Palin Sudan trip a no-go
Franklin Graham and Sarah Palin on the grounds of the Samaritan's Purse compound on December 12, 2010 just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
June 23rd, 2011
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin Sudan trip a no-go

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin canceled a July trip to Sudan due to "scheduling problems," a source with knowledge of the trip confirmed to CNN Thursday.

Palin was scheduled to travel to the southern part of the war-savaged country with Franklin Graham, son of evangelical leader Billy Graham, to attend the July 9 independence ceremony, information she first told a London newspaper earlier this month.

"She is not going to Sudan due to scheduling problems," said the source, who would not speak on the record because Palin's travel itinerary is considered private.

Palin's representatives refused to comment on the trip. News of the cancelation was first reported by The Washington Post.

But a spokesman for Graham said he still plans to travel to the North African country and confirmed that he and Palin spoke on the phone last week.

"She would be a very good person to help draw attention to the plight of the Christians in South Sudan," Graham told The Post. "We've got George Clooney, we've got some Hollywood-type people. I'm very grateful for what Mr. Clooney has done. But we need everybody we can find."

The two traveled to Haiti in December to visit Samaritan's Purse relief projects. Franklin is president and CEO of the humanitarian organization.

Palin's decision follows several weeks of silence from the potential presidential candidate, raising questions about the future plans for her bus tour. She addressed the reports on her Facebook page Wednesday, saying she has jury duty and is "looking forward to hitting the open road again" when "the next leg of the tour continues when the time comes."

The former GOP vice presidential candidate traveled up the East Coast earlier this month on the first leg of her "One Nation" bus tour.

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  1. LiLa

    "Scheduling problems" is code for "get me out of this!"

    June 23, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. johnmenacherjr

    Seriously what did any one expect? She never finishes a darn thing except maybe her husband! HAH!

    June 23, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. WildcatVoter

    Palin, Graham and that silly Fox news woman Greta what's-her-name make quite the 3some. I wouldn't give Graham and his so called charity a penny. He is nothing more than a witch doctor and a slap in the face to honest Christians.

    June 23, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. newms

    The "country " called Africa is better off without this redneck moron there.

    June 23, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. cathstar

    So, Sudan is spared and we are still stuck with her. Perfect! She will never go away. Thanks, Mr. McCain.

    June 23, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. teena

    I am a little shocked to see the reply with the vignette–God/Guns/Glory
    I would never put the name of God in the same sentence with the word guns–I would think the words should be God/Country/Glory but so many of those who have guns worship themir guns rather than putting country before them!

    June 23, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Mr. Self Thinker

    I notice that when people have something negative to say about Sarah, her supporters cry out that the person speaking up must be afraid of the "Wonders Of Sarah", after all she is the answer to all of our problems and she is just being bullied. Right?
    Not so much, the reason people say the negative things they do about her is because......wait for's true. She is unqualified to be much more than a one term mayor of a small town. I know it is cool she shoots a gun, and say's betcha, but really she is not in any way capable of running our country. And that is the rest of the story.

    June 23, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Doug

    Sarah Palin second to Mitt Romney in recent poll on presidential candidates. She has done very well as a celebrity-reality star since she quit her government job as Alaska's governor. She has grown her net worth to over $12 million. Donald Trump considered her worth having pizza with at Times Square.

    Since money-making is the apparent purpose, her politics of opposing tax-revenues only makes good sense. Multimillionaires certainly benefit. American citizens hit hard by Wall Street generated economic collapse, those with 'pre-existing conditions', and senior citizens are fair game in government spending cuts according to her politics.

    June 23, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Mike

    Get her a one-way ticket.

    June 23, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Wendy Mayer

    Dear Mr. Franklin,
    George Clooney has a committment to the plight of Sudan–he shows up when promised, he sleeps on the ground if need be, he goes into dangerous areas and he donates not recevies money–Sarah Palin has a committment to $$$$. You must not have offered the quitter half term governor enough cash and clothing for herself and her trashy family.

    June 23, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Jeff Lebowski

    She couldn't find in on the map.

    June 23, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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