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. Vigilance

    (sic) indeed.

    Tell the Tea Partiers to ditch the Revolutionary gear and dress up like Native Americans if they really want to be authentic, the way the originals did – though it won't change the fact that the original Tea Partiers did what they did at serious expense to life and limb, whereas these folks are only running the risk (as my friend put it) of "managing to turn a lovely river into a nice Earl Grey".

    However, that would only blunt the tip of a VERY large iceberg of historical ignorance, combined with flamboyant showboating that, in my opinion, keeps a great deal of people – me included – from wanting to take these folks seriously.

    November 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    Two nuts in the same shell.

    November 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Omgosh just go away!

    November 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. haren

    Two blond women coloring their hair to look smart.

    November 25, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Mike in LR

    Good. The conservative grass roots movement is growing day by day. The republican party sold us out on true conservative principles. The people rule in America, not the elitist D.C. crooks and criminals of the republican and democrat parties. You folks who blindly support either party are being hood-winked. They only have themselves in mind. Everyone who goes to D.C. somehow becomes very wealthy.......hmm wonder how that happens.

    November 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Dem from Az

    Sounds like a spectacular convention for the Republican base. Hey they both have great teeth 🙂

    November 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. bflat879

    I'm sure that CNN will have commentary from Anderson Cooper about this event. Perhaps a few more snide remarks from Rick Sanchez would increase your organizations integrity quotient also. Perhaps you could have a half hour discussion on the word "teabaggers" with laughs and guffaws offered up also.

    November 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Sheila the mum...

    Oh God help us ... dumb and dumber.

    November 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Dal CA

    OK lets look at this.
    Tea partiers want the reduction is taxation. I will say no taxes what will that do. The Federal and the state governments will have no income coming into their coffers. Smaller government is that possible. The other effect will be that there will be no monies available for the development of infrastructure of the country.
    All the monies and development will be in the hands of the few. Lets look at Iraq contracts given bu the government. Most of them went to HALIBURTON. Who was working at Haliburton before he became Vice POTTUS.
    Tea party organizers need to start to think and look deep into who will benefit from all their efforts. It is not the poor and the hungry or even the middle class. The benefits will be for the rich, who already know how to manipulate the taxation sysytem.

    November 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. bill

    America has had it with liberlism and progressive policies, have to thank Obama for waking the people up, the one positive thing that has come from a such a bad decision of electing a super liberal President along with giving the power to the dems in both houses. Enjoy it while you can dems cuz it wont be much longer before the pink slips are being handed out.

    convicted felon Martha Stewart says Palin is dangerous... HA just another stupid elitist with their head up their you know what.

    thank God for traditional Americans like Bachmann and Palin and the others.

    November 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Sea.gem

    Looks like CNN had a difficuult time finding more disparaging photos...did you forget to Google "Sarah Palin monkey" or "Michele Bachmann Monkey"? Are there derogatory and inflammotory pics there?...You betcha!!!! One more fine exampleof Left leaning news creating an inflammatory story they can use to cast this country as full of 'right-wing' racist nut jobs...will the lib screeners even post this comment???

    November 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. bcords

    a new reality series.."quitter and the kook"

    November 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Jesse

    The two biggest wackos in this country.

    Sounds about right for a Tea Party Convention.

    November 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. joe J

    What a duo those two would make!!!! The democratic liberals will shake to death in their boots and probably loose sleep till they are defeated in 2010. I can't wait I have my check book and pen in hand -WE NEED TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM THESE SOCIALIST HOGS.

    November 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. larry

    they should start their own party: "The Birther Party"

    needed: nice cheekbones, bright smiles, no brains

    November 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Beaver State Barker

    Do these women realize how they are painting each other into a corner for nuts and screwballs? After a while, these so-called "teabaggers" are simply looking dreadfully stupid because these are constantly downplaying their own best interests. They malign government for stepping between themselves and their doctors all the while berating the government for possibly taking away their Medicare rights which is a benefit provided by government. The intellect which these women are appealing to are steadily dropping, the IQ equivalent to morons and less. As entertainment goes, it doesn't get any better but the eventual aspect of dealing with less-mindful people becomes all the more impacting! Perhaps there is a need for female carnival barkers because that may be their eventual end!

    November 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Pepou

    Happy Thanksgiving. No pardon for these two turkeys !

    November 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Jon

    What little shred of respectability this misguided Tea Party movement has will evaporate the second Bachmann the nut shows up. Anyone wondering where the GOP went wrong in recent years need look no farther than this unintelligent bigot.

    November 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Florence

    Dynamic Duo

    November 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    The Tea Party movement will become the strongest political force in America. Stronger than either political party.
    And Palin and Bachmann get it. These two women know what America is all about and what it means to be a real American. All those liberal progressives don't have a clue or have forgotten. These two women along with other true conservatives will be strong leaders in restoring American government to one that represents the people and not the political elite.

    November 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    Wow Nashville, you're so lucky! Will the "Dumb and Dumber" tour make it to my town too? Hard to imagine that with all the information resources available to people, there are still supporters of these two hate-filled political feather-weights. I did not serve my country for 5 years in the armed forces just to secure the right for these two liars to spew their nonsense and spearhead the dumbing-down of America. Wake up America, the world is watching, and our enemies are licking their chops beleiving that these types of "politicians" will lead our nation someday.

    November 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. mjm

    Taxation without representation was only part of the Boston Tea Party.

    England used taxes to punish the colonies for various acts.

    Kind of like imposing surtax on Cadillac insurance plans, taxing cigarettes, Cap-and-Trade.

    Democrats tax things they want to see go away....Like the rich.

    That's also why the Pelosi and Reid bill will never work. They assume taxes will pay for it....if fewer people are paying the tax the program becomes unsustainable.

    Good luck with that.

    November 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. susan

    I'll bet Palin backs out at the last moment. I love to see these loons put themselves together. Then we can see how little of them there are!

    November 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. IndyVoter

    Palin & Bachmann..what a pair? I'm sure they'll be there with shotguns in tow talking to the so-called "real" sad.
    I'm actually starting to feel sorry for the Republican party....Nah!

    November 25, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. emma zinkiewicz

    Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman are two radical women with ego problems. They are in company of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh. Angry People..... We all should send them to Iraq and fight our wars.

    November 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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