November 6th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin to keep low-profile on Wisconsin trip

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin is keeping a low profile on her trip to Wisconsin Friday."](CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is set to deliver remarks at a Wisconsin Right to Life event Friday evening, one of the few speeches the former Republican vice presidential nominee will have given since she resigned the governorship last summer.

But Palin appears to be doing her best to keep a low profile on this trip: no press will be allowed into the Milwaukee auditorium where she will speak and those who have paid the $30 admittance fee are unable to carry in cell phones, cameras, laptops, or recording devices of any kind.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told the Wisconsin Radio Network he finds all these restrictions "bizarre."

"You know, for someone who claims to be a rogue and isn't afraid of what other people think it really is sort of hypocritical to not let the media, the press cover your event."

Meanwhile Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said he's excited Palin is coming to his state, but stressed the party has nothing to do with this event or its limitations.

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Palin's speech comes a day after a new national poll suggests the former Alaska governor may face some obstacles should she decide to run for the White House. According to the new Gallup survey, only about one in three Americans would seriously consider casting their vote for her.

The speech also comes a week and half before Palin's highly-anticipated memoir "Going Rogue: An American Life" is released. The Alaska Republican will commence a national book tour soon after and sit down for high-profile interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters.

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    Limiting the press? Sounds like she's taking a page from the WH press office playbook. Want to talk about bizarre? How about BO taking the press along for a midnight photo op on the tarmac with the casket of one of our fallen warriors? Now that was downright creepy!

    November 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Pepou

    Nothing BETTER to report by CNN that the comings and goings of that woman ? WHO CARES ? I think I will get my news from another source than CNN.

    November 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Big John

    The height of ALL hypocracy...this moron who claims to support the Constitution and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH is actually denying free people their Constitutional right to attend her event... This is a preview of what she'll do if ever elected to any other office. NO THANKS, eight years of BUsh and his free "speech zones" was too much. Thankfully we have a real president in office now.

    November 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Casy

    What is it with CNN's obsession with doing so many negative stories on Sarah Palin. You guys have worked overtime to paint her as crazyy, non relevent and so forth, if this is so true......why do you keep posting stories on her?

    What is the obsession?

    November 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Joel Miller

    Just to correct what you've written above, Palin was the former VP nominee, not the "former Republican presidential nominee".

    November 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. AJL

    How about a pad of paper and a pencil? A book and private speech tour. I guess if you want to know what she is thinking or what her political plans are you have to pay her.

    November 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. amy

    I am surprised that 1 in 3 would vote for her. She is a joke.

    November 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Kevin

    Oh Honey, it looks like you're on your 14th minute! Thank Goodness!

    November 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does this sound like she is getting parnoid to you? Maybe she is going to say something that is clearly out of the mainstream thinking or is going to advocate something she will regret later like violence. I think she is trying to cover herself so that what off the cuff remarks can't be used against her later. Someone is running a campaign for her already. Why else would she do this kind of thing?

    November 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. brian in denver

    yawn......who cares?

    November 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. WeAreFuxus

    so much for the claim of transparency

    November 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. EBC

    What a COWARD.

    Sarah Palin is nothing but a FAKE and woman who hides behind the facts and truth about HER OWN LIFE let alone her competence over an over.

    As a Republican, she's NOT Competent by her own standards. She's a QUITTER and now she's hiding, going to back road cities to avoid having to face AMERICANS straight on. This proves how scared Sarah Palin is that someone is going to expose her TRUE COLORS yet again and show the world she's nothing but a FRAUD and SCAM. A pretty face with NO SUBSTANCE and NO INTEGRITY. Sarah Palin has SOLD her own children and would sell her own mother for political POWER!!!

    You have to ask yourself WHAT IS SARAH PALIN HIDING and WHAT IS SHE SO AFRAID OF?

    November 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. sue

    nut case. thought se quit her job to be close to her family. she quit to make money. hello! keep being fooled by this nut job. rethuglicans super-star! give me a break!

    November 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. BillMo

    So, if Mike Tate is so interested in what she has to say, let him pay the $30 and go listen. We are repeatedly told that she is insignificant but the Dems just can't let her go. I think they protest a little too much.

    November 6, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Greg

    Yeah, this is almost as bizarre a when Pelosi only let in approved audience members around the capitol building when she unveiled the health care animosity last week. It's totally understandable that Pelosi et al. can deny the public access to a public bulding, while it is completely bizarre that Palin has restrictions to a private event. That crazy Palin!

    November 6, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Jose

    Just think of the world we would live in if she was elected President. Everyone would have to agree with her or be banished from existence. God help us all if she ever gets elected.

    November 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Tom Sawyer

    I believe Sarah Palin is smart enough to know that she can not win the Presidential election and maybe even the GOP nomination.

    Ever since her failed quest for a beauty pageant queen crown, she has been looking for way out of Alaska.

    It looks like she has found her way out!

    Cashing in on her "celebrity status" among dumb right-wing rednecks in America.

    November 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Bill from CA

    Guess she doesn't want any of the bonehead, anti-American comments she might make made public.

    November 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Leon

    ...she's going to be giving a lecture on how to be a successful LOSER. LOL! that way you can lose and quit and then write a book about it tattling on everyone (classic Republican style)! hahaha... you cant have cameras and media in there for that...

    ...what? you didnt know that?

    November 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Bonnie Kimberly

    I am afraid of this women. She is not the face of the GOP I want to see. She has secrets and has thoughts that are not what I call main stream right wing. She is trying to rally a base that is fringe at best and very very scarey

    November 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Bryan

    Typical of ultra liberal CNN to headline this story as "Ticker: Palin event 'bizarre,' Dem says" rather than just "Sarah Palin to Speak in Wisconsin." Let's now allow an opportunity to pass to put the ol' spin on a Palin event, right, CNNinnies?

    November 6, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Anonymous

    That's news to me that she was a PRESIDENTIAL candidate.

    November 6, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. shouldhavevotedHILLARY

    If it is Obama vs. Palin. She has my vote. I trust her, and that is what it is about. Not this charade of handlers and a straw man.

    November 6, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Chris

    She was a former Republican VICE-presidential nominee, not a presidential one.

    November 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. johnrj08

    Interesting. Sarah Palin, who executes animals from helicopters and makes jokes while turkeys are being slaughtered right behind her, is a "right-to-lifer". This moron is going to tell people when life begins based upon her own delusional beliefs, which include the notion that mankind walked alongside living dinosaurs.

    November 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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