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. Mi Poo

    THE GOP wants Sarah to fade away. They want the collective memories of all Americans to be wiped so that there is no recollection of this nut ball ever being selected as a VP candidate. She did more to damage the public's opinion of the Republican party than any other single individual in history. It's going to take a long time for them to get any credibility back.

    August 13, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  2. Mitt_the_tax_shelter_expert

    No votes for Mitt_the_tax_shelter_expert!

    August 13, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  3. Dave

    Well, think about it. The last time they let her speak, she got Obama elected. They can't take that chance again!

    August 13, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  4. babooph

    Like Ryan,she is a good speaker...

    August 13, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  5. Bob from Pittsburgh

    I am shock..... NOT.... the on;y reason to have her blubber at the convention would be to get out some other tralier trash out to vote, Ryan is much more elocuent and educated than plain.. and that makes him more dangerous..

    Palin was not invited..!!!

    August 13, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  6. EffortPA

    . . . "and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents". . . Good luck with that!

    August 13, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  7. Ken

    Smartest thing she's ever done

    August 13, 2012 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  8. UsayWha?

    Is replacing Obama the only thing the Republicans have on their agenda? At some point are they actually going to address issues America is facing? Or is focusing on replacing Obama all they have?

    August 13, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  9. Sergio D. Monterroso

    Why would they want her to speak? I'm sure they will have a lot of idiots speaking, she would just add to the list.

    August 13, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  10. Anonymous

    thank goodness

    August 13, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  11. Reddog9500

    Well, that's a relief.

    August 13, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  12. logiin

    Maybe they can get the actor from the new movie "Iron Sky" to be there? Look at the trailer on 'tube to see what I mean.

    August 13, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  13. Reddog9500

    Heading up the list of speakers at the convention will be Ted Nugent, Poster boy for the GOP.

    August 13, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  14. ronjayaz

    Y is everyone in the Party against Sarah Palin? Will she defect to the Tea Party or start her own party?.Rmoney's a twit, Ryan's tryin', McCain's a pain. What's ailin' Palin? Too low class for Republicants?

    August 13, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  15. WillB

    Reminds me of the night McCain lost and Palin tried to give a speech but got caught on her way to the mic and they shut off the power to it; then turned off the lights so she had to crawl off the stage in the dark. Stickers around Tampa that are the hottest now are "Sarah Who?"

    August 13, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  16. NoKidding

    She continues to talk s if she is soooo important!

    August 13, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  17. Kathy n Indiana

    Good, she's a windbag anyway. Maybe she'll be pushed aside and just go away.

    August 13, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  18. NFLD thought

    The true story is that her hands are not large enough to hold her notes.

    August 13, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  19. Tom

    Why not? She has something to say every day of the year for the last five years regarding President Obama?

    August 13, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  20. Minesa99

    In other words, she offered but they haven't returned her calls.

    August 13, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  21. Tom

    I pray President Obama, gets re-elected. Obama / Biden 2012. It begins with us.

    August 13, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  22. Joe Schmoe

    Glad to see she's finally seen as has-been by the Republican party. Too bad they never realized she was a "never was".

    August 13, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  23. mslisac363

    Do we really care?

    August 13, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  24. kjfuller7

    Thank goodness! Maybe after this election we won't ever have to hear another word fall out of Sarah Palin's mouth. Hopefully Ron Paul runs as an independent to fracture the presidential vote and moderate Americans turn out at the polls to get the tea party idiots out of congress... including Paul Ryan! oh, to dream... K!

    August 13, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  25. TJK54

    Does this signal the GOP is officially over The Quiter ?? One can only hope ..

    August 13, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
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