Palin in conservative spotlight next month
February 18th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
5 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. just sayin

    at least palin wouldn't spend her whole presidency golfing, on vacation or campaigning. that seems to all obama wants to do. he sure deosn't know how to lead or govern. that has become painfully obvious,

    February 18, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Surfer George

    And they ("Conservatives") want us to take them seriously in the General Elections?

    February 18, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Dave

    It will be a short speech. She has small hands.

    February 18, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Evergreen

    With the exception of Bush (too soon after the last Bush) and Walker, this is the GOP 2016 lineup. Looks like they are going for the youth vote. Again, for the 100th time, it is your message not the messenger.

    February 18, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Rogue351

    Wow, the GOP / Tea Party has already lost TWO elections. They try but cannot seem to attract new voters. The GOP / Tea Party members of congress have proven time and time again that they would rather see the country fail completely as side with what the majority wants in America, As in true GOP / Tea Party style, and doing all that Palin knows how to do. She will stand up and speak about how bad Obama is. How the left, Liberals are destroying the country, Blah Blah Blah. Same thing you hear on conservative radio every single day. Will the GOP ever learn ? People like Palin serve only themselves and are ultimately dividing this country at a time when we as a nation should be working together. In the eyes of people like her and most of the conservative talk shores, negativity is a way of making money. They will do and say whatever it takes to accomplish this. But to what end ? A divided America and the total disintegration of the GOP / Tea Party, even if they had good intentions in the beginning those aspirations are evaporating more and more every time people like Palin speak. She is doing more harm that she is good and in typical Palin style it is hard to tell if she actually understands this or is merely doing it for the money. However, as with many in the GOP, a strong united America will never come before an individual making millions of dollars. Romney is a prime example shipping job overseas. Another being the NRA and the GOP support and how could anyone forget about the greed Bush jr. allowed to run rampant which ended us in our current situation. Will they ever learn, the answer is NO. Vote each and every GOP / Tea party member out of office until which time they have ideas that work for American and not against it.

    February 18, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Will she be checking coats at the front door, and who will replace her after she quits? Dick Morris?

    February 18, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. rs

    just sayin

    at least palin wouldn't spend her whole presidency golfing, on vacation or campaigning. that seems to all obama wants to do. he sure deosn't know how to lead or govern. that has become painfully obvious,
    George Bush holds the record of an average of 9 weeks of vacation per year for the duration of his Presidency.
    Mr. Obama, three weeks.
    Stop whining!

    February 18, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. freedom

    No one energizes a group like this girl. She rocks! Unlike the democrats, we welcome many strong voices to speak for a common theme of Liberty, Freedom, and Prosperity for all. We don't blindly follow manipulators like Obama and the Clintons.

    February 18, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. works for me

    This "pick of Palin" certainly shows, in vivid detail, the direction of the Republican party. They've totally lost their mind!

    February 18, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. budshot

    Oh, man. Will you conservatives NEVER learn??

    February 18, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. rs

    Come on "conservatives". If you intend to attract voters, you need to use credible, intelligent people as speakers. Ms. Palin is a hack who failed to complete any of her elected or appointed terms of office. Her record stands. Mr. Jindal gave the GOP a perfectly clear, and rational bit of advice- "stop being the stupid party". Palin and her "message" (if it may be called that) IS stupidity personified.

    February 18, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. cbr

    If you thought Ms. Palin would fade away then think again. Conservatives do rally behind her. She is paid for each of her speaking engagements and she commands a pretty high price. She is making millions that's for sure.

    For those who criticize the President for going on vacation just remember that he is on duty every day even if he is "on vacation.' As for his speaking engagements across the country you must know that the Republicans have thwarted everything he proposes. Unless the American people make waves the Republicans will continue to do nothing in Congress. The immaturity of our national leaders is very scary. They are so me oriented that they cannot value anyone else' ideas.

    February 18, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine


    No one energizes a group like this girl. She rocks! Unlike the democrats, we welcome many strong voices to speak for a common theme of Liberty, Freedom, and Prosperity for all. We don't blindly follow manipulators like Obama and the Clintons.
    Right. Of course she energizes groups like yours, since screaming a word salad at a group of delta-minus intellects always has that effect. As for blindly following manipulators, well, ever notice how much the righties parrot back whatever is uttered on FOX, talk radio and the rest of the rightie blogosphere? Independent thinkers are called RINOS now. You run them out of the party at Sarah's insistence. Nothing quite like a purge to energize your side, eh?

    February 18, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Kris Jackson

    Yeah ... the Romney campaign all over again. New talking heads doing the talking, but essentially Romney again. That sounds like it should work, right? Well, if you can keep the blacks and Hispanics and gays and young people from voting, that should work out just fine.

    February 18, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. jb1963

    I guess no real republican wanted to speak so they had to settle for the village idiot

    February 18, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Dr Albert

    I love this woman....she is like the kid in the classroom that holds up his hand for every question the teacher asks, whether they know the answer or not..

    February 18, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. J myer

    Wonder how much she is getting for this gig? She has to keep the money train going somehow and convince her followers that she is thinking about running in 2016, so she can get them to send her money. I would think the group could find someone with some intelligence. and without the vileness and hatred that Palin spreads wherever she goes.

    February 18, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Simm

    Palin is the Paris Hilton of the CPAC. Energizes a crowd, but no one with a brain knows why.

    February 18, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. godoflunaticscreation

    Palin is like the Corey Feldman of politics. Her 15 minutes were up long ago yet she keeps popping up in b rate films, or in this case comedies...or would it be a tragedy?

    February 18, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Quixote


    And if you wqnt a simple way to know who not to vote for next election, just get the list of attendees. This is as close to a simple complete list of the crazy cotillion in politics as you can get.

    February 18, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Skeeter

    A captive audience made up of the only people willing to listen to what this twit has to say. The country, in whole, certainly has demnonstrated its lack of interest in her yet she still feels the need to cling to another five minutes of fame by opening her mouth and vomitting more bias upon anyone willing to lend an ear.

    So sad.

    The GOP is so far past right field they don't even realize they are no longer in the park, much less in the game, and haven't been for years. Already misguided and unable to find their way with a GPS, a roadmap, two flashlights and the assistance of a state trooper, they somehow feel that this Ex-governor (not Governor) self-serving half-wit somehow provides them with some level of benefit.

    They certainly deserve each other!

    And another thing – I am SO tired of hearing her referred to as "Governor". Anyone who walks out of office, or is removed from office, does not deserve to, nor should have the right to retain honory title. That is just so wrong on so many levels, and yet it persists. There is something seriously wrong with that !!

    February 18, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Foreverwar

    Thanks, Sarah for all the votes you have brought to the Democrats. You are the gift that keeps on giving.

    February 18, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    " Unlike the democrats, we welcome many strong voices" You are obviously slow to realize that the Democratic Party is a group of small parties and fellow travelers instead of a unified group of True Believers like the GOP. Anyone who disagrees with the GOP's Party Line is immediately called a RINO and attacked by Grover Norquist. Anyone who disagrees with the Democratic Party's platform is called a Democrat and given an eyeroll and a facepalm. Apparently everyone knows this but you.

    February 18, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. blake

    Palin is not a good political candidate. But she is a great advocate for conservative values and principles. I love the fact that she so easily gets under the skin of the far left media. Keep up the good work.

    February 18, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. pjones006

    Isn't Mrs. McQuittyPants 15 minutes LLLOOONNNGGG over?

    February 18, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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