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. M-W-T

    FOX got rid of her!!!!
    this person is an IDIOT
    this is the person everyone thinks of when they stick their finger down their throat.....and.... she's also stupid

    February 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. John

    This Is what wrong with the Republican now,to many conservative that like Idiot like Saran Palin and other that don't have any sense. And this Is why the will never win again until they changes.

    February 18, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Name lynn

    Palin is not the president nor is she the president wife. Why is the people talking about palin, shes a done deal in speaking an very sorry in talking, media please find another lady to talk about not palin.

    February 18, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. derp

    Half term quitter from from the frozen tundra who has never done anything more than that.

    Perfect spokesperson for the GOP.

    February 18, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Brons69

    And why are we supposed to care??
    Must be a slow news day to resurrect Sarah whats-her-name.
    She show stick to speaking at car wash openings!

    February 18, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Freddie the nose picker

    If she stood up there but naked and they shut the mic off maybe it would be worth seeing

    February 18, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. calvin

    Why must we endure such punishment from the media with the likes of sarah palin & the kardashians? WHY?

    February 18, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Lilli

    Who pulled her out of the moth-ball bag??? One thing the lower 48 does NOT need is Sarah PALIN!! Its becoming more apparent every day that the GOP is the party of yesterday. Move FORWARD!!

    Hillary 2016

    February 18, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. B

    Sara Palin's political career is just like Carnival's Triumph cruise ship...dead in the water!

    February 18, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    It would appear as though some people are upset by the bashing of Sarah's intellect, as well as that of other conservatives. Palin accomplished nothing as a governing figure, and she has done nothing as a private citizen except further the divide that already exists in this country. CPAC is nothing more than a feel-good excercise by the Right, but this does nothing to heal the fundemental problems this country faces, namely the Balkanization of this country. When the Right stops trying to deny people rights and starts to address problems rather than ignore or name-call, than they will start to revive. The reaction to Palin has to to with the fact that she is a symbol of the overly-simplified solutions the Right has screamed out over the last decade. Gone are the days when Jack Kemp could offer a subtle, nuanced solution that offered people dignity: now, its just slash and burn because the Rich "deserve" more. Its no longer about a thoughtful interpretation of the Constitution or any law, its about Rand Paul saying that if its not explicitly named in the document, get rid of it or defund it. Palin is merely the end result of decades of over-simplification, scorning learning, scorning other viewpoints, its just scorn, period. And when that contempt is returned, the Righties scream that they are victims of a PC culture. Quit whining, you created this, deal with it.

    February 18, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Ted Carter

    Awesome! Losers promoting Losers

    February 18, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine


    @ 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.
    Our beacons of intellect are shining very brightly, thank you. Rewire your bunch for some higer voltage, and they might stop losing and actually accomplish something.

    February 18, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    You are looking at the reason why 8 million republican voters stayed home on Nov 6.

    February 18, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Joepub

    LM@o at the leftie comments. No fan of Palin, but anything that gets their p@nties in a knot makes my day. Enjoy the Obama Koolaid economy fellow paupers.

    February 18, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. contessa

    Who cares???

    February 18, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. NotFooledByDistractions

    Now THAT'S the way to increase the relevancy of the republican party. Promote a backwards bomb throwing nitwit. Well done GOP.

    February 18, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. ken in nc

    I sure wish Palin would run for POTUS. We need some fun in the game.

    February 18, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Lisahh

    Is that a TELEPROMPTER? Sarah has gone to the Dark Side. lol

    February 18, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Tom

    Sarah Palin has been invited to speak, are you kidding me? Are they also going to have Clint Eastwood chat with a chair?

    February 18, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. g

    there will be a least 10 new words in the conservative dictionary .just got to find a meaning to go with the word

    February 18, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Michael in Houston

    Got to love the GOP....they just dont get it. I dont think they ever will. Bless their hearts....they are extremely sad and clearly confused.

    February 18, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Ozzie

    She's simply chronic.

    February 18, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Papaw Nick

    Just one time I wish the media would introduce one thing Palin has done that was unethically or unlawful. She can't compete with the king of adultry Bill Clinton, Jessie Jackson Jr., Ted Kennedy and his dead campaign worker, Edwards. Sanford, etc. The NY Times got the 19,000 e-mails and guess what nothing written about them yet. Guess they couldn't find anything.

    February 18, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    Why do we care. We don't so CNN please stop reporting on anything this whackadoo does. She's irrelevant.

    February 18, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Since she's using a teleprompter, I guess that dispells the notion that Palin can't read: the only remaining question is, at what grade level?

    February 18, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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