February 10th, 2009
06:47 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin won't be making CPAC appearance

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/10/art.palin1.gi.jpg caption="Palin will not be attending this year’s CPAC, confirm organizers."](CNN) - Sarah Palin will not be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington later this month, her office confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

The Alaska governor had been expected to serve as the headline attraction at the three day event, which is also scheduled to include conservative icons like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter. The presidential straw poll conducted at the annual Washington gathering is widely viewed as a reliable bellwether of conservative support. Several of the GOP’s past - and potentially future - presidential hopefuls are also slated to address the gathering, including Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Palin spokesman Bill McAllister did not give a reason for the governor's decision, but did agree with one organizer's explanation that it would be difficult for the governor to visit in the middle of the state’s legislative session.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who recently launched SarahPAC to assist conservative candidates and cultivate a national network of supporters, visited Washington late last month to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner and several private events.

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soundoff (491 Responses)
  1. Anne

    Peggy, you are absolutely correct in that you have just as much right to free speech as anyone else on this site. But I have some bad news...prepare yourself...not all of us are Christians. Take a deep breath now, I know it's shocking. So it follows that if not all of us are Christians, then we probably aren't forming our opinions or making decisions based on whether Sarah is a "good Christian". In fact, some of us might argue that she doesn't look much like a good Christian at all.

    February 10, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Jean

    Government is too big... he wants to grow it.

    Congress spends too much... he promises more. Taxes are too high... he wants to raise them.

    His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

    The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes... raise payroll taxes... raise investment income taxes... raise the death tax... raise business taxes... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

    You zombies were warned. How is that change working out for you.

    Once you begin a great movement there is no telling where it will end –
    President Regan

    Support and donate to SarahPAC.com

    February 10, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Jerry in Toon Town

    ..he he he..woo woo woo..ha ha ha..sorry..just haven't stopped laughing since I heard that womans first words come out of her mouth..

    February 10, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Bret

    Is it possible she has learned that no one actually cares what she has to say? I doubt we could be so lucky.

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    you people who talk about hate for Palin must need read the junk printed DAILY on these pages about President Obama and even his wife. Maybe that's because it's people like you that are WRITING it!

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    I think she was Reminded that she is the Gov. of Alaska.

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. carol

    MelissaM – Sarah understanding her priorities? Not so far! If she is not jumping in front of the camera these days to promote herself, someone has put a bug in her ear to stop making a fool of herself.
    She would not be able to answer intelligent questions anyway.

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    i like her, but i dont think she's "the one".

    Republicans (like me) seriously need to start looking to someone with Liberatarian views...our party has sold us out for years

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Jen

    Okay, what does that mean? "Sarah Palin will be the Reagan to Obama's Jimmy Carter." It makes my head hurt.

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. digger

    RUSH IS RIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Preach1

    Please stay home Sarah, we really do not need you, ever.

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. fred

    Thats to bad, she should have went there and B^&^%ed slapped the Dems for wanting to put our country in a tail spin with there new so called stimulous plan.

    February 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Joe

    I hear Sarah is upset that she won't be able to wear some of Coulter's clothes.

    February 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. DrMan

    The Dow tanks 400, the stimulus bill is going to put us in hock for decades and this is the news? Of course, anything to divert attention from the liberal debacle unfolding before us.

    February 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Dina Levine

    Good for you Sarah – finally a person that is real. You know what's best for your state. I wish we had you for the whole country. We wouldn't be headed for this horrible depression via Barack Obama.

    February 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Chelle

    so freakin what!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Gary

    CPAC if you hurry you can get Barnum and Baily to send a couple clowns. They won't be as funny but much more intellegent.

    February 10, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Rush, Newt, Ann??? Isn't that the Alliance of Hate?
    I can't believe Ron Paul is going to this debacle. Of course, Fox News will be there to cover all their darlings.

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Dan

    This is news? News is that people in Fort Myers wants Obama to buy them a car, a kitchen, and have McDonald's provide better benefits for working college graduates. Now where are the details of that insightful story? The Palin haters can worry about her in a few years. Oh, that's not good enough since you need your daily Palin updates to feed on, and spew your bitter hatred of her about. Do you live to hate?

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Floosiemagoo


    Get it right, Kool Aid, begins with a "K" not a "c," and of course, it's a proper noun. The way you wrote it refers to the noun as in "cool" person, one of happening awesomeness; and yes, we all drink our own version of Kool Aid; and some of us are cool.

    So enjoy yours; as I do mine.

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Chris

    What self respecting person would want to share a stage with Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter anyway?

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Riley

    Ms. Palin,

    As a lifelong liberal, please, Ms. Palin, please stay relevant in conservative politics.

    Where is Africa anyway?

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. JacklynD

    I wouldn't want to appear with Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh either. That would be as bad as her visit to the turkey farm.

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Denise

    What a sad state of affairs that these wingnut hypocrites are the "icons" of anything. Rush Limbaugh is a wart on society. Ann Coulter is a pathetic hatemonger and Sarah the Liar should stay in Alaska and deal with all her ethics violations.

    I hear her constituents ae sick and tired of her campaigning for President when her State is suffering.

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Maggie

    Maggie, let me be the first to tell you that Sarah Palin was deficient in many ways: common sense, intelligence... I will admit that she excelled in living in denial and having delusions of grandeur.

    February 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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