Palin in conservative spotlight next month
February 18th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin in conservative spotlight next month

Washington (CNN) – One year after giving the keynote address at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Sarah Palin will be back to speak again.

The American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, one of the oldest and largest yearly gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country, announced Monday that the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, who recently parted ways as a paid on-air analyst for Fox News, will address the conference.

"We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March," said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. "Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2012 and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year."

CPAC is considered a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House. In the spring and summer of 2011 Palin flirted with a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but ultimately decided against a run. At last year's CPAC, which was held during the height of the GOP presidential primaries, Palin seemed to take some digs at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ultimately won the nomination.

"Our candidate must be someone who can instinctively turn right to constitutional, conservative principles. It's too late in the game to teach it or to spin it at this point. It's either there or it isn't," said Palin.

But she did add that the GOP "must stand united" behind their presidential nominee.

The day earlier, in an apparent attempt to prove his conservative credentials, Romney called himself a "severely conservative Republican."

Six Republicans who may be contemplating runs for the White House in 2016 will be speaking at CPAC: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate battled Romney deep into the primary calendar, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

CPAC, which turns 40 this year, will be held for the first time at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, in Prince George's County, Maryland. For years the conference was held at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in the nation's capital.


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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. rs

    Whenever McCain or Graham or one of the Republican obstructionists get on their high horse about "unqualified" candidates or nominees, I like to remember that McCain hand picked Palin to be his VP, someone literally just a heartbeat away from being President of the United States.

    Me thinks these people either believe the vast majority of Americans are incredibly stupid, or they themselves are so delusional as to think we cannot see their raw "Party First" menatality.

    Bye-bye GOP, thanks for playing.

    February 18, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. otlset

    Now there's your highlight of the conference right there. She'll overshadow all the other speakers there, guaranteed! Nobody owns a room like Sarah Palin!

    February 18, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Chris

    Does anybody else remember all those times she went after the president for using a teleprompter? I would ask everyone to please look at this photo again.

    February 18, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    For a party that is trying to rebrand it's image from the "stupid party," having Failin' Palin on your team doesn't help those efforts.

    February 18, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. yanni

    She definitely represent the conservative movement (brain dead ideology ) good for her

    February 18, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    I've had enough of CNNs love-fest with Sarah Palin.

    February 18, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Paul

    There is not a single candidate for 2016 on that list that can compete with Hiliary Clinton or Joe Biden. The closest may be Rubio, but he is very very inexperienced (it showed in his rebuttal speech). The only other one is Chris Christy who is popular now, but has a way of "insulting" people so a two year run for president will probably do him in. The country is now ready for another Bush (even though I think he would be better than most on that list). People of Wisconsin would "pay" to get Walker out of their state but he isn't known anywhere else. Looks like the Republicans will be stuck with another "tea party" candidate that can't win a general election because of their extremism.

    February 18, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Bill Davis

    We did pick a guy who can not make a budget and spends money like a drunken Fruit Fly

    February 18, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Linda

    McCain making remarks that Hagel isn't quaifited ...... is a slap in the faces of all Ameircans......remember he picked Palin and this is what he calls Quaified?........Palin is the reason never to vote for Republicans ever again......it's Conservative all the way or no way........Republicans will continue to lose with this kind of mentality...and with this bimbo speaking for them they are a lost cause........

    February 18, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. AE

    Palin HAS VISION, oh no I mean visions

    February 18, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Grady

    Who better to have as headliner at an Obama bashing festival...

    February 18, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Hogan's Goat

    Word is that she will juggle water bottles as she speaks, drinking them one by one for a big finish! Or maybe it was wine coolers?

    February 18, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. gramma nance

    RS,,,I couldn't agree with you more! A fine statement!

    February 18, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! She will enter the race in 2016 and PWN the entire GOP primary competition. She will also PWN whoever the DEMS put up if it is Hillary, Kristin Gillibrand, Biden, etc. She will usher in a new era of governance and end all the corruption that has run rampant in our government. She will also start an eternal line of White Conservative Christian Republican Women Presidents and Vice-Presidents.

    February 18, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin!

    February 18, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. ignatius ibsage

    sarah palin is one smart classy lady. best wishes.

    February 18, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Hogan's Goat

    "Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin!" Ha ha, that's pretty funny. The meanest thing anyone has said about her today. Did you not watch her fail repeatedly to be even a luke-warm vice presidential candidate, then leave office ahead of multiple ethics charges.

    February 18, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. d slocum

    Another nail in the coffin of the GOP! How sad. Palin could not get elected in Alaska again. She is totally incompetent. Her staff ran the state other than her totally unecessary budget slashing that nearly bankrupted most of the native villages. Her only qualification for anything is her appearance. Otherwise, she's a disaster.

    February 18, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Richard

    I'm pretty sure my cat could beat those six potential candidates.

    February 18, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Great that she remains a driving force in the Republican/Tea Party. Her continuing influence adds to the Republican/Tea Party intra-party disputes. This is to the Democrat's advantage in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

    February 18, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. PaulCat

    McCain said this woman is qualified to be vice-president of the United States and Hagel is unqualified to become Secretary of Defense! Megan McCain please help your dad before he make a complete fool of himself, if it isn't to late.

    February 18, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. bobpitt

    I think is fantastic Sarah Palin is at it again. one more reason to keep minorities and independents away from the tea party.. Good Job Sarah..

    February 18, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. skibug

    Her whole persona can be summed up with one colloquialism – YUCK.

    February 18, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Bill Davis

    We did pick a guy who can not make a budget and spends money like a drunken Fruit Fly

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, but he left office January 20, 2009 and things are getting slowly but steaily better. Remember, it takes less time to drunkenly trash the frat house than it does to clean up the mess while suffering from a hangover.

    February 18, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. ChrisG

    lol, and the GOP clown car continues

    February 18, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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