February 25th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
12 years ago

First on the Ticker: Palin to headline annual NRA meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/07/art.palincu0207.gi.jpg caption="Palin will address the gun rights group on May 14."]Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin will headline the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in May, the gun rights group told CNN on Thursday.

Her May 14 appearance at the Charlotte Convention Center will offer Palin, a hunter and fierce advocate of gun rights, an opportunity to appeal to one of the conservative movement's most prominent interest groups.

"Governor Palin is one of the most requested speakers in America today," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive director, told CNN in a statement. "She's an outdoorsman, hunter and a steadfast supporter of our Second Amendment freedom. We are pleased to have a fellow NRA member speak at our 139th annual meeting in Charlotte this May."

If the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is indeed considering a White House bid in 2012, then the visit will also come with a not insignificant perk: the Charlotte media market spills over into heavily-Republican parts of South Carolina, a crucial early primary state.

Filed under: North Carolina • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Total BS

    I have been hunting for 40 plus years and there has been not one person come to my house and ask me for my gun !! The NRA and the GOP and Palin are trying to scare us again..I really wish someone would try to get my guns of of me.You people are a joke !!

    February 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Steptoe

    Gov. Palin loves people. She isn’t some liberal snob that try’s to control us.

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |

    the two things about Sarah Palin that I don't think have been adequately appreciated are, number one, if you look at the numbers, she really wasn't that different than Barack Obama in terms of experience and time in office, and [things] like that. The real big difference between the two was she hadn't campaigned non-stop for two years, and had she campaigned non-stop on the national stage for two years she'd have been just as polished as Barack Obama. She's a phenomenal politician and there's no better retail politician on the planet than Sarah Palin with a microphone in front of a crowd. So I think the big experience gap was the one that is about running on a national ticket—he had a lot more experience there and it showed up.

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. American45

    Go, Sarah! I wish I could be there to hear you!

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. MikeH

    Let me quote Mr Peter Hamby on his previous Palin pandering article.

    "Palin, a global political celebrity whose every word is dissected and analyzed by pundits".

    Once again I ask Mr Hamby, do you really believe that? A "global celebrity"?

    May I ask Mr Hamby if you maybe have some sort of obsession with this person and cannot writ objectively about her?

    The only people who think Palin is a celebrity are intellectually handicapped. Palin is a proven liar, probably a pathologal liar, is also very stupid, having to write talking points on her hand because apparently there aren't enough brain cells in her crainium to hold ten words woth of memory.

    Palin has nothing to offer the world, Pete, get used to it.

    February 25, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Eimerd

    Let them invite Cheney too, and afterward they can go moose hunting together.

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Jobs?

    Gov.Palin you are an inspiration for me and my family !

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Chuck

    She should run for President of NRA!! Get her out of the average American's hair!!

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. MAngeline

    Gee and here I thought it would be a day without any Palin news. You know you media guys really feed into her ego. Most of us do not really care where this dimwit is speaking.

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Papasan in AZ

    Sarah, don't forget your HillBilly Palm Pilot!

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Jobs?

    Those who disrespect Gov. Palin are only disrespecting themselves. If there were a compilation (and there may be somewhere) of all the unprecedented vitriolic slander directed at this absolutely charming intelligent and RESPECTFUL woman, it would deserve a place of honor in a Hall Of Shame.
    I have come to the conclusion that certain types of people need scapegoats and sacrificial victims to satisfy some kind of atavistic sadism that compels them to attack what is beautiful and good. Any NORMAL human being, would be able to see that Sarah Palin is a down to earth good person and agree or disagree with her policies and positions, afford the high respect that is her DUE, that she DESERVES, for her honest work on behalf of the American People and her lifelong efforts to live in a loving, intelligent and moral life.

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Diane in WA

    why am I not surprised?

    February 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Palin 2012

    There is absolutely no reason to show disrespect to Sarah here. I’m getting tired of relentless attacks by MSM on her even after the election. It only shows how scared the liberal establishment is.

    February 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. AKReport

    Gov. Sarah Palin would have been a great president. It’s to bad uniformed Americans bought into the myth that sarah palin was unqualified, and did not bother to research her record PALIN 2012

    February 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Minnesotan

    An idiot speaking to idiots. Nothing new here. Does she even know which end of a gun fires the bullet?

    February 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Off to another right wing speaking engagment. What surprises me is that anyone wants her! Are there no better qualified Republican conservatives to speak to this group?
    Are they using her for her sarcastic rhetoric? It cannot be for substantive information on issues- she just isn't qualifed.

    February 25, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Greg

    Dick Cheney should take Palin hunting.

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Palin 2012

    Its pretty clear obama supporters can’t win on the issues, so they spew sexism, misogyny, race baiting and cheating.

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Jobs?

    Sarah is Awesome. Libs Are so desperate to tear a successful women down because they are FAILURES in real life. pretty sad.

    February 25, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. AKReport

    The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting “perfume on a pig.”

    What’s in this “new” proposal? It has the unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional) individual mandate that forces people and employers to purchase health insurance – only this time with much harsher fines on employers who choose not to go along with another expensive government mandate. It has provisions that will make employers think twice before expanding their workforce. It has cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular program which allows seniors to pay a little more money out of pocket for better coverage. And, of course, it still has sweetheart deals – only this time they’ve been extended even more.

    We don’t know what the final long-term cost of this will be because the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t had a chance to calculate costs. We do know that the White House recognizes that its proposal will cost tens of billions more over the next ten years than the already-expensive $2.5 trillion Senate bill. The President promised last July that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” But he’s now proposing a health care bill with uncertain fiscal repercussions that could lead to endless deficits.

    The rising cost of care has driven the entire health care reform debate. So how does the President’s proposal address this central issue? Price controls. That’s right: Washington, D.C. wants to give a panel of bureaucrats the power to cap insurance premiums and prices. As Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute notes, “artificially limiting premium growth allows the government to curtail spending while leaving the dirty work of withholding medical care to private insurers.” This leads to rationing. Any economist worth his salt – including the White House’s own Larry Summers – will tell you that price controls lead to all sorts of negative unintended consequences. It’s another step towards government controlled health care and away from the real solution: free market, patient-centered reform.

    With a government-growing proposal this bad, it’s no wonder the President wants bipartisan cover for it in an election year. Thursday’s health care summit is already being revealed as little more than a photo-op. The Obama administration still denies the existence of the House Republicans’ health care plan that offers alternative solutions to health care challenges – even though the White House website links right to it.

    The President’s proposal doesn’t include pro-free market ideas like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, giving individual buyers the same tax benefits as those who get insurance through their employers, or instituting real medical liability reform. Despite the “kumbaya” rhetoric, Democrats are making plans to ram this bill through the Senate using a partisan procedural maneuver that will bypass the normal bipartisan debate process.

    In the meantime, the White House will continue to ignore Republican reform ideas and cast the GOP as the party of no. That’s a hard sell considering that Democrats still hold the majority in the House and Senate. The only real “gridlock” preventing Democrats from doing what they want is the very real threat of America's voice being heard at the ballot box.

    The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform. Some on the left have urged Democrats to vote for Obamacare because it’s a foot in the door for universal health care. They understand what’s at stake; so should the rest of us.

    The President can perfume this proposal however he wants, but it still doesn’t pass the smell test. Washington should listen to Americans now, or Washington will hear us in November.

    – Sarah Palin

    February 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Greg

    Palin in 2012 = Obama for another four more years.

    February 25, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Avi

    CNN, haven't we heard enough of this joker named Sarah Palin? Could you be at least a little less frequent reporting about this joker?

    February 25, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. hello!

    There will be more groups endorsing Palin in 2012 than she'll know what to do with 🙂
    PALIN 2012

    Right to Lifers
    Church goers
    Soccer, Hockey, Baseball Moms
    Women of all Ages
    Small Business Owners
    Oil Drillers/Energy Producers
    Special needs Families
    the list will go on and on......:)

    February 25, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. CMG

    Let me guess, she is going to demonstrate how to shoot an innocent animal from an aircraft. The more I hear about her, the more confident I am that even those who are dysfunctional can be celebrities.

    February 25, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Bob

    The NRA and Sarah deserve each other. I can just hear her repeating C Heston famous over my cold dead hands.. I wonder if it will be with a wink included. $100,000.00 plus expenses you can get her to say anything.. I am so sick of hearing from this moron.

    February 25, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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