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.......Nothing wrong with money, wish I had more. But I have a problem with how that money is procured. Perhaps I did not finish my statement. Sarah loves money, more money, and people she can sucker into sending her even more money. Put your money where your mouth is and send her a hundred bucks. See what good it does anybody but her.

    February 18, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Latino

    I love the way she continues to make most liberals fired up. Sarah, please keep bringing the subject up on what really happened in Benghazi. We deserve to know the truth!

    February 18, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. The Dude

    She will be there for the T and A factor evidently. She is easy on the eyes...until she opens her ugly mouth.

    February 18, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. John

    What monster has John McCain unleashed on America? It is her. Americans deserve it.

    February 18, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. For what it's worth

    Run Palin run... Run Palin run... Run Palin run... join in with me fellow liberals...Run Palin run... Run Palin run... like a dream come true for liberal america.

    February 18, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. hammeschlag

    Could someone please get rid of her?

    February 18, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. a little sad


    @Tom Paine
    Shining brightly? This country is divided now more than ever because of the president and his administration. Whether you agree or disagree with anything Sarah Palin says or does- she loves this country – which this president has proven he does not.

    First – please point to anything Palin has done that shows she loves anything other than money.

    Second – please give an example of anything Obama has done to indicate he DOESN'T love this country.

    February 18, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. sonnie3

    with all the foul talk about Sara/ one would think that she really hurt someone?
    It 90% negativity with out justifacation.
    I was taught that if you can't say something nice about someone–It is best to not say anything at all.

    February 18, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. freedom

    @Tom Paine
    We all sacrifice to make this country great. That's why we are resisting the current adminsitration's policies. He's bringing it down. We're all having to work harder to prosper less. That's not what this great nation is about.

    February 18, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Name lynn

    Whos want to hear from palin a loser, she not the president wife. Michelle dont have that much media on her, palin does why is the media talking about a lady dont know how to talk right.

    February 18, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. David

    Please, PLEASE let her get the nomination in 2016! Any nomination! We need Sarah Palin for the comedy vote – I LOVE how these Repubs fondly refer to her as GOVERNOR Palin – she quits after 1/2 a term in one of the least most populated states in the US – in the meantime, maybe she'll run for Mayor of Wasilla where she belongs

    February 18, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Oscar Pitchfork

    It's just another intelligence test to see how many fiction-bound, uncritically-thinking, Homemade American Morons,will actually jump up, re-invigorated, to see their surely-this-strong-willed-woman-can-save-us Hero back in the ring. Keep your eyes on the comments, folks, and get ready to pack your bags and 401k's for a trip to Costa Rica...

    February 18, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Oscar Pitchfork

    Sonnie3! Catch a clue! The piper that leads us down the path of un-dangerous gibberish is every bit as dangerous as the obvious nut case. She cost people time. Time and mental anguish as they struggle to see if anything she says has merit THIS time...

    February 18, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. ptarmigan

    next big gig... a has-been hack with nothing constructive to add to the conversation

    February 18, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Joepub

    @gregory21 typed: As stupid as she is, the people that give her money are supider.

    May want to brush up on that 5th grade level education of yours before you comment any further.

    February 18, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Pizza

    I'm sure they will dress her up real nice, but will she quit half way through her address ?

    February 18, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    Palin is an extremist who does not have the education or the most basic knowledge of the history of our country, how our government works, any diplomatic skills as she constantly embarrassed herself and the McCain campaign, and personally spread the digusting "Birther" movement. I live in NC and Palin was here and in a rally in a SC tonight close to where I live she spread so many racist comments on Obama, some people in the crowd were yelling "Lynch him!" I was horrified. This woman needs to stay in Alaska and watch Russia from her porch and let real leaders govern.

    February 18, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. blf83

    Unless Sarah the Boob Palin is having another enlargement of her chest she will not have any "big gig." She is so over – as if she ever "was."

    February 18, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Arlean

    As a White Supremacist she'll fit right in.

    February 18, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Mike

    So, I'm thinking she saw the Russian meteor from her house ??

    February 18, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. carlos

    how much is this guy Al Cardenas to put her again as a speaker??????

    February 18, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

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

    Prove anything I've said to be false. You can't and you know it.

    February 18, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. joejeffrey

    Well, I'm middle-of-the-road guy, not a true believer of the Left or Right. So I'm happy to hear this - it means the Republicans will pretty much be out of the running for 2016, unless they manage to wake up and figure out that their real hope is to quit pandering to the fools and fanatics, like Palin, start advocating fiscal caution (not "conservativism", which they have transformed into a word that means screw-the-vulnerable-and-give-to-the-rich)., and dump thie anti-abortion and religious extremists. I'd rather see two sane parties arguing it out, but if I can't have that, at least let's not have a repeat of the race-to-the-asylum 2012 Republican primary season.

    February 18, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. carlos

    will she pop out of the cake???????? hehehehe

    February 18, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. CryBabies

    @ For what its worth..What are you...a 3rd grader? You people make liberals look more stupid than what I suspect they might be.

    February 18, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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