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. Jcrew

    We already heard what she has to say!

    August 13, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. guitarharry

    Palin needs to stick to reality TV; more suitable to her cognitive skills.

    August 13, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Sooverthis

    I'm disappointed! I won't watch it now!

    August 13, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. john

    She was expecting a speakers fee.

    August 13, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. psbfla

    The GOP want ad said they were looking for several speakers with excellent communication skills, which is why you didn't get the job, Sarah.

    August 13, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Mike D

    The GOP shows some sense for once. Palin is a sideshow train wreck. I can automatically tell if someone is a thoughtful conservative or a teatard by how much they like Palin. (Hint: If you think Sarah is totally awesome, do us all a favor and burn your voter registration card. Read up instead on Barry Goldwater to learn what intelligent conservatism looks like, then come back.)

    August 13, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Engineer in Raleigh

    Remember back in '08, when every Republican on the internet was saying how smart and qualified she is? LULZ.

    August 13, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Bleedingheart

    It's just not fair, she's the funniest person in the USA, a good looking gal, and we don't get to hear her speak. Thanks a lot Mitts.

    August 13, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. BOB FROM BRIDGEPORT

    Great news.... i couldn`t get excited about Palin if she was butt naked!

    August 13, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. HuPhartNgau

    The Obama camp is probably looking forward to the impending "grass roots" (read – the party doesn't want her) Palin campaign. When Sarah speaks; people snicker.

    August 13, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Madtown

    For the integrity of the English language, this is a good thing. In the name of huge amounts of comedy, this is a bad thing.

    August 13, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. John

    Sarah who?

    August 13, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Jim Brody

    Wonder what they paid her to keep her mouth shut?

    August 13, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. American People

    She's never said anything anyway. Now if Mitt Romney would show his tax returns for the last 20 years we might see the cheat he really is. We want to know how many jobs he's off-shored and how much money he's hiding in off-shore accounts evading taxes.

    August 13, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. blf83

    She has nothing to say despite her harpy shrillness.

    August 13, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. jason

    Ah, It is so cute that she thinks that they would even want her to speak. It is like turning down an invitation from someone who never intended to invite you in the first place. She is irrelevant.

    August 13, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Puddin

    I sincerely wish the media would leave the Palins out of their workday. This family is a bunch of opportunists, and the media plays right into their hands. I really think the public is disgusted with hearing about the Palin pack. I normally watch "Dancing with the Stars," but they are bringing Bristol, the superficial, back this year, so I won't be watching. I guess the producers feel she will help their ratings. I'm sure those who are tuning them out will enjoy some of the new shows coming out.

    August 13, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Dave

    Palin not speaking? There IS a God!

    August 13, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. Q

    What outrage. VP from last cycle not even allowed to speak. We want to hear the Moma Grizzly roar.....Mr. Ryan will soon be added to this same list.......Party On

    August 13, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. kim

    She is no longer a public figure. Noone should even care about her anymore.

    August 13, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. mitchmonster

    so sad.. she's almost as entertaining as Goerge W. Bush at trying to sound intelligent.

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. dizzylucy

    A gift from God to the masses! (See, Palin, other people can claim that too).
    My guess? She wasn't invited.

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. DIANA

    Why? Doesn't she have anything to plug – no reality show? This is all they need at the convention what with the whole process acting like a reality show. I expected Romney to have all the guys who he considered for VP to stand in a row and Romney go to the one he picked , (Ryan) with a rose and ask on one knee – "Will you be my running mate?"

    This might be the first Republican convention I actaully watch all the way through for the entertainment value.

    August 13, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Greg Posner

    Too bad, I was so looking forward to hearing her make a big fool of herself again...damn...

    August 13, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. kmac

    Dang– no clown for the show. Cons must be gettin serious.

    August 13, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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