2012 contenders invited to New Hampshire for conservative summit
January 31st, 2011
07:16 PM ET
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2012 contenders invited to New Hampshire for conservative summit

Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity has invited a slate of potential Republican presidential candidates – including Sarah Palin and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for an April summit on the topics of jobs and spending.

The forum is part of a larger evening sponsored by the conservative group to honor Ovide LaMontagne as their "Conservative of the Year."

LaMontagne, a Manchester attorney and veteran of Granite State Republican politics, narrowly lost his bid to capture the GOP Senate nomination to Kelly Ayotte last year.

LaMontagne will be feted at an April 29 dinner put on by AFP's New Hampshire chapter, after which the presidential candidates will participate in a discussion about "Spending and Job Creation."

Of the 2012 candidates invited to the event, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and talk show host Herman Cain have agreed to attend.

Also invited: Palin, DeMint, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

"We look forward to a lively debate on the issues," said Corey Lewandowski, AFP's New Hampshire state director. "Once again, the people of New Hampshire will play a critical role in determining the priorities of the next presidential campaign."

Lewandowski said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who polls well nationally among Republicans and is thought to finally be serious about a presidential bid after flirting with the prospect in the past, has not yet been invited.

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  1. ThinkAgain

    Shouldn't Palin be taking care of her special-needs son? I thought she was all about "family values ..." The only family she cares about are the Ben Franklins she's lining her pockets with.

    February 1, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. Frank

    So, who's in Palin's literal crosshairs in New Hampshire?

    February 1, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  3. ddt

    The Republican senator from Arizona who critised the president has forgotten that the Bush administration inteady spreading democracy they ended up killing inocent people. Thousands of Iraqes died and millions were force to go into exile. What does that bitch talking about? This guy is the worst fool I have ever heard of. Comparing to what is happening in Egypt to what Bush did to entire world in the name of speading democracy is despicable. Bush is a murderer war crime. It is unfortunate that Republicans think that way....pathetic

    February 1, 2011 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  4. NJfinest2009

    I hope Palin fails!

    February 1, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  5. Lying Traitorous Corporate Owned Grifter Scum

    If ever there was a place for 31 bullet clips...That's the problem with the hope, optimism, rationality, and enlightenment of Liberals. They just don't have the focused psychosis necessary to do the work that might be of benefit to this society. Meanwhile, the Republicunts are engaged in their 24 x 7 con job and bleeding the treasury and shipping it offshore, while the sheeple snooze under the fuzzy glare of "reality" (har) TV.

    February 1, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. Janice Meek

    All of the invitees had their titles before the names, except for Former Governor Sarah Palin, and the reason for this is? Report it the correct way, not the biased liberal way. Do you really think that people do not notice what you are printing?

    February 1, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. diridi

    Both are idiots....without any brain....GOP, grand old pig's group....o.k, they are there to mess this nation like a hell again, and again..and again....sorry, this time we are not trapped....in the vicious net...

    February 1, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. Tam

    And they still believe she's Presidential material? How delusional, how stupid can some of us be?

    February 1, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. concern

    The ad looks like the Meeting Of Morons. Palin and a southern bigot,you better send a invitation to Rush Limpcodeine, HLN executives, oil ceos, and any rich moron,insensitive,racist they can find. Oh Sarah,don,t forget your gun scope target list!!! I would probably think the victims on your list would like to have the chance to bring their protection. Give them a chance!

    February 1, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Bassman

    If Soledad O'Brien believes Gov. Palin's "Spudnik moment" was a gaffe, why did'nt she also criticize Peter Schweizer. Schweizer, who has written extensively on the subject of the decline and fall of the Soviet Union, agrees with Palin. How hard would have been for Ms. O'Brien to do a little research before she attacks Palin.

    February 1, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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