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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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    You would think that somebody who says that her nomination was God's plan wouldn't set foot in sin city, but then again, it IS the quitter after all. Guess wolf has had one too many drinks – "she supports the free enterprice system and (LOL) understands industries like . . . . . "
    Then again, Vegas, liquor and little miss christianity. This might turn out to be a better show than we think. A little bit of booze and she will be doing what she is best at . . . . pole dancing the night away,
    BTW – she is an ex-governor who quit midway through her term. Check out the Anchorage newspapers,. They hate her up there.

    January 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Ralph in IL

    I wonder if God called her to speak at this event. I also wonder how her bible-thumping followers will react. Looks like Sarah is all about the money.

    January 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. andy - texas

    Maybe she makes more sense if you're three sheets to the wind.

    Next month, she's keynoting the ACMPID ( Association of Christal Meth Producers and Independent Distributors.)

    January 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    And quit calling her Governor. She should be known as QUITTER Palin

    January 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    This makes perfect sense. She drives me to drink.

    January 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. susan

    u don't need to be drunk to enjoy her speech.
    each and every word coming out of her mouth is a sheer joy. it gives me hope that USA is stupid enough that every person as dumb as Palin can be successful.
    ..... and we thought Bush was dumb.

    January 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. texas patriot

    Sounds reasonable. Sarah Palin would start to make sense after one participated abundantly in a liquor, beer and wine convention.

    She should consider addressing the Christal Meth and Crank society back in Wasilla.

    January 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Patriot

    Perfect....she sounds better every beer.....

    January 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Ann

    I have nothing against this woman, and she brings a good message. I wish she was more knowledgeable, but she will learn. Obama did it... why not Palin?

    January 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. run o'themill

    anything for a buck these days, apparently.

    January 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Dar

    Here she comes you little left nut kool aid sippers, go crazy folks, go crazy.
    You Dems sure do love to hate this woman and most of you will never ever come close to her work ethics. Admit it, she has done very well for herself, come on, say it. Yes she has.
    And I dont think that she will run for president, but she will do her part for America to make sure that the right person is elected, (get it, RIGHT person):)
    2010/2012 Change is coming

    January 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Fenarkleman

    Makes sense. Even the very thought of Sarah Palin leading anything makes me want to get stinking drunk.

    January 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    doesn't she look like a rapper or something in that picture?!?

    January 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Jane

    Everyone loves a side show I guess. I hope it's worth the price they paid.

    January 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Papasan

    Sarah Palin believed Saddam Hussein to be behind the attacks on 9/11, didn't understand why North and South Korea were separate (the Korean War) and that she could not properly pronounce Joe Biden's name. Palin is a mentally unstable person prone to wild mood swings, hopelessly lost in a catatonic stupor...
    I'm sure she is a big hit at Happy Hour too...

    January 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Dems Hate the Truth

    Cue the libtard haters who sit around and wait for Sarah Palin to make a move so they can criticize her

    January 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. carlos

    and then.....she will pole dance

    January 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Gary

    Wonder if they will be drinking during the talk....because I think that McCain was drinking when he picked her as his running mate. McCain/Romney (or Romney/McCain) would have made a much better candidate and done a much better job than President Obama.

    January 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. abl

    Vegas and alcohol are a perfect marketing match for this woman. How about a death-cage match with her and Bette Midler at Caesar's? It's great to be an American in this day and age.

    January 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Rorschach

    Isn't this going to drive a potential wedge between Princess and her Religious-Right followers? Alcohol? Ruh-roh.

    January 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Obama Victim

    Sarah rocks....suffer you left wing losers

    January 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Bill from CA

    I wonder if she was only invited because the association believes she is drunk most of the time with all the nonsense that comes out of her mouth.

    January 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Duck Fallas

    Drinking during pregnancy is bad.

    January 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. J Vasquez

    actually alcohol is the first thing that comes to my mind when someone mentions Palin, I feel I need to be totally sloshed to understand what the heck she's saying.

    January 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Jay, Illinois

    Thanks again Mr. McCain. If you'd let this dummy stay in Alaska we'd have been spared her crazy lust for fame and attention. And who knows you might have won had you picked a more serious VP candidate? But your cheap trick backfired big time. Oh that has to sting like hell when you think of what a disaster this loser is and how you have to pretend like she is a person of substance. She just craves attention and money. And the trash of this country loves her. I guess that's why Faux News is an appropriate place for her.

    And speaking of which, Palin going to Faux News pretty much dooms any hope of this idiot running and winning the presidency. The reason is that anytime this idiot opens her mouth in an unscripted way she makes a complete fool of herself. I'd love to hear the Palinisms. Even funnier would be her trying to defend something stupid she said in a debate. Tina Fey I love you and can't wait until 2012.

    Almost forgot, thanks again Mr. McInsane. Oh I meant Mr. McCain.

    January 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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