January 12th, 2010
10:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.palinmoney.gi.jpg caption="Palin will speak to the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America in April."]Washington (CNN) - Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.

At least that's according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group's annual convention and and expo in Las Vegas in early April.

"Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy. We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker," Wolf said in a statement. "We expect she will share with the convention attendees her analysis of the current political environment and her vision for America's future."

The convention includes a "Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition," which, according to the press release, "secured a spot on the agenda after drawing overwhelming response and favorable feedback during its debut" last year.

An aide to Palin was not immediately available to confirm the WLWA appearance.

The Las Vegas stop comes a few days before Palin is scheduled to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of GOP leaders that that in recent years has become an early proving ground for potential presidential candidates.

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  1. ben franklin

    You'd have to be drunk to listen to her...let alone support her!

    January 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    Hope CNN keeps pushing Palin stories, it will help Fox grow even more.

    January 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Bob

    Ok Liberals, sharpen your teeth and claws for this one. Can't wait to read the hatred towards Palin on this story. Lets see how far some of you can sink into the mud.

    January 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    Leave it to a bunch of wino's to listen to a wacko.

    January 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Tylwnol666

    What Wonderful Idea! and a Brilliant Speaker to choose for the "Booze Convention" Now thats a match made in Heaven, its amazing how much they care that they offered her no fee and admission is free, what a caring society we become 🙂 Keep up the Palin Work

    January 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. RUKidding?

    I think I will boycott any alcoholic beverages in Las Vegas (my second home) in the future. How they think Sarah Palin's thoughts on politics are relevant to the alcohol industry baffle me. I would rather do without my margarita than support Sarah Palin's self serving antics.

    January 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Ben

    Go out and grab as much cash as possible, SP. That is the American way.

    January 12, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Brian

    Nothing says "morals and values" like booze! Unreal.

    January 12, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. christi

    MY GOD!!! Someone get me a drink.

    January 12, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. kravitz

    Drunks. Palin. $21,000 Scores tabs. You can't make this stuff up.

    January 12, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. SC George

    All of your negative opinions makes me want to vote for, if she runs for prez in 12. You all are helping her.

    January 12, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. always proud dem in nc

    Geez, this idiot is EVERYWHERE!! She quits as Gov. of Alaska, "for the good of Alaska" and has been raking in the dough ever since. She's laughing all the way to the bank. She's making hay while the sun shines. You are fooling nobody Sarah, and you are a MAJOR hypocrite.

    January 12, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. JimKay

    Enough already...everytime Palin signs up for this or that we have to read or hear about it. As someone who was uniquely unqualified to be a heartbeat away she is getting her fifteen minutes of fame thanks to all of you in the media. I ask that you stop the notion of making her into something she will never be, a viable national candidate. Remember she quit her job as the highest elected official from her home state, that alone should tell us something about her convictions.

    I will not listen to her on the other network or read her book; there are too many pressing issues at hand that the past Administration left the current one to waste time, energy and effort on the former Governor.

    January 12, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Lacrosse Mama not for Obama from Bad Newz, VA

    The best comment ever about Sarah Palin came yesterday. A commenter here on the Ticker, in a post about Palin being hired by Fox News, commented "Who cares. No one watches FoxNews anyways".

    I guess that pretty much sums up 95% of the comments here on the Ticker. Last time I checked, FoxNews had more veiwers than CNN and MSNBC COMBINED!!!

    This is one comment (like 95% of my comments) that will NEVER be posted!!!!

    January 12, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. NotSurprised

    FLUID values...no pun intended. Her values change like the wind but consistently follow the money.

    January 12, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Stu-SWFlorida

    uuurp.. I need another drink!

    January 12, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Tom H

    Las Vegas and Fox News are *perfect* venues for a woman of her intellect.

    My sincere hope is that she does run for President in 2012, and splits off the Tea Bagger vote from any moderate Republican candidate (if there is still such a creature). That scenario would hand Obama a second landslide election with a bow wrapped around it.

    January 12, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Kelly, MS

    Wasilla yahoos raiding the country from coast to coast. Between Sarah, Levi and the other band of boneheads, the country is in a stupor from an Alaskan hangover.

    January 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. john

    anything for a buck ...LOL

    January 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Georgia Peach

    Is this a paid event?

    I have a gut feeling that she does nothing unless she is paid.

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    January 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. activistmom

    bahahahahahah. First Fox now Vegas. GREAT! Two circuses. What's next? Mad Magazine?

    January 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Kevin, Las Cruces, NM

    Isn't Vegas where washed-up entertainers go to finish their careers? Sarah should fit right in...

    January 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. troubadoura

    perfect venue. I mean she is very entertaining and s-e-x-y

    January 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Groan....

    Does she really not know the difference between North and South Korea? What did she think the Korean War was about–chopsticks?

    January 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Mike

    Bet her approval rating in Nevada is a bit higher than Reid or Obama.

    January 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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