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.

Filed under: CPAC • Extra • Sarah Palin
soundoff (491 Responses)
  1. M.H.

    Maybe she is FINALLY getting the hint ...........

    February 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    talk about the whos who of bitter losers

    February 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Humored In Texas

    Ann Coulter? Who invited him?!

    Plus the Guiness Book of Records people should come and count the liars in one room – I'll bet it's a record!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    February 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. McBride, SLC, UT

    Oh yes... She would fit right in with the GOP and its representatives, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Hopefully this will not be a closed door meeting so all Americans can see these bigots for what they really are. SHAMEFULL!

    February 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Riley

    Please tell me Maggie's comments were meant ironically...

    February 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. debra from Georgia

    She is back, I taught she went away, gotdarnonit

    February 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Baze

    Smart move Palin. This will be a house full of the types that the G.O.P. needs to distance itself from if it wants to continue functioning as a national party.

    February 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Ron Paul

    Wow, I've just got done reading about quite a bit of everything Ron Paul has been writing about in the past decades and boy, this guy knows what he's talking about! No wonder everyone I seem to know is talking about the guy in so much details. It's no wonder why the U.S. have been plagued with puppeteers at the helm for so long.

    February 10, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Colin

    You have got to be kidding me. Do you people actually listen to yourselves at all? I read in one comment about "the Republicans who do nothing but stir up hate and divisiveness". Are you kidding me with this? Why don't you all take 15 minutes and read through every last comment on this page. Then tell me where the hate and divisiveness lies. This woman has done nothing to you personally and she is no longer in the picture and you insist on bashing her and dragging her name through the mud every time you hear her name.


    February 10, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Barbara in Boston

    Wow. Sarah's keeping it on the down low? She must have a new political advisor who's talking sense to her - and she's listening??? Or maybe this has something to do with the fact that last week her husband and aides were found in contempt on Trooper-Gate.

    Nah, couldn't be.

    February 10, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Allen, Hartwell GA

    Back when Reagan was running for president he said (more-or-less) that government was the problem, not the solution. Ever since then Republicans have been hell-bent to prove him right. The 10 years that Republicans were in charge of Congress were bad enough by themselves, but the period from Jan. 20, 2001 until Jan. 1 2006 nearly destroyed this country. We still are suffering from the effects of having government haters run the government. If we could get all the government haters in one place at one time this might be justification for first strike.

    February 10, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Al Mellen

    The good governor should have been in washington when President Clinton was in office. I will stop right there. Leave my comment to your own imagination.

    February 10, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Southern Democrat

    Her AGAIN!?!?!?!?! I am sick and tired of CNN and every other news agency reporting about this airheaded bimbo. Seems like every time I turn on CNN or come to CNN.com, it's always something about the "Airhead from Alaska."


    Gov. Sarah Palin just coughed. These reports are probably nothing but the governor could also be suffering from the common cold or quite possibly some other horrible disease. More details every six minutes."

    Get a clue. America didn't want her and Johnny Boy so please find something else to report on OTHER than Gov. Palin. Heck, a cat stuck in a tree is more interesting than her.

    February 10, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. kgeukes

    Idiots....the reason she's not coming is because of the volcano that's about to blow....Get a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. NOBAMA

    Palin will replace Obama in 2012.

    February 10, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Roy

    Perhaps being photographed with Rush, Newt, and Ann made her realize that THAT picture would resurface in three years when she announces that she is the panacea for America if we only give up stem cell research, abortions, any kind of ecological preservation and go the Palin-way and drill everywhere, destroy everything, and supress everyone......all for those tax cuts for the wealthy.

    February 10, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Obama 2.0

    Watch out she is headed towards the center in a Trojan horse.

    February 10, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. George of Lincoln

    The news media did not trash her, she managed to trash herself by her lack of awareness and inability to answer the most basic questions like what do you read.

    February 10, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Gordo

    No, Maggie, Sarah Palin is above nobody. I have met her type many, many times: shallow, arrogant, never admitting mistakes, vicious in attacking those who disagree. Palin says she reads all the news publications then can't name one of them. She tells a kid what the VP does and gets it wrong - while running for that office. Now please tell me you can seriously imagine her sitting across the table from Vladimir Putin, and kindly don't say something like she'd wipe the floor with him, for he has political street smarts she doesn't even know exist, and he would make instant mincemeat out of her. It's summed up rather nicely by one of her supporters, a state government official, I believe, who replied to a statement that Palin doesn't know anything approaching what one must in order to go after high office: he said that maybe it would be good to have someone in office who is ignorant of those duties. Yes, and I want the next pilot whose plane I get on to be a third-month trainee, don't you?

    February 10, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. pete

    I am a loser like the rest of you. Everytime you enter a comment asking CNN to stop reporting on Palin, they will only give you more. Like all sites, they count the clicks on a page. The more clicks, the higher the advertising rate. If you want them to stop, dont even click on it.

    PS, I find it humourous that the only Pro Palin remarks here are from Texas. What we should do is take the first promary away from NH and give it to TX. Whoever wins would immediately be stripped of citezenship and forced to live in TX..or we should have the EPA sample the water to see why they are all so stupid...Oh Right, Dubya pretty much shut them down for his buds in the oil biz

    February 10, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Jackie in Dallas

    Yes, Peggy, a real Christian is a real Christian every day. They obey the words of Christ who said "love one another as I have loved you." They obey the words of Christ who said "judge not that you be not judged." It would mean loving the sinner, while hating the sin, not just hating.

    None of these things are things that Sarah Palin has done. She bore false witness at her rallies. She encouraged hate and discord. She judged others by the color of their skin, or by whether they lived in the "real America". She lied, and then told every one she didn't. She preached abstinence after becoming pregnant before marriage, and then displayed her unmarried, pregnant daughter on the platform with her. Oh, and not to mention, she used McCain and the Republican Party for her own ends.

    She doesn't practice Christianity, she just plays one on TV. A true Christian accepts others - Christ protected an adulterer from being stoned, sat down and ate with the ritually unclean like prostitutes and tax collectors, and turned on the coin changers in the temple and said you have made my Father's house into a counting-house. A true Christian realizes that God made the world and the creatures therein, and each has a place in it - and doesn't declare a helicopter slaughter on animals. A true Christian realizes that to be a Christian is not to exclude those who are not perfect, because none of us are perfect, but to include all and let God be the judge.

    February 10, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. john

    Why is this news? Why is she news? I just don't understand the mentality of the media. There is plenty to report on of resounding importance to our nation and yet we are still hearing about the every move of this "also ran" looser. Give me a break!

    February 10, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Accountability

    Her speech writer must be out of town...

    February 10, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. TjayeInLA

    Maybe she realized she'd make better headlines by NOT going than she would if she'd gone and opened mouth to speak.

    February 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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