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.

Filed under: CPAC • Sarah Palin
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. ericstinson

    Why is CNN still covering Caribou Barbie? Will someone in the news department please stop covering her?

    February 18, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Really?

    she gives this crowd all the red meat they can handle which in turn means they give big donations to a losing cause.....go Sarah!

    February 18, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    What does this say about the Conservative movement? All the talk about moving beyond the base is moot with this lineup, with the exception of Bush. He is the only one with an actual record of reaching out byond the traditional GOP base, and because of that, he will be disqualified from the GOP field, in the eyes of the activists. No red meat from him means no presidential run. The conservative movement are clearly the most reality and intellectualy challenged in a party of Stupid.

    February 18, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Candace Clough

    keep doing the same things and keep getting the same results,,, definition of crazy

    February 18, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. RomneyWho

    Because of their stubborn pride, the conservative right will continue to be on a direct coarse with destruction thus sealing their inevitable extinction. At the end of this inevitable journey, a mushroom cloud lay waiting, because they would have crashed and burned . . . 😦

    February 18, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Alec

    Wait. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and Rick Santorum are all scheduled to speak at CPAC, but CNN chose to focus on Sarah Palin's presence at the event instead? I'm wondering at what point we can safely claim that Palin is no longer news-worthy.

    February 18, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Dave A.

    Stupid addressing stupid!

    February 18, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. RF

    Will she give only a half a speech since she quit as Alaska's governor?

    February 18, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. DJR

    Outstanding of course. In an ever shrinking community of God and rights for individuals it's good to stick with what works.

    February 18, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Every time Palin speaks the collective IQ of the Republican Party drops by a point or two. Considering where the IQ of this flock of fools starts (We don't need Latinos, African Americans, Asians, etc. Mitt is going to win by a landslide. Polls by Fox news are real-other polls are lies. On and on and on), they may end up in negative numbers before the next Presidential election.

    February 18, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. freedom

    @ Tom Paine @ Hogan's Goat
    And who are your beacons of intellect?? Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Obama (can't think without a teleprompter), and let's not forget Hilary – who bellows "What difference does it make" – how, why and where our ambassador was murdered.

    February 18, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. pkrbkr

    Sarah, just go away......though I kind of like the way she helps the Repubs continue to look clueless!

    February 18, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. San Antonio

    Will the idiot be reading notes on her palm?

    February 18, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. irishadian

    In the words of the immortal Bugs Bunnny..."What a maroon. What an untra maroon!"

    February 18, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. kathy

    They should open the confernece by first showing the film Game Change....then introduce the moron to speak. You betcha. close we came to getting it SO wrong and having that stupid woman as VP or even president. It's frightening. THanks a lot for that John (The Penguin) Mc Cain.

    February 18, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. bill

    The GOP will never be a relevant party again. America spoke in 2008 and in 2012 with Obama sweeping every single one of the swing states and we'll speak once again in 2016. The GOP has almost destroyed this country and now it's time for all republicans to exit to the right, and take all thoose tea party fools with you.

    February 18, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Pablo695

    So her next big gig is – NOTHING!! Is it any wonder why the GOP had it's ass handed to them during the last election? The best the conservatives can come up with is Romney and Palin??? McSame and Rove?? Loser Gingrich and his harem of ex-wives? Weasel Cantor trying to "Re-brand the GOP"? (aka SOS-DD) Really? That's your best?

    GOP's future is looking mighty bleak, and largely due to it's own ineptness...

    February 18, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. thinkingperson

    Rubio, Paul, Ryan, Palin, Santorum, Bush and Walker. Talk about a cast of characters! ALL of whom would be a disaster for this country!! (Does this country REALLY want another Bush in the White House???)

    February 18, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Ben

    When I read the headline, I though that Sarah was going to star in The BIggest Loser (special ruels edition).

    February 18, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Wendy

    Sarah Palin–freedom of speech gone haywire!

    February 18, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Ben

    OMG... Look in the picture. Sarah is using a teleprompter. OMG Say it ain't so. I guess she ran out of writing space on her hands.

    February 18, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Don

    Time to start writing notes on your hand again sister Sarah.

    February 18, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. TPF

    She is irrelevant! End of story!

    February 18, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Wow. I figured after Roger Ailes dumped her from Fox, that she would be a pariah on the conservative circuit.

    February 18, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. here we go

    As long as there is a place in conservatism for SP, there is no place for conservatism for me.

    February 18, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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