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. Connor

    She had a previously scheduled aerial Wolf hunt..................

    February 10, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter? That's why CPAC is going to lose and the Republicans are going to increasingly become a regional party consisting of Southern white males while the rest of the country moves deeper into the 21st Century. Electing Michael Steele was unabashed tokenism and will not help the party become more inclusive since their ideas are as divisive and backwards as ever. No minorities are going to flock to the GOP because of Michael Steele unless he make some fundamental changes to their policies.

    February 10, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. DAVID

    Good riddance, Alaskans are suffering and freezing while she rides the tax payers helicopters and shoots the evening meal.............

    February 10, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Jim in Kentucky

    CNN never posts my comments no matter what I say. Regardless, maybe Palin actualy realizes now that national politics is over her head. Maybe it is just that simple.

    February 10, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Miss lead

    Isn´t it a shame? Missing the most important trailer park gaathering in the US? Well, I guess she would have to settle for the company of the home grown rednecks. Tch tch tch.

    February 10, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Louis in Los Angeles


    February 10, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. jill


    February 10, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. To Robin

    Liberal hate?????
    Excuse me? Seems the only hate mongers I can think of are headlining HATEFEST 2009...too bad Ms. Palin will be a no-show.

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

    Sarah Palin has more intelligence than 99% of the left wing cool aid drinkers on here trashing her. They are probably government workers that are stealing time when they could be letting their lazy as* grow fatter setting on it. Go Sarah!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Theresa in Atlanta

    At first I used to hate seeing these CNN reports on Palin, but I'm starting to get addicted to them – more fun that watching the brain-dead antics of those in Hollywood as they self destruct.

    February 10, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. JSU-TIGER99

    Palin people are talking about you girl please stay away from these two people Limbaugh and Coulter RUN SARAH RUN

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

    Sarah Palin is the only realy true conservative as far as I can tell. She is not ashamed to let everyone know she loves the lord and lives by His Word. She calls abortion murder and doesn't use all the so called "politically correct" hogwash. I can't believe there aren't millions of Christians coming to her aid when she is trashed my the likes of Katie Couric andher cronies. Other than not being used to the bullying and ambushing of our so called media, just exactly what has she done that is so terrible? She is a very intelligent and caring woman. She calls a spade a spade. If we want to save our country my fellow Christians, we had better become more vocal about God and quit hiding in churches while our country continues on it's way to hell. A real Christian is a Christian every day, at work or play and sings God's praises every chance we get. If this comment turns you off, think how I feel hearing most of the junk comments on these blogs. It's a free country so far and I have every right to say what I think, just like you do...

    February 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. CATINA


    February 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Obama Obama


    February 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |

    Give her a break. Staying back to work wit hthe legistlature instead of spending taxpayer money to travel and grab the spotlight in fron of the camera. What a sham. You guys all know Hillary would have been all over a free dinner like a Hobo and a ham sandwhich.

    February 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Follow the Leader

    the grand DRAGON,Rush Limbaugh...when Rush speaks The REUBS ...LISTEN and Follow!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. baby seals

    Looks like the Titanics crew gathering on the bridge,please dont miss it Sarah.

    February 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Hmmmmm

    Must be wolf hunting season.......

    February 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Mike

    All that money they give to residents each year and they can't come up with enough to feed the people freezing and starving in the villages. Pretty good indication what her priorities would be as President. Also expects Obama to discuss the pipeline during his visit to Canada. I thought she had all that foreign policy experience and would manage the affair? Oh yeah...She's too busy worrying about Sarah and 2012.

    February 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Lauren

    Who cares.

    February 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Ellie, MD

    GO HOME and take care of your kiddies and grand baby. That's the BEST and only thing for you to do Governor Palin.

    February 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. CM

    It is better to be though a fool, than open her mouth and remove all doubt. The sooner she fades into obscurity, the better.t

    February 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. kent

    A wise move on Palin's part. You have to be careful who you're pal'n around with. You know what I mean? Nudge, nugde. Winkl, wink. You betcha.

    February 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Bill

    I wish she'd back out in front of a speeding train.

    February 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Blog' Pebble Mine Alaska' for another Palin atrocity.

    February 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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