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. stateschool

    Good news for Romney & Ryan, bad news for comedians.

    August 12, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    Yes, Rally. Rally as in cheerleader. Yes, Ive done it I've defined Sarah Palin. She is a cheerleader. That woman's not done. She's sharpening her tools to come back and run for president. Have mercy. How come she just won't vanish into obscurity. Duh, it's the money.

    August 12, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. Kevin in Atlanta

    Nooooooooooo!!! Along with Trump, this was going to be comedy gold!! You can't have a circus when one of the clowns won't show up...

    Pfft, guess I'll watch something else.

    August 12, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Skeeter

    Darn, and I so wanted to hear her mutilate English grammar some more for comic relief!! Such a disappointment ;-(

    August 12, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Total2199

    Sarah was finally shown a door...what a pity!

    August 12, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Paul Williamson

    Her 15 minutes of fame are apparently over (thank God)

    August 12, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. jinglebuddy

    Anybody still seriously interested in what this thing has to say? Ever?

    August 12, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. SC

    Watch out now. Mama grizzly is mad. Save your breath. It won't make a difference whether you speak or not.

    August 12, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Translation: She's read the reviews and realizes nobody wants to hear her whiny voice again... ever.

    August 12, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Mr. Thanatos

    Oh, John McCain, what were ever thinking????? You had it won until you invited that train wreck to join the ticket! She sank you.

    August 12, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. gmenfan54

    Gee...I wonder why?

    August 13, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Gizmo

    Blah! Blah! Give it a rest, Sarah! No one gives a damn what you have to say or think, not even your own party which is why you're not attending.

    August 13, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Thank God

    The GOP marginalizing crazy-folk is a welcome step forward.

    August 13, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. Orso

    Hey Sarah, your own party is giving you a hint. Time to hung the wig and call it quits.

    August 13, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Angela Birch

    She is in a snit. Did she think Romney was going to pick her?

    August 13, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  16. shawn

    oh thank god...she is going to disappear!

    August 13, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. rob

    Best decision she ever made.

    August 13, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  18. roy

    Well this is a big relief to not hear her talk maybe in time we won't have to see her again.

    August 13, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  19. Kevin

    it's very comforting to know how the idealism of crazy is settling so nicely into the running of America.

    August 13, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  20. Mike

    It's official – Paul Ryan is the new Sarah Palin.

    August 13, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. Joe

    Romney / Ryan 2012. Now that's "Hope and Change" Americans can believe in. Bringing Americans back together again after the damage caused by the Obama administration.

    August 13, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. retief1954

    Yeah. I wouldn't want that embarrassment back at my convention either, if I were them. Don't worry though Repubs – we haven't forgotten what a real symbol of your party she is.

    August 13, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  23. Pat in IL

    Just out of curiosity....who on earth would want to hear her speak at the convention??

    August 13, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. We are Penn State!

    From 'hero' to 'zero'.

    August 13, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. mariosphere

    Good news, bear Barbi will not be speaking. Bad news, she thinks she can connect with independent voters. What fantasy planet was she born in?

    August 13, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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