Palin declines CPAC invite – again
February 3rd, 2011
02:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin declines CPAC invite – again

(CNN) – The annual Conservative Political Action Conference later this month will as usual feature a slate of Republican presidential hopefuls.

But the news just may be who isn't there.

Citing scheduling conflicts, Sarah Palin has declined to serve as the keynote speaker at the annual conference that has become a who's who of social conservatives and politicians seeking to curry favor with that influential wing of the GOP.

"We are disappointed she couldn't make it this year. It was a scheduling issue," said CPAC organizer David Keene through a spokesperson to CNN. "She expressed interest and wanted to attend this year and we look forward to having her next year."

She would follow in the most recent footsteps of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck had she accepted the keynote slot.

Palin declined similar invitations from the group in 2010 and 2009. But the decision to skip the event this year will be treated with fresh scrutiny in light of the fact she has expressed interest in running for president and nearly every other likely 2012 candidate will be there – including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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  1. one voice

    She's AFRAID that they might ask Her those HARD "GOTCA QUESTIONS" like "WHAT MAGAZINES DO YPU READ". LOL

    February 3, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Jamie from Riverside

    Sarah who?

    February 3, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Susan

    She will deliver her message on Facebook, the most relevant media...... and then have Hannity prop for her.

    February 3, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. RVB

    Who cares? The questions I have are these – Who, and for what purpose, is pushing – nonstop – this personality on the American People?

    February 3, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. RR

    Aw. Too bad. Boo hoo. Not.

    February 3, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. thomas

    Scheduling conflict , Please CNN let us know what the Goddess of Guns has scheduled that is so important !
    Drill Bimbo Drill !

    February 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. MG

    Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck????????? I am confused, these to nuckle heads are radio entertainment not politicians, but I guess most of the GOP including Sarah Palin are a bunch of clowns any way. Wonder why Anne Coulter and Bill O'Reilly aren't there? Oh I know why because they are entertainers that's why.

    February 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. COlady

    I suspect it was more of a money issue than a scheduling issue: she could make more money speaking somewhere else that night.

    February 3, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. jane

    CNN please stop posting articles about the fame hog. The American public is no longer interested in Ms. Palin. Get on to more important things, please!

    February 3, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Roberto

    If you've heard one Palin speech, you've heard them all. It's all flag waving, being 'Americany', 'Valuey', 'Religiousy', etc. There's never any substance to her speechs.

    February 3, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. ole blue

    She's just afraid of actually having to answer real questions from the media.

    February 3, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. bob

    Yawn. What do you expect from her?

    February 3, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Brian

    The story fails to note that Palin isnt the only one skipping this year's CPAC, there are a lot of GOP figureheads and groups skipping it as a boycott of CPAC's decision to include GOProud at the conference, a group representing gay republicans. That may not be why Palin is skipping it, she has skipped the last three CPAC conference because she prefers supporting her own PAC I guess, but it would have been good journalism to look into it past the press release...

    February 3, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Is it safe to assume that she would not only not get paid to show up there, but would actually have to pay her own way???

    OMG! No wonder she doesn't attend... Don't they know who she IS???

    February 3, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Sam

    Wow! Too bad Sarah is going to miss out on all the fun at the CPAC conference, like cross burning and gay bashing! I'm sure the folks who invited her will be able to find some other clown to wear a bedsheet and recite Mein Kampf to this collections of half-wits, birthers, racists, and phony Christians.

    February 3, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. bonnie

    she knows she in over her head and in no way could she ever run for president of the usa legitimately . she is a joke and the media especially CNN has just kept her in the limelight .ignore her and she will go away.

    February 3, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. go home sarah

    Who is Sarah Palin?

    February 3, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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