl Genter

    Romey/ Ryan pick for Chief of Staff ...GGOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Sarah !

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Curtis White

    Wow....... The GOP FINALLY got it! Ryans a much more considered choice. Hopfully the debate will be elevated. I'm under no illusion it will always be in good taste. But I think the intellectual level wil be higher. Better for America.... Game on ....A DEM

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Republicrat

    I really wish the media would allow this woman to fade to obscurity where she belongs. Whenever she speaks and her voice is carried by such large virtual microphones, the nation as a whole becomes a little bit dumber.

    August 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Awwww, shucks...........

    Wait, she has to speak...................I haven't heard her tired, worn out message in weeks.

    August 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. The Right Left

    One less embarassment during the convention. Good call Ryan / Romney.

    August 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Teddy

    Why would she NOT speak? Her latest gig, along with Huckabee, of encouraging Americans to spend their dollars at Chik-Fil-A so that the Chik-Fil-A president can forward those dollars to anti-gay organizations to stop avenues of dissent by gay Americans is about as Republican as Republican can get. She is the poster child for the party. Let her speak. Let her encourage others to decide who is human and who is not, who has human worth and who does not and who has God-given rights and who does not. According to her, many red blooded Americans are not eligible for all of the rights and freedoms bestowed upon us by our forefathers. Let her speak. Let her divide.

    August 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Clouds9

    palin will not be speaking because paul ryan will be speaking for her. Same ideas, same stupid backward thinking.

    August 13, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Judy

    She wanted to speak, but she thought it more important to show up at Chik-Fil-A and stomp on the rights of future generations of gay Americans.

    August 13, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. fryuujin

    no, you can't omit one of the top clowns in the gop show of fools

    August 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. ouisee

    That is the first thing Romney has done right since he started campaigning. Now if he would release his taxes, he may be on a winning streak!

    August 13, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. maestra730

    She made her reality-TV bed; now she has to lie in it. She's gone from being somewhat relevant to completely superfluous.

    August 13, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Edith

    She isn't going to speak? Maybe they will run their fingernails across a chalkboard and we will have the illusion that it is her speaking.

    August 13, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. J0nx

    She's not coming because the GOP is basically an offshoot of the Democratic Party now anyway and they do not want conservative voices in their midst now. It's filled with mostly RINOs who don't have a conservative bone in their body. Just look at Ryan's voting record. It matches Reid's and Pelosi's almost vote for vote on key legislation that affects the people of this country. There is literally no difference between any of these clowns. They are all owned by special interests and you guys buy into that partisan nonsense hook, line and sinker.

    August 13, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. EDDIE

    Well of course she's not speaking.It isn't "all about sarah".So she will take her toy's and go home.

    August 13, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Zach

    I hope they will review her last speech at a Republican convention to find out what not to say.

    August 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Carol

    Oh well, that is one Republican embarrassment out the door. Only about 100 more to go.

    August 13, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Yoshi Togukawa

    Too bad. You can't deny her entertainment value. She could have said how she sees Russia from her house.

    August 13, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Osilama Abu

    Sarah Palin,not speaking at the Convention!Thank God, at least we will hear less gibberish english from a Convention that will be filled up with clowns and illusionists.

    August 13, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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