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. don in albuquerque

    @freedom...Loves this country? Celebrates liberty? Sarah Palin??????????????? Maybe in a Benito kinda way. Sarah loves money, and more money, and anyone she can sucker in. Sound familiar GOTP?

    February 18, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. max

    Just another bright shinning star in the party of stupid

    February 18, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Chooch0253

    Palins next big gig? Pole dancer at your local strip club.

    February 18, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. JerseyGeorge

    It's nice to know that the CPAC and GOP traveling circus is in full swing again. I wonder if they'll ask "The Donald" to be honorary-ringmaster. By all means, I hope Palin gets as much print and TV media over the next four years as possible. They'll be doing the DNC a big favor. I can envision Karl Rove reaching for aspirin as soon as the story broke. 🙂

    February 18, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Shay

    This tells you a lot about the intellect of the Republicans. They are a bunch of idiots!!! Why in the world would they get Sarah Palin???? This woman is a nut case, and she can't talk!! The college that gave her a degree should be decertified!!! Conservatives want to hear Sarah??? They are really hard up!!! Goodbye Republican party!!!!!!

    February 18, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    I can see Palin has some of you people's attention. Being Conservative is a common sense point of view, not a Political point of view. The question is, will another Empty Suit get elected, probably not as they are mostly non existant or so insignifant to be noticed. The Liberals want to do great things, they just want to do it with other people's money. Unfortuntantly they are about 17 trillion in the red. Obama is in constant campaigne mode when he need to be working on the problems of the country, the liberals put in place. Keep on dreaming.
    Conservatives have been doing things with other people's money, at least, the rich ones have. They've been doing it with the money from the middle class for decades. Why do you want to subsidize them?

    February 18, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Bruce


    February 18, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I love this list, they just keep running the same losers time and time again, with the same old losing policies that are at least 30 years old. they are rejected time and time again. The republicans are the gift that keeps on giving. None of these people will ever be President. They are just taking all the republican rubes money which I just love, they have more money than brains, call themselves patriots when nothing could be farther from the truth. Facts mean nothing to these people, if something doesn't fit in with their philosophy they just make it up or lie. They care nothing about this country, they only thing they care about is their self.

    February 18, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. judi

    who cares, she is a nothing

    February 18, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    The Quitta from Wasilla will never run again for public office because she knows she'll lose. She does have good instincts on how to fleece her followers and keep her name in the news. Guess that's something ... pretty much qualifies her to be a Republican ....

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    February 18, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Sharon Honacher

    I STILL don't get why anybody wants to hear what she has to say. It's all about money and more money, and nothing about that would truly benefit our country or its people. All talk, no substance.

    February 18, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. freedom

    What's wrong with money? People from all over the world come here for the incredible opportunities to grow and become prosperous. But under this president, those opportunities are ending one by one. You've been brainswashed to think that making money is bad. This is the land of opportunity – and we want to keep it that way!!!

    February 18, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. idiotsabound

    @anonymous., Nothing you have to say has any value, except of course in your diseased mind.

    February 18, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. TomGI

    The GOP/TP liar in chief Ted Cruz will be the closing speaker at the CPAC. There need not be a better reason to avoid this GOP loony bid event.

    February 18, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    @ ThinkAgain....More fodder for your small little mind. Why not try to "think once in a while"?

    February 18, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. HighwayBill

    LOL. She still is the face the gop wants to trot out as the face of 'conservatism'. The march over the cliff continues. It's kind of fun to watch these buffoons.

    February 18, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    What's wrong with money? People from all over the world come here for the incredible opportunities to grow and become prosperous. But under this president, those opportunities are ending one by one. You've been brainswashed to think that making money is bad. This is the land of opportunity – and we want to keep it that way!!!
    I'm in sales, and i've made more money under Obama than I ever did under your lot. Bought myself a new house, had it built, actually. If you want to end up like a South American oligarchy, vote for the GOP. You're the one who is brainwashed, either that or you don't work hard enough or smart enough.

    February 18, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Colorado

    Does anyone really think this country ever elects another Bush???????????

    February 18, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. gregory21

    As stupid as she is, the people that give her money are supider.

    February 18, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Dean


    wow, if someone as ignorant as Palin can find ajob then anyone should be able to do the same.. it also says so much about her employer that nothing further needs be said. It is also amazing to think that she was actually employed by Fox as an analyst. This has GOT to be the bottom of the barrel in terms of options, surely..
    -----------Wondering why you are ashamed of your name. Being a bigger loser than Palin would be my guess.

    February 18, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Madtown

    For fans of comedy, this is great news! Which "big" words will she write on her hand for this speech? And, who will actually write the speech she'll read off the teleprompter? It will be good for a few laughs, no doubt.

    February 18, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @freedom: There's nothing wrong with making money; it's a fact that Blue states are more affluent than Red ones. Red states' incomes are rising faster coming out of the recession than Blue ones; the big drivers of this Red state income growth? energy and government benefit payments such as food stamps.

    Hmmm .... government benefit payments are helping people in Red states get by and get ahead as we come out of this recession. Do those Red state folks know that? I bet if they did, they'd all immediately stop accepting any aid because, you know, they are part of the 47% that is bringing our country down according to the GOP and their bumble-headed presidential nominee, Mittens Romney.

    February 18, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    P.S. To my post: My source about Blue state vs. Red state income is the USA Today, for all you who like to look up stuff.

    February 18, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Chat Pata

    Michelle Bachman made her look smart, and so our favorite cartoon character is back. Thanks Michelle.

    February 18, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Expat American

    The likelihood of a Conservative President is diminished further each time this hateful, unintelligent bigot opens her mouth; and the Benny Hill soundtrack starts playing.

    February 18, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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