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. Reaper

    If we all can restrain ourselves from talking about this dumb person, maybe she'll eventually go away. <-Ironic I know

    August 13, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Jill Jones

    Sarah who?

    August 13, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  3. gar


    August 13, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  4. John

    "...her "predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced community organizer's plans to 'fundamentally transform' our country are unfortunately coming true." –Palin. Given her party's unrelenting opposition to anything that might help the economy (because it would Obama look good), it's a wonder the Dow has almost doubled, house prices are up, unemployment has dropped for thirty straight months, and corporations are making record profits. But, then, he passed the Affordable Care Act, which helps millions of people obtain health insurance, and that can't be good.

    August 13, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  5. Imjesayin

    Could the 15 minutes FINALLY be over?!

    August 13, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  6. SixDegrees

    Wise choice on the GOP's part.

    August 13, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  7. david

    What is it with Republican presidential candidates and their pics for VP? Seriously, Paul Ryan's baggage is just and big as Sarah's. End result? Another Democratic Electorial College landslide. Take two red states (FL and AZ) and turn them blue just to win WI? Seriously? Who pays these people to think? This was an opportunity to win the Presidency that was just totally squandered.

    August 13, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  8. tcaros

    Is that a promise??? I was banking that she'd say something stupid... like Obama pals around with terrorists or something dumb like that.

    August 13, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  9. bob

    15 minutes of fame is OVER

    August 13, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  10. Sam

    There is a god...

    August 13, 2012 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  11. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Get Rush Limpbag.
    He is solid republican, a first rate hypocrite that can fill Palin's high heels and prove obama death panels.

    August 13, 2012 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  12. n2video

    I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that she was offered a non-primetime slot, but her ego is so inflated that she said primetime or nothing. So the campaign said, "O.K. Nothing then." LMAO

    August 13, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  13. Sean

    "This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I'm excited to hear them," Palin wrote.
    In words written on her palm to remember: Note to self, even the GOP doesn't want to hear my psycho-babble anymore!

    August 13, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  14. DEBBIE

    Sarah will you please just go away? You do nothing but harm the GOP. You have nothing to say anyway.

    August 13, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  15. Socrates

    Sarah is old news.

    August 13, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  16. RBSG

    Palin who?

    August 13, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  17. JT

    And there was much rejoicing...

    August 13, 2012 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  18. Brian Smith

    So she won't speak, but will she do other 'favors' while she's there?

    August 13, 2012 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  19. Johnny Test


    August 13, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  20. Gizmo

    BLAH! BLAH! Give it a rest, Sarah! Nobody gives a damn about what you have to say or think, not even your own party which is why you're not attending. OBAMA/BIDEN, 2012 AND BEYOND!!!

    August 13, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  21. Joe

    Probably wise, the gotcha media would want to ask her questions like what she had for breakfast.

    August 13, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Not speaking...Thank God !

    August 13, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  23. DonnerParty

    "He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed." –Sarah Palin

    August 13, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  24. db

    oh oh

    August 13, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  25. Daystar

    you do not have anything worth while to say. just go back from where you came.

    August 13, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
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