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. TMoney

    Good move on the part of the GOP. Yes. She was probably told to stay out of the limelight for 15 minutes to allow the party to showcase their candidates. She's a massive distraction of noise that the Republicans don't need at this time.

    August 13, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Thatguy371

    "Palin Will Not Speak At GOP Convention"

    First good idea from a repub in a while. Somehow it sounds very strange.... like hearing geese ferts on a muggy day for the first time.

    August 13, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  3. sayitstr8

    okay, now that the gop has done the nation a favor and silenced this know nothing quitter, how about if the news media does the same so rational people can think without her inane noise mouth going off and then do the right thing and reelect the only hope this nation has of undoing Bush's disaster, which the current nominee for the gop would only make worse.

    pretty please.

    August 13, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  4. Eric

    Interesting, now with the wildly popular London Olympics now closed, to reassess Mitt Romney's assertion that they were poorly organized. Wonder if he's going to flip flop on that?

    August 13, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. advocatusdiaboli

    Of course she won't attend if she isn't in the limelight. we've seen enough of her to know what drives her: ego and greed and we know she abuses power and lies. Cheney is right: McCain's choosing her was a death blow to his candidacy. THe convention will be better without her.

    August 13, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Phillco

    Palin is a has-been that all she ever wanted was celebrity status! She even embarrasses the most staunch Rebublicans.

    August 13, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  7. 21bejay

    I feel sorry for the Palen Family, tey have been used by the manipulators in the parry. It get to the point that they lost the innocense that she started with in het quest for public good.
    Palen was not money or prestige seeker. She was abused, and now thrown out. All we can hope for is the lesson that Palen has started with. Have a sense of humor and the will to be your neighbor's keeper.

    August 13, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  8. IndTexas

    Thank You Lord Jesus!

    August 13, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  9. scott

    sure...the base dont trust mittens and mittens people and polls show that if idiot sarah from alaska speaks, on his behalf, the rest of america wont trust him either

    August 13, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  10. Ken in NC

    Maybe there is hope for Romney yet. To date he has made 2 good sound decisions. (1) He has not asked Palin to screech her voice at the convention. (2) In an effort to give full support to the Obama Campaign, he has chosen Paul Ryan as his VP. This way, after the November election he can return to the "Mittness Protection Progam"

    August 13, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. ThankGod!

    Run Republicants! Run as far away from Palin as you can! She'll be running for her seat in Alaska soon as her 5 years of unearned fame comes to an end.

    August 13, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Sorry Moose-o-lini, your 15 minutes have expired.

    August 13, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. flowersunshineandgymsocks

    Is anybody here? Someone thought that Palin was a Mormon like Romney, but they had one too many m's in the description.. Look at all the posts Sarah you still are relevant?

    August 13, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. Andrew

    She is too kooky for even a convention of kooks.

    August 13, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  15. sickofitinca

    As far as I am concerned, Sarah Palin is a historic figure. the day she went to Arizona and endorsed the Progressive John McCain over JD Hayworth – a conservative, she is a fond memory of someone that had a future in politics and is now a millionaire without a home. She can run around the country endorsing people and doing her schtick and write her books and make her money, but in my eyes she is NOT a conservative. She sold herself to John McCain over a true conservative. What a really rotten thing to do.

    August 13, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  16. enuff

    Poor Sarah's been kicked to the curb. How fickle are the republican men? As far as congress working with the "new" president, why won't they work with the current president? That alone says alot about Palin's grassroot initiatives.

    August 13, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. NanookoftheNorth

    What, no Palin bashers and ugly jokes yet ? You all must have carpal tunnel from all your past rants...you betcha' ;-)

    August 13, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  18. scamtannehill

    Well ! Guess who's fifeteen minutes are up finally. Time for this big mouth to hit the Rotary Club circuit. Remember all the people you stabbed in the back on the way up cause they won't forget it on your way down. Six months from now the only tea paryt event you will asked to attend will be a Chinese Buffet in Ohio.

    August 13, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. anthony76

    Palin is one woman who pushes Independents away.
    Her venom only functions to rally the base, and energize the extreme Right.
    And even now a days, her yapping falls on deaf ears. Her 'nails to chalkboard' screeching has turned off ANYONE with a working brain. And she was next in line to the most powerful office in the land? Scary.

    Now we have Ryan... another Right Wing extremist. When will the RNC learn?

    August 13, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  20. Allen

    this is too funny...she's more than likely not speaking/speeching because she wasn't asked to! lol...anyone can blog oh I'm not going to speak this year blah blah...I might not even go...yeah Sarah your lips keep moving and all I ever hear is blah blah blah...

    August 13, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  21. alex

    thank god

    August 13, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  22. Islam4fools

    Thank you for doing this world a favor by shutting your mouth, Ms. Palin.

    August 13, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  23. Aristotle

    I was looking forward to her reading from the T-party teleprompter known as the palm of her hand.

    August 13, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  24. illed

    She wants to rally independents? That's why she's not speaking at the convention, because of the independents. Good luck rallying them at grassroots level, Sarah.

    August 13, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  25. Dave Seavy

    It's best she doesn't speak – anywhere. It seems when ever she opens her mouth, she slams just about anyone and everyone. Palin seems to have an endless amount of pent-up anger and likes to vent at every opportunity. While most politicians realize criticism goes with the turf, and it's nothing personal, she takes every critical remark and turns it into a personal front. When you're in the public eye, you're going to be open for criticism – no way to avoid it.

    August 13, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
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