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. Eric

    Matthew of Detroit is a nobody! Fact!

    February 10, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Dhone


    February 10, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Kimberly

    Any party that considers ann coulter anything more than a racist scum PIG is NOT an American party. The republicans seem to act as though they can not figure out WHY the American people CRUSHED them in the last election, well guys FYI its because you embrace such slime as coulter and limbaugh. The American people have spoken really loudly, those kind of jokes of people are NOT welcome in our country, and as long as you right wing NUTS support them, you will NEVER EVER be back in power. Its SICK that people actually still think like those two scums of the earth!

    February 10, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Mike in San Antonio

    I wonder what it must be like in the liberal world where all you have to do is mention the name "Palin" or "Limbaugh" and people start to form at the mouth in hate, fear, and loathing. Hell, I don't even feel that way about Hillary!

    February 10, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. thomas

    CNN, please stop parading this woman around in front of us. This piece is about something she is not going to do. That is not news.That's like reporting that it's not going to rain in the desert.

    February 10, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Norcal DM

    To Matthew from Detroit:

    It is apparent that your distaste for Obama goes past his policies. You use very sterotypical language that could make many feel as though you dislike our current president is because he is Black. Using terms like lazy can help to reduce your credibility and integrity, which at this point is next to nothing. Please go crawl back to the hell hole you came from unless you can produce constructive comments that have something to do with our current presidents policies. He is making every effort to bring the American people into the discussion, something W never did. He is trying to make sure everyone know the severity of the problem and explain that his solution is better than no solution at all.

    February 10, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Allen, Hartwell GA

    I tried, but you censored it.

    February 10, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Simon

    Maggie, it would help if you learned to spell. There is no such word as "dificient". It's deficient. Your posting contains other spelling errors as well as some syntactical mistakes. You cannot write English and are clearly as uneducated as Palin. She can't spell or construct a coherent and grammatically correct sentence either – and you want THAT level of intelligence in the White House!!! I certainly don't.

    February 10, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Cathy O.

    What a relief! I wish she would go hide under a rock for about five years. What a pain Palin has been! I wish that John McCain had not brought her into the spotlight.

    February 10, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. snickle

    Sarah WHO ?

    February 10, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Ricardo

    Who cares?

    February 10, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Faith

    Again, Who cares about this women.

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Tom in Alaska

    As an Alaskan any of you who want her can have her. It goes both ways alot of stuff you here about her is and isn't true. One thing about her is her rise to power. She did it by stabbing people in her way in the back. She didn't need to do that because any of us with a brain already new what was going on. Think what you want about her people either way. All I know is i'll always vote against her and never believe a word she says.

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Ashley Judd

    Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. F.S.M.

    Hooray for Palin! She helped to defeat McSame! YOU BETCHA BY GOSH BY GOLLY! She can be the Republican's "Joe Six Pack" for the rest of her days. PALIN 2012! (Republican's view of Palin: She shore is purdy fer a politishun. )

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. bernie

    you know what! i wouldn't consider rush limbaugh a conservative icon. he's no different with a terrorist. isn't it that he wants president obama to fail? terrorist wanted to see america suffer. limbaugh is wishing the same thing.

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Christine

    Given that we are learning that people in rural Alaska are quite literally starving to death this winter, maybe, just maybe, Palin is focusing on the state she's supposed to be running. I'm no fan, I'm just saying that she might actually have a conscience. Or, maybe she had another cocktail party to attend. Take care of Alaska, Sarah!

    Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter AND Sarah Palin in one room? A laser beam concentration of hate.

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. sam

    Palin aside, seriously people have guts and say it out you are Anti-Obama because drum roll please Yes he is black and the thought of having black leader kills you. Where were you so called Americans when Bush and Cheney not the middle eastern or the blacks/minorities put our country in debt. Wake up America screw the last 8yrs lets focus on our future..and enjoy clean air..

    February 10, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Alexander

    The fact that any of the prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates would speak at an event with Coulter & Limbaugh, the Laurel & Hardy of hatred and intolerance, cements my vote against every single one of them.

    February 10, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. videodrome

    There is no point in her going to the CPAC.
    We all know she will be able to see the proceedings from her front porch.
    You Betcha!

    February 10, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Dave


    February 10, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. True Conservative

    You idiots just don't get it.
    I bet John Roberts gets the Oath right when he swears Sarah Palin in as President Jan 20, 2013
    2010 election results

    Chris Dodd....out
    Harry Reid......out
    Nancy Pelosi....no longer speaker

    February 10, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Scarlett

    Barack is a liar? Now, now little Republican. Put that lip back in. If that's all you can come up with, sweetie, the good ole boys are hurtin'. Are you a bank CEO?

    February 10, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Jane

    We Love You Palin!!!! Stop hating her you Dems; start participating.

    February 10, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. skullsoup432

    Hee hee. You old school, right wing losers are pathetic. Palin and her "leadership skills", along with her cronies, led us into the biggest disaster in decades. Hope your portfolios drop another 25%. How are you gonna keep up your self centered lifestyles now? Sweet dreams.

    February 10, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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