November 25th, 2009
07:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention."](CNN) - Sarah Palin will be the main attraction at what's being billed as the "First National Tea Party Convention."

Tea Party Nation announced Wednesday that last year's Republican vice presidential candidate will serve as keynote speaker for the conference, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee February 4-6. A representative for Palin has confirmed the former Alaska governor's speaking role at the gathering.

The group also announced that Rep. Michele Bachmann will be speaking at the gathering as well. The Minnesota Republican has become a hero among many in the conservative movement. A representative for Bachmann confirms her speaking role.

The event could focus the political spotlight on both women. Bachmann has become a rising star, her ascent fueled in part by major support from Tea Party activists. For Palin - currently taking a brief Thanksgiving break from a national tour for her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life" - serving as headliner at a tea party convention could increase speculation that she is weighing a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Judson Phillips, a spokesman for Tea Party Nation, says the group is talking with other high-profile political leaders about possible convention roles, though he wouldn't name any names.

"(T)he convention is aimed at bringing the Tea Party Movement together from around the nation for the purpose of networking and supporting the movements' multiple organizations (sic) principle goals," according to a statement from the group.

Phillips says the conference will feature workshops, seminars, information centers, and organizational tools for leaders to take back to their respective local tea party organizations. He adds that the Republican Party is not coordinating or organizing with Tea Party Nation in any way.

Phillips says Tea Party Nation was launched in April, just before the first tea parties were held across the country on tax deadline day, and that the group held rallies in Nashville and in other parts of Tennessee on April 15. He added that Tea Party Nation also organized a smaller tea party event in early July, when a second round of events were held around the nation, but did not take part in the two cross-country tea party caravans held the past few months.

A spokesman for the Tea Party Express, which organized those two cross country tea party caravans, says they are not currently involved in the organization of the convention, but that they are supportive of the gathering's goals.

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Updated 7:30 p.m. with confirmation from Palin's representative

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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Palin' around

    A pair of whack jobs joining together to encourage a crowd that wants to restore America to democracy and freedom of speech.

    I guess they fail to understand that Obama was fairly elected by a sizable majority of American voters.

    These folks actually prefer anarchy and shouting down those who wish to speak and discuss issues.

    November 25, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Sooze from Kona

    Oh Dumb and Dumber?

    November 25, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. marcia

    Now,here are two very scary women!

    November 25, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    OMG! Just when you thought these two women could be put to rest here they come again. Are they going to allow the press to hear their shrill hateful voices or are they going to deny the rest of us "real" Americans to listen to them. Is bachman now going to be another poster child for the AKIP?
    BTW quitter, just so that you know that SNL was making a joke out of you. Rogue = crook, villain, rascal, bad character, scoundrel, thug, lawbreaker, then again . . . . . maybe you do know what it means and how well it fits you!

    November 25, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Diana

    Why is Michele angrier than Palin? Is it because she's not as pretty?

    November 25, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. J

    WOW couldn't get a couple of bigger morons to headline the retard convention??

    These people are about as credible as 911 conspiracy theorists and Glen Beck.

    November 25, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Mike

    Ah, Tweedledum and Tweedledee!

    November 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. paul

    Between the two of them, maybe you could come up with an I Q of 60.

    November 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Jarod from San Diego

    This gathering should be re-named, "The Sheppards and their dumb sheep". You guys arent Tea Partyers.. you are a nusiance, cowards and mostly racists (not all). Have your fun now because you are outnumbered by the left of center majority who doesnt conscribe to your ignorance and rantings.

    November 25, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. rivip

    Two Cold Turkeys

    November 25, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. amo

    God help us all. Those two Ladies together, and speaking, wow. It just blows me away, how dumb and dumber are still relivant. And what is more relivant and mind bargeling, people will listen, to the blahh, blahh they have to say.

    November 25, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. mannygazbee

    non-partisan tea-party.

    non tea partisan party

    non party tea partisan

    no matter how it is written,
    when rightwing coocoos come together , expect the worst of christian conservative gullible dummies. they are just ATMs for book sales for the likes of beck, palin, levin, oreilly and soon cheney. what s mix!
    the gang of hate and fear conspiracy theorists.

    November 25, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Big-K

    Tea Party plus Air Head plus Air Head equal exhibition of total out of touch with reality Ignorance. As the old saying "God" looks out for fools and babies.

    November 25, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    where can I get a ticket, anything is better than Dithering Obama

    November 25, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. mary from minnesota

    I wonder who the token male figure will be at this event, competing with the lusting 40-45 white male audience.

    November 25, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Dar

    This will get the left wing nut jobs going, I bet there will be at least 250 hate blogs on this subject and it is so funny how they are saying how hateful the right is, even blaming the republicans on the monkey pic of Mrs Obama.
    Come on guys show your love, I bet you cant do it!
    Hate hate hate, thats all you left wing dorks know.

    November 25, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Edwin

    I was just struck with a thought about the title of Palin's book: Going Rogue...

    Since a rogue is someone shady who is by definition deceitful and unreliable, why would ANYONE seeking higher office use such a title for their book? It might sell well, but it can't add to her credibility.

    November 25, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Adrian

    Every time I hear Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin speak, I can feel myself getting dumber by the second.

    I feel my brain cells being destroyed! Why do people keep thinking they are telling the truth? They are politician being paid by big companies to mislead the public and the sad thing is that some people believe in what they are saying. All they are doing is taking a small bit of truth and twisting in lies. No wonder our country is digressing instead of progressing!

    November 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Joshua College Station Texas


    And the leaders of this new movement are the dimwit Palin and the nitwit Bachmann.

    All I can do is voice my concerns about these politicians to associates (like on this blog), and vote in the booth. But those efforts will be resoundingly against these two women who do NOT represent my views. They scare me with their dogmatic, uninformed/ignorant/close-minded, idiocy. They both have a secret agenda! Palin's is to be famous, rich and popular, Bachmann's is just to be rich and support her cronies. Yuck yuck yuck.

    November 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. j

    Yep, get all of the crazies in one place. These people do NOT represent American values.

    November 25, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. CGUN

    It truly is a shame that the Tea Party has been taken over by the right wing extremists. Ms. Palin has almost nothing in common with the TP movement.

    November 25, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Scott

    This should be entertaining . . .
    in a black humor sort of way.

    November 25, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Bob in VA

    Am I reading The Onion or Tea Party Nation? Brilliant!

    November 25, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Jefe

    Holy Brainiacs Batman!

    November 25, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. normajean

    What a combination. Two of the biggest liers on the political scene. Bachman is so wild in her pronouncements as to be more than a little bit nuts. This woman has come up with some of the most outlandish thinking I've ever heard. I really will give Palin more credit for making sense than Bachman. I think it will not do Sarah any good to align herself with this "dingbat". It could hurt her political plans.

    November 25, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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