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. Joe The Plumber

    Guess Romney doesn't want to remind people of the last "game change" VP and how that worked out.

    August 13, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Not having Ms. Palin speak at the convention is an excellent decision. Palin has nothing positive to add to the Republicana ticket. She is yesterday's mistake.

    August 13, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. trex

    ..............Awhhh, ...COME ON........We miss the Amazing Mama Grizzles (sic on purpose). Mama Palin can skip up to the mic and spew her "Alaskan Logic"...(dont you just feel bad for the people of Alaska, to be thought of that SHE is the smart one?) Maybe, with luck, Palin could instigate a WAR..............with Ireland............just to change it up a bit.

    August 13, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. CTYank

    Who is interested in listening to such an ill-informed, pusillanimous lightweight? The Reps have yet to learn that the general populace is not interested in who/what they hate, but what they are for, as reflected in how they would govern. From recent past examples, that's not good.

    "Country First." Then look at what Boehner's or Dubya's record. Pathetic.

    August 13, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. mgc tampa

    Nice spin Palin, they didn't want you plain and simple. Your grating voice and silly persona is not wanted and we thank the gods that be for this gift!!!

    August 13, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. Bart

    She has nothing substantive to say (Romney says this campaign is about ideas, so not surprised). She is a shameless self-promoter and not not be there, just like Donald Trump, who it sounds, won't have a prime-time slot. They need to kick the goofy kids of the train.

    August 13, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    this will not signal the end of Simple Sarah and that's both good and bad. Her mere presence solidifies the know-nothing part of the party and how they do nothing but damage their reputation with thinking americans. The bad part is having to listen to that shrill harpie voice screetching her lies and thinking she has anything relevant to say

    August 13, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Lynsu

    Palin won't speak at the GOP convention? Thank God for small favors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Dolores Flores

    Good idea,they do not want to stick her foot in her mouth like she has so many times in the past.

    August 13, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  10. Norma Vessels

    Sounds to me like some Republicans are jumping ship .. seems ironic that it should happen right after Paul Ryan was picked for Vice President to Mitt Romney .... although, since most everyone realizes that neither candidate comes even close to the intelligence and forward thinking (for the people like you and me.) No .. the very first things Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney would do, would be to dismantle everything they could ... the new health care that will come together completely in 2014, even though the parts of it released already have helped so many. They will go after Medicare .. then take away food programs, (they call it welfare) I call it Life sustaining programs. They will take away a woman's right to health care. The list goes on. No, they won't do it all at once .. just bit by bit, so we won't really notice what's going on until it's too late ... and we have to get another Democrat in office to clean up and fix the huge mess all over again!

    August 13, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. runymede

    I really believe that Palin is miffed and her feelings hurt that she was not picked for the VP nod.

    August 13, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. bushfailledus

    yeah .. she wasn't invited..

    August 13, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. ST

    This woman is good for nothing. She recruited extremists and sent them to Washington in 2010, now see what the damage they have caused there. 12% approval so far. She still want to send more and make sure nothing will be done. Is this what McCain brought her for?? It is really absurd.

    August 13, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. anothermuse

    This is actually promising for the GOP. She of course isn't making way for new voices, she wasn't invited. Maybe the GOP has realized they don't need to pander to the far right. What are they gonna do, vote for Obama? No...Maybe , just maybe R2 can try to make rational arguments focused at the middle.

    Yeah, I know...probably no chance of that.. But one can hope

    August 13, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. BigdaddyUSA

    Will she also speak out against Obiden?

    August 13, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Kenny K

    Is ex-president Bush speaking at the convention? Is McCain speaking at the convention?

    It looks like the most recent highest office holder, or potential highest office holder, GOP want to associate with is Ronald Reagan.

    August 13, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. charles

    who cares?

    August 13, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. Boo

    There's no money in it for her...why should she?

    August 13, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  19. Jack from Illinois

    Choosing to not have Palin address the Convention is the smartest thing the GOP has done this year.

    August 13, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Geoz

    I'd guess that the GOP is looking for more heft than she has, but the tea party is still there even if she isn't.

    August 13, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. BG

    Big surprise, palin is the type of person, like john kerry that assume people exist to provide her with position

    August 13, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. abby1


    August 13, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. streetdude66

    Go figure

    August 13, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. W.G.

    What´s the differance ? Ryan , Palin , both have the worst in mind for America .

    August 13, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. BinaryTooth

    Excellent article. This should keep everyone's eye off the economy and give Obama time to fix it. Stop your blasting of Obama. He was handed a pile of you know what from Bush. No one could have fixed it.

    Obama 2012

    August 13, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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