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. craig

    Mark in Fl.....................Alaska may not be in the red, but they are attempting a disaster declaration because people in the northern parts are practically starving due to the early winter and price increases. Palin should have been taking care of her people a long time ago. And THEY are saying this also.

    February 10, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Susan from S Illinois

    Who cares! Palin who?

    February 10, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Deb

    Sarah that is the first smart move I seen you make

    February 10, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Tricia

    Someone actually said Palin doesn't do hate talk? Are you serious? Did you not see her giving speeches during the campaign and all the mean nasty stuff she said?? Honey, I am from the South and I know just because you say mean, spiteful stuff with a smile, doesn't make it less mean or less hateful or less spiteful.

    February 10, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Tom in CA

    It's good to see that "The Guardian of the Northern Frontier" is going to do the Governor's work for the State of Alaska!

    February 10, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Tate in Kansas

    "with one organizer's explanation that it would be difficult for the governor to visit in the middle of the state’s legislative session."

    Being in the middle of the state’s legislative session sure didn't stop her from going to Washington DC last year with a publicist to put her name in play for the VP slot.

    Just another Palin lie.

    February 10, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Lisa K.

    What would they need Palin for when party boss Limbaugh is going to be there??!?

    February 10, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. L.V.

    I cant support Palin because she has been palling around with terrorists lately. That goes beyond naivete...That's just downright dangerous!

    February 10, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |

    The only place Palin should be making an appearance is the SPCA !!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Angela Sandri

    Always, always, always. If there is a peep in the news about Sarah Palin, CNN puts it on top of the news of the day. The lead item. What is it with you folks? The country is in financial free fall. The President is out talking to the people in Florida . The treasury secretary puts out his plan and all you can talk about is this media hungry woman who looks good and sings the Republican song. The news about her should be at BOTTOM of your news list on this blog. No, you have it on top as if we cared where she goes or what she is saying or doing. Its just another reason for you to show your weakness in the political news division. The "best team in TV?" Thats an absolute laugh. If you were the best, you would be covering the real news.

    February 10, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. jjeffries

    Who cares about this? Why is this even newsworthy???

    February 10, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Marc K

    Amazing the response Palin gets from these kool-aid drinkers. They must really be scared of her to take the time and spew such anonymous hate-filled crap.

    So much for the one-America The Chosen One preaches about!

    Sure, knock the McCain backers who were acting like fools, but you hypocrites are even worse!

    As a DEM who backed McCain, the truth about Palin needs to be spoken.

    She is a true reformer.

    He has a solid record and experience in governing.

    So she wanted to fire her former Bro-in-law for beating her sister up. Big deal! At least she's not a tax scofflaw like several appointees to TCO's administration.

    The only reason Palin is slammed so hard by the neo-libs is because she is not Pro-Choice. So what, that is her belief, and it is not wrong, just like the Pro-Choice people are not wrong.

    Maybe if some of you ignarant sheep would read creditable sources instead of rumor mills and forums to get your info, you would be better informed.

    Knock it off already!

    February 10, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Simon

    Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter??? These are the leading Conservative lights???? Good luck with that. These people are far outside the mainstream. Coulter is a psychotic fascist. Limbaugh is drug addled.

    February 10, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. ray

    all republicans should burn in hell , these people are obstructionist.

    February 10, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Jodie

    Check the stories that come out regarding the AG that just 'resigned' – I'll wager he was forced out. Too much negative being printed about him which reflected on her administration and would show a negative on the national scene. The AG gave his soul to her and Todd during the Troopergate Investigation....she cuts folks very easily to whom she has no more need. I can hardly wait for her to fade from the Alaska scene...she is bringing herself and our State nothing but negative thought throughout our nation. Stay home in Wasilla, Sarah, and govern for the rest of your term in good faith, honesty and ethical behavior.

    February 10, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Amy from Seattle

    Can CNN be done with Sarah Palin? She is so yesterday's barbie. Time to move on CNN. Stop propping up a dead horse.

    February 10, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Smokey

    She's doing us all a great service by staying in Alaska and keeping an eye on Russia.

    February 10, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. big papa

    Anybody curious about why the Republican'ts biggest objection in the stimulus was EDUCATIONAL funding?

    Now you see why...

    February 10, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. RLG Virginia

    if brains were dynamite, "Yukon Barbie" couldn't blow her nose.
    Right wing cons- you brought this psychotic shrew on yourselves. And you should be grateful they didn't win.

    February 10, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. steve22

    GOOD!!! Keep that fool off the mainland...Rush uses up enough space

    February 10, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Annie Christ

    hate MONGRELS???
    'nuff said.

    February 10, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. MikQuick

    Gee wiz golly Sarah, with the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the ever ultraconservative ultrajudgemental ultrahypocritical Rush Limbaugh – why wouldn't you want to attend? Must have a Aerial Wolf Hunt to attend.

    February 10, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. bob

    I am looking forward to VH1's "Where are they now" Sarah Palin episode... hopefully it will be funny to look back at these times from the future. I am guessing she will be working in a pizza parlor somewhere in Alaska by the time the episode airs.

    February 10, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Mac

    Good, now just back out of politics and public life in general. That's putting the "Country First"

    February 10, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    WOW these people post here and talk about hste for Sarah Palin when there is hate DAILY for president Obama from you on the right on every story printed here. The right can sure dish it out but when thrown back at them they cry like newborns.

    February 10, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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