After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC
January 5th, 2012
11:13 AM ET
11 years ago

After notable absence, Palin to attend CPAC

(CNN) - Sarah Palin will deliver the closing address at February's closely-watched Conservative Political Action Conference after declining invitations to the annual event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In a statement Thursday, an organizer of the event said Palin was a "hero" to American conservatives.

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"Few national conservative leaders in America today energize and inspire our grassroots activists like Governor Sarah Palin. Her strong record of leadership, championing of our shared principles and magnetic personality have made Sarah Palin a hero to millions of conservatives across the country," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said.

Palin's appearance would be her first time speaking at the event, Cardenas said in his statement. Other figures who have delivered the closing remarks at CPAC have included Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Rep. Allen West.

Last year, Palin made waves when she declined an invitation to speak at the event, which has become a hot ticket for Republicans. A spokesman for CPAC said at the time that scheduling conflicts prevented the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate from attending.

In 2011, the event featured a number of current White House hopefuls, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Both Gingrich and Romney have confirmed they will speak at this year's conference, which will take place between Feb. 9 and Feb. 11. Fellow GOP hopeful Rick Santorum will also address the crowd of influential conservatives.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    Well with Bachmann out – SOMEONE has to jump back into the public eye to pour the GOP 'crazy sauce'.

    Dont worry, we'll tire of her eventually, and then we'll be back to Trump. Or maybe Cain will take a turn. Regardless, this parade of fools will keep the nonsense flowing. We'll hear more rhetoric about who was told what by God. We'll hear more about how giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy is somehow good for you and me. We'll hear more about how the president is a Kenyan socialist bent on establishing a new world order where guns and religion are banned...

    And the paranoids will buy it hook line and sinker, courtesy of Fox News, Glenn Beck, Bill Oreilly, and a many more fatcats who profit from fleecing the delusional right.

    January 5, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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