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. shelmus

    cpac or is it the blind leading the blind

    February 18, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Hogan's Goat

    "She has to keep the money train going somehow " Once you become famous, you are going to have stalkers and security issues forever. Someone called her the "Corey Feldman of politics," still around after her fame faded, but Corey Feldman wasn't blamed for a lot of millionaires not getting their buddy McCain into the White House where he could pay them back. She NEEDS the money, no question there. Someday, someone's gonna kick down her back door screaming "You took a bribe from Obama" and she will need the guards and guns.

    February 18, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Aaron

    The defination of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Are you listening GOP?

    February 18, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. interested 48

    Her 15 minutes of fame were over years ago!!

    February 18, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. BobMD

    When this intellectual lightweight is still considered a leader of the Republican party, you know they're in deep trouble.

    February 18, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine


    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.
    How well did she do on abstinence? How about education? Truth is, she is a failure in all the things the Right claims to value, yet because she can bleat out the words liberty and freedom in a way that appeals to the delta-minuses that inhabit the Right they overlook her obvious record of personal and professional failure.

    February 18, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. ted

    Maybe if she took the stupid glasses off and showed some cleavage, she would be taken seriously. Nah. She would still be talking and we all know she hasn't any intellect to carry on a serious conversation.

    February 18, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Xavier S.

    Will she ever go away?????

    February 18, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. dallas321

    I guess it's safe to say GOP never learns from past mistakes and never will change.It's been long we all missed Palin mis-quotes.

    February 18, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Archie Foster

    What!!!!!!!!She still has the nerve to appear in public????????Well I'll be darned. Thought her day was over long ago. Shows how wrong I was.

    February 18, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. sick of it

    Really Palin why just get Newt or Santorum and say this is the new face of the Republican party.

    February 18, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Sharkartist

    When is this media whore just gonna go away? Who is she other than this woman who got plucked out of obscurity, helped McCain lose then quit her job as Governor and went on to just shoot off her mouth. Go away Sarah!

    February 18, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. bryan

    Can they stop referring to her as Governor Palin?? It'd be more accurate to refer to her as quitter Palin or failure Palin... Her 15 minutes were up long ago.

    February 18, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. yuri

    Only Jeb Bush seems reasonable (never mind previous Bushes). He appears as lesser of the several evils in the 2016, GOP presidential candidate line-up. Some of the scarier ones are Paul Ryan (medicare murderer), Rick Santorum (what a snob!), Rand Paul (who likes firing Hillary Clinton), and the dehydrated Marc Rubio.

    February 18, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. raven49

    If ignorance was a virtue, Sarah Palin would be a saint

    February 18, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. ks

    She is no longer the Governor!!!! she quit!!! Please go away

    February 18, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. scottf

    The ex bomb thrower with no brains has now been replaced withe new one-Ted Cruz who has brains but is totally a SOCIOPATH. Her new gig will be as a javelin catcher at the summer games.

    February 18, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Bart Flaster

    Please Please Please GOP

    Palin Bachmann 2016


    February 18, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. steve

    The best thing I can say about Palin is that she's a GILF 😉

    February 18, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. brian in denver

    It's good to hear from the Uber-Airhead. I was beginning to miss her unequaled goofiness...

    February 18, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. buttset

    I agree that she needs to shut-up and go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |

    You know the GOP is desperate when the opt to retread this hack Palin.

    February 18, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Palin is one SCARY B----!

    If you have not seen the movie Game Change, SEE IT! It is unbelievable@@ Palin is portrayed as clueless, arrogant, mentally unstable, and narcissistic. Julianne Moore does a phenomenal job playing Palin. The speech, the look, the movements are spot on.

    February 18, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. manyote

    Keep driving that nail deeper into that GOtP coffin lid. Love it and it makes the prospects for Hillary or whoever the Dem. nominee will be, much better at holding on to the Whitehouse.

    February 18, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. scottf

    The DUMBING down of America continues. The Jerry Springer show will be reopening soon. The material is to good to pass on.

    February 18, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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