Palin in conservative spotlight next month
February 18th, 2013
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Palin in conservative spotlight next month

Washington (CNN) - One year after giving the keynote address at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Sarah Palin will be back to speak again.

The American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, one of the oldest and largest yearly gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country, announced Monday that the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, who recently parted ways as a paid on-air analyst for Fox News, will address the conference.

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"We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March," said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. "Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2012 and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year."

CPAC is considered a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House. In the spring and summer of 2011 Palin flirted with a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but ultimately decided against a run. At last year's CPAC, which was held during the height of the GOP presidential primaries, Palin seemed to take some digs at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ultimately won the nomination.

"Our candidate must be someone who can instinctively turn right to constitutional, conservative principles. It's too late in the game to teach it or to spin it at this point. It's either there or it isn't," said Palin.

But she did add that the GOP "must stand united" behind their presidential nominee.

The day earlier, in an apparent attempt to prove his conservative credentials, Romney called himself a "severely conservative Republican."

Six Republicans who may be contemplating runs for the White House in 2016 will be speaking at CPAC: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate battled Romney deep into the primary calendar, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

CPAC, which turns 40 this year, will be held for the first time at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, in Prince George's County, Maryland. For years the conference was held at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in the nation's capital.

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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Middle O

    ...Obama (can't think without a teleprompter)...
    Right.....because writing on your hands is soooooo much classier and shows she's a real thinker. By the way, have you looked at the picture above? What's that? OMG!!!! Is that a teleprompter??

    Don't worry folks.

    February 18, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Middle O' the Road

    Don't worry, folks. There's still time for her back out (a.k.a. quit). Perhaps she'll get a slot on Celebrity Apprentice.

    February 18, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Finger nails screeching on a blackboard when she opens her mouth. What an ugly sound she makes.

    February 18, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Reggie from LA

    Santorum? We've seen. Rubio, too. Scott Walker? You've gotta be kidding me. You mean to tell me that folks would let him ride that union-bustin' wave into a presidency? The United States? Please tell me that seeing his name on the list was my imagination. For a moment I thought of Rick Scott. About the same in terms of credibility. Pulease!! As for Palin, pulease!!

    February 18, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Dee

    And, why is this news?

    February 18, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. LiberaLIowan

    And I thought the repuke party wanted to quit being the party of the stupid.

    February 18, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. SeilnoigileR


    with all the foul talk about Sara/ one would think that she really hurt someone?
    It 90% negativity with out justifacation.
    I was taught that if you can't say something nice about someone–It is best to not say anything at all.

    In that case, why doesn't Palin follow that same advice? I guess it's ok if it's someone on your 'team' to deliver noisome streams of disrespect on the POTUS, but no one can criticize your people. I see. The GOP – they'd love to de-fund art, aside from the art of hypocrisy and double-speak.

    February 18, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. SeilnoigileR


    @Tom Paine
    We all sacrifice to make this country great. That's why we are resisting the current adminsitration's policies. He's bringing it down. We're all having to work harder to prosper less. That's not what this great nation is about.

    Such a crock. The whole issue is that the right doesn't want to sacrifice anything – especially not their precious money – for anyone. Actually, that could be said of both sides – we're all prone to extreme laziness. The one and only thing that Palin and the GOP cares about is money and influence. If you honestly think that being able to make more money is what makes this country great, you really don't understand this country at all. Perhaps Switzerland would work for you?

    February 18, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. nintex

    Think she'll have anything new to say, other than the same old, same old President Obama bashing that seems to be her theme song? And I'm so tired of hearing the same thing from the conservatives on here – they're like a broken record, parroting whatever Rush and Fox tell them to say – "no budget, too many vacations, union toady (boy am I sick of that one!) and my all-time favorite – the President's "failed economic policies." Sheesh! What would happen if they actually watched something other than Fox or read a real newspaper or news magazine? With stuff like facts in them? Would their heads explode?

    February 18, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. ghostriter

    I hear it was between her and Eastwood's chair.....the chair was the smarter of the two was was rejected.

    February 18, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. ghostriter

    BTW, that teleprompter in the pic isn't for words. It's for pretty pictures to bring her back on topic when she loses track of where she is.

    February 18, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. RINO Bill

    So does this make that PAC dumber than a box of Foxes?

    February 18, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. rs

    Simple one word answer question:
    Was the Presidency of G.W. Bush a good one in your opinion?
    I frankly think he did way more damage to our country than even the worst that the Right makes up about Mr. Obama.

    February 18, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. rs

    By selecting Palin for any position of importance, the GOP has made itself utterly irrelevant.

    February 18, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Katanraia

    She's a pretty lady, but that's about it.

    February 18, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Mashed Potato Bulletin

    So I guess the Republican Party and the Right in general have abandoned their short-lived desire to change their image, then?

    February 18, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Thomas

    If intelligence doesn't matter , Palin is a great spokesperson for the ignorant .

    February 18, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The American public is sick of seeing the news waste their time on this dizzy politician. It's time to report on people who hold a real job and actually accomplish something with their time.

    February 18, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. fernace

    Sarah Palin is a beatiful woman! She kinda reminds me of Kim Kardashian! Both women are sharp enough to take advantage of their 15 min!! They're cleaning up, we, the people, not so much! The funny thing is my life & yours is probably way more interesting! The worrysome thing about Sarah is that she has political clout & can be in a position of recieving votes!!

    February 18, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. rs

    How about getting a Congressman shot? Palin paraded around talking about her "Second Amendment solutions", and even put up a map of Democratic Congressmen with targets on them. Is that sufficient for the rube of Alaska?

    February 18, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Candace

    Sarah will stick out like a sore thumb. All the Republican stars of the future say that they have to get rid of all the extremists–constant criticism of Democrats but having no solutions to offer–the bigots and the racists and the people who don't want to tax the rich. Sarah has done everything she could to get herself money and attention and in the process, she has single handedly driven the GOP to ruin. She is one of those mean girls who couldn't handle the job of mother or mayor or Governor or even FOX contributor. Yet she has all that staff trying to re-write her history in a more favorable light and she constantly tells us that she is more interested in pole dancing than believing the polls about how unpopular she is. Believe it, Sarah, believe it. Look at the Boards, you represent the Tea Party and less than 8% of the voters choose to follow their values. You have no family values, so you are an embarrassment to the Republicans. You couldn't teach your own children any family values–and you think that everyone loves you. Dream on.

    February 18, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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