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. kenny cole

    this are the rasict club

    February 10, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Don

    Attention...my fellow democrats and liberals...stop worrying about Sarah Palin...You complain that she is always in the news...but you can't stop hating her every time a story comes out. You are the problem. The more you hate Palin, the more her supporters love her...I am even starting to like her because you guys knock her every move...which is unfair..she has done some things that should be applauded.

    February 10, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. EJ

    @ NOBAMA

    lol keep dreaming!!!

    February 10, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Don

    Stop worrying about Palin...You are the ones making her more important..any story on Palin and you jump on it.

    February 10, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Annoyed

    GO AWAY. Thanks.

    February 10, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Ellie, MD

    Thank GOD, please just stay home and fix Alaska's economy.

    February 10, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Deborah Moore, Roseville, MN

    What a scintillating headline.

    Very enticing for a story that is just plain dull.

    Good job editorial staff! This is the exact reason, I am a CNN fan.

    February 10, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Marc

    Hey Macie .... DUH?

    February 10, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Robert S.

    Oh my God.... a convention with Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin!! What kind of snake oil tent do they use?

    "Yes, I'll have a hit of Limbaugh Oxycontin and a Coulter Chablis...."

    February 10, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Jegs

    She shat bricks.

    February 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. kevin in NY

    it's not "hate mongrels" it's HATE MONGERS... like fishmongers, you know? but hate, instead of fish.

    February 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Johnny Z.

    The less we see and hear about Palin the better. You don't hear much from "W". She should follow his lead. Go Home and Stay There!

    February 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. sickofyou

    Wow, when so many people are reading and posting about Sarah Palin, why would CNN stop reporting on her?

    February 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Garry

    If and Ever Sarah Palin becomes the US President, She will Introduce New Wolf Hunting Techniques, “US AIR FORCE F-18 FIGHTER JETS WOLF HUNTING”..... Ha Ha Ho Ho, what a Circus she would Create.....

    February 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Robbie Day

    key words " the headline attraction". which leads me to ask why is this woman such a novelty?

    February 10, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Sue

    If politics weren't so nasty, maybe you'd find more decent people running for office. Everyone has something, somewhere that they have not been proud of. What is important is that we recognize what would make a person want to be humiliated enough to try. Personal attacks are counterproductive and usually mean that the person making them is hurting and has a problem in the area of their own self-esteem. Why do we attack someone for just being human? Would we want someone that isn't human to make desicions for us?
    Ask yourself, How would someone who is perfect view you?

    February 10, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Deborah Moore, Roseville, MN

    Attention: Chaco – AYE, AYE, AYE, AYE!!!

    February 10, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Pepper Hanrahan

    Oh for goodness sake. Please stop giving any time to Palin. Her 15 minutes of fame were over a long time ago. She is like a bad joke being repeated by a 3rd grader over and over and over again!

    February 10, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Chris

    And here I was, hoping that she was announcing that she was going to retire from politics.

    Oh well.

    February 10, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    MARK IN FL...someone in sf is right by suggesting your offensive suggestion of having palin as gov of our state. 1st of all we pronounce the i-n-g at the end of the necessary words and second, our economy, culture, and politics would be mind-blowing for her narrow vision mind. not even in the 1950s could she have worked as governor of CA. don't talk stupid, ok?

    February 10, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. kenny cole

    this are the rasict club people that are ready to divide us

    February 10, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Wedge

    So, Macie, Having read your post, I think I understand why you think Palin is awesome. By the way, it is hatemongers, not hate mongrels.

    A hate monger is one who incites others to hatred or prejudice.
    Hatemongrels is not in the dictionary.
    A mongrel is an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains.

    I'm thinking Palin was one or the other during the campaign.
    Ditto Obama, and by his own words. Gotta luv him.

    February 10, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Your mama

    Gathering of the KKK, ah, what a bright new vision for the future of the Republicans. Who wouldn't want Rush and Coulter representing them, they are the voice of inclusion after all. Maybe Sarah isn't going because she finally realizes these people are whack jobs and won't help anyone win.

    February 10, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. BigDaddyTod

    Maybe she has finally figured it out that her time is over. That she was just a flash in the pan.

    February 10, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Deb

    Let's see – Gingrich is a serial adulterer. Limbaugh is a drug addict. Coulter is being investigated for voter fraud.

    I just don't understand why she would not want to "pal around" with that group

    February 10, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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