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. vadkov

    The best choise Romney made

    August 13, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  2. John

    Best news all day!

    August 13, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  3. albert

    " I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box"
    Very interesting choice of words. She doesn't support Romney as President, she only supports whoever wants to replace Obama. At least she is smart enough to realize that a President of the US has very little power which is why she is throwing her support at various members of congress and the senate.

    August 13, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. vadkov

    There are a lot candidates for VP such as Rubio, christi, etc but thisi is one of the best.

    August 13, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  5. Freddo

    FINALLY ... Palin leaves the stage.

    The clouds are going away ... the sun is coming out. It's a new day, and we can all breathe a bit easier.

    Until the next lunatic comes along.

    August 13, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  6. eric

    I thought i was reading about the pit bull who adopted the goat.

    August 13, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  7. rich

    Good

    August 13, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  8. lostisland

    Let her speak – please – it will only help get Obama re-elected.

    August 13, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  9. topconservative

    LOL! What is she going to do, scare people away from the GOP again?

    August 13, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  10. n

    So who cares. They used her like a disposable dish rag!

    August 13, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  11. vp

    Because she is a divisive embarassment to the Republican Party.

    Thank you Steve Schmidt!!

    August 13, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. Jack in Florida

    Thank you God!!!!

    August 13, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  13. stars

    Who cares nothing she say make sense anyway.

    August 13, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  14. ray

    go back to Alaska.

    August 13, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  15. wgf

    "I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base "

    Really ? She thinks she has the ability to rally Independents ? Laughable.

    August 13, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. Jersey George

    The RNC is relieved and the DNC is disappointed.

    August 13, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  17. Vincent

    They must have decided to try and make some effort to bring in intelligent discussion at the convention. Now please make sure Bachman and Santorum also stay quiet, and perhaps the party can start regaining more of the independents it lost.

    August 13, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  18. John

    Someone needs to tell her to stop bashing community organizers now that she resigned from office to be a community organizer. Doh!

    August 13, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  19. imnotconfused

    There is a God!!!!

    August 13, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  20. Danno

    I heard Mr. Rogers will not speak at the convention either.

    August 13, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. 2T

    Ignored by the big boys -as she should.

    August 13, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  22. Charlotte

    Oh, darn! I guess the GOP didn't want the world to be able to laugh at their expense (yet again) and heap yet more ridicule on their absurd so-called 'leaders' (as Palin clearly sees herself). Well there goes some good comic relief, too bad.

    August 13, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. CJ

    Nice spin . . . but she won't speak at the Republican convention because she was not invited to speak at the Republican convention. Not everything is Ms. Palin's choice.

    August 13, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. DJ Reality

    Finely the GOP does something smart.

    August 13, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  25. KC Yankee

    It's like a dream that this woman was once on a presidential ticket. Think how far she has fallen in 4 years.

    August 13, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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