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. Carl from MI

    No worries, Mate!! She'll have plenty of other chances to get her white sheet and hood... and being from Alaska, at least she's smart enough to know that if she's going to burn anything it's going to be in the woodstove for heat!!

    This is actually the first smart thing she's done since the election. It's not that she doesn't have a tarnished image... but it's a brilliant move on her part not to be seen "pal-ing" around with conservative right-wing nut-jobs and the Radical Right. She really needs to give her image a rest for a while.

    She definitely doesn't want to get any of Ann Coulter-geist's cooties on her!! Rush is a comedian... and Newt is probably using the conference to cheat on his significant other.

    She SHOULD snub them... serves them right for trying to kill the stimulus bill... she knows her state really needs that money, now that she can't be seen taking 'pork-barrel' money anymore for bridges.

    February 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Lauren

    I don't blame her, I would not hang around with the likes of Rush Llimbaugh and his ilk either

    February 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Connie

    Maybe it's because her state legislatures just found her husband and aides were in contempt for ignoring their subpoena's?

    Maybe it's because today her Attorney General announced his 'resignation' ?

    And the plot thickens.....................

    I'd like to know the truth behind Colberg's 'resignation'.

    Clear and transparent government..............I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Ray

    The Press has little good news to report. Sarah provides that. Don't look now folks but she is going to be your next President.

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

    She must be smarter than we think! I wouldn't want to be seen with Ginrich, Limbaugh and Coulter either!

    February 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Becky

    Does that mean she is going on the DL only to re-emerge as an even bigger loser?

    February 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. John

    Good, it makes me wonder who pays for all of her trips to Washington, I certainly hope it's not the taxpayers

    February 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Chess

    Go away!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. candid

    These are a bunch a loser names headlining. Icons my back side. She is trying to set herself a part from these fools like HUSH Limpball and Anal Culter. I still don't like you though Palin – go away (FAST).

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Dan Chapman

    She might be asked to speak intelligently on some topic or other, and the ensuing drivel might get reported, which would further tarnish her jerry-rigged "image" as the next leader of the Republican "party". Better to keep her under wraps and away from all those pesky liberal journalists.

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Charles

    I can't blame Sarah Palin for wanting to avoid Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. I believe, however, that it is a little late for her to try to separate herself from the wing nuts of the Republican Party. She is already one of them.

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Frank, Las Vegas

    She would have to speak and all of McCain's speech writers are no available to her, so she'd be on her own, and we all know what that sounds like. Additional reasons, reporters would ask her questions, we know how that ends too. Last but not least, potential presidential rivals will be there, so what you ask. When she was on McCain's ticket they had to support her, try to tell everyone and anyone who would listen that she's not as dumb as she sounds. As true rivals after the same job, they would not be supporting her or holding her up as any kind of a future for the GOP. In fact, they would be attacking her lack of experience, common sense and intelligence more than the Democrats ever did.

    So Sarah, just say goodbye once and for all. Please.

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Melissa M

    This is one reason why I like Sarah Palin. She seems to understand that you don't take off to hobnob during a busy Legislative season.She's one politician who understands her priorities.

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Dixie Lady

    It's hard to travel another 4,000 milesl when you're busy with tutorials on how to do interviews, write complete sentences, and look for Russia from her front porch. Besides, Mike & Mitt & Co. might ask her some tough questions. She needs that personal space to get ready for a Presidential run in 2012. Her whereabouts are thus worthy news as it's a key political skill to map your opponent's movements.

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. hawkeye

    Starving families in Alaska, is probably not a good time to be gone??

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Kris in LA

    Boo hoo. And she's always so thoughtful and has so much to contribute to any gathering she attends. What'll those good ole boys do without their Miss Thing???

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

    She saw Obama's press conference last night and realized that she could not have answered one of those questions intelligently. Was I the only one watching last night wondering how would Sarah be doing?

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Justifed Cynic

    A politician who actually turns down a chance to be in the lime light in order to do her job. How novel.

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Frost

    RNC spends $180K on Palin clothing .. but Republicans don't want a dime spent on the rest of America.. or our kids education..

    Now they want to line by line our money

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. TPage

    Wow, you guys are like children. Seriously, get over the hate already. What's with all the CAPITAL letters and exclamation points? Take your Xanax and chill out.

    February 10, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. kayla


    February 10, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Cori

    Who cares! This isn't news CNN, and by the way, I thought you guys were gonna stop reporting on that moose chili-eatin', gun slingin', helicopter ridin', oil hungry, lying, conservative, 'maverick,' grandma from Alaska? Caribou barbie is fading....let's leave it that way.

    February 10, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. AB Miller

    Bwaahahaha - the haters have taken the bait again.

    Go back to worshipping your new GOD/KING.

    February 10, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Lorraine

    Gov. Palin is going to be our next president.

    February 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. BushBeGone®

    I hope Palin stays in the news forever. That way those who haven't figured it out yet will plainly see the the GOP is a joke.

    February 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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