Romney Adviser: Sarah Palin Will Not Be Speaking at GOP Convention

Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaign in O’Fallon, Missouri Sept. 1, 2008. (Reuters)

The Romney campaign has not invited former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to speak at the Republican convention in Tampa. The Romney folks have not even invited her to attend the party’s premier event.
The Daily Beast reported, via Free Republic:

On the day that Mitt Romney formally announced his run for the presidency last year, he found himself competing with a stiff New Hampshire wind, which stood his hair on end and played havoc with his microphones. What blew in later was even more distracting: the red, white, and blue bus bearing Sarah Palin on her “One Nation” tour. Palin stole the headlines, and Romney’s buzz, that day (“Coincidence,” she said), and beyond. Through much of the summer, she hovered at the edge of the Republican primary campaign as a shadow candidate, once predicting that she could not only beat Romney, but President Obama, too, before finally declaring herself out of the race last fall…

[T]he Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party’s marquee event in Tampa. Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence. Palin does not seem surprised. “What can I say?” she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism.”

Romney was the choice of the party’s elites, whom Palin has regarded with open disdain ever since her rough treatment during the 2008 campaign. They are some of the same people who anonymously disparaged Palin as a clueless bumpkin, and some of them are now helping to run Romney’s campaign. When unnamed Romney aides tell reporters that Romney will likely go with a “safe” choice for vice president because of the 2008 “disaster,” Palin notices.


The Romney camp will not comment on Palin, or on plans for the convention, but one adviser associated with the campaign suggested that Palin would be prohibited from speaking at the Republican convention by her contract with Fox News. “It’s true I’m prohibited from doing some things,” Palin says, “but this is the first I’ve heard anyone suggest that as an excuse, er, reason to stay away from engaging in the presidential race. I’m quite confident Fox’s top brass would never strip anyone of their First Amendment rights in this regard.” (Fox says her contract would not prohibit speaking at the convention if she sought permission.)

If this is true it would be a major mistake by Team Romney.

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  • P. Aaron

    Those ‘top’ Romney advisers? Or, is this a distraction from HOPENCHANGE?

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  • Flintstone F.

    It’s Palin!!


  • Toddski

    As much as I like Palin……She had a big mouth for a long time……She was against Romney, and I wouldn’t invite her either…..After what she pulled during these primaries, I never feel the same towards her again !

  • mg4us

    Hopefully Romney will seek the TEA Party Support . . if so, he really should have Palin speak. . and have her articulate Obama’s Incompetence and Failure.

    Palin Rocks. . .

  • Dale

    Agreed!!! Attention Romney, INVITE the Barracuda, she can electrify the base!!!

  • idesign

    I’m done with Romney…

  • stonedome

    romney is the elites choice and it’s all we have…they do it to us every time, don’t they? well, we did drag w away from amnesty and other things, but we have to have some slash and burn tactics from day one or we’re in for many decades of floundering economically. palin could help us towards that goal

  • vamoose

    Please don’t let McCain speak. In fact, don’t tell him where the convention is. Give him directions to Charlie Crist’s house instead.

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  • regularguy

    It’s not critically important that Palin speak, but it is imperative that several articulate, true conservatives speak and set the tone.

  • Jeannie

    every person who he ran against should be invited to speak. THOSE are who should be his top advisors.

    compared to even Palin, Romney is just a metrosexual pansy.

  • Ace

    After Romney’s disastrous week of begging “Obama” to play nice, having a strong female conservative at the convention would make him look more effeminate than he already does.
    Wise decision.

    Brian Terry is dead Milquetoast Romney, and you ask his killer to play nice.

  • davidt

    Team Romney knows that Palin would outshine Romney, just as she did McCain.

    Can’t have that.

  • donh

    There are lots of morning to mid afternoon time slots . It doesn’t have to be prime time. This is not the diplomatic behavior of a would be leader looking to build coalitions and collect votes. Romney could lose this if just a faw thousand Tea Party voters are pushed away in Virginia to vote Virgil Goode. Thank you Sarah for all that you do to put this party on the right path.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    If this is true it would be a major mistake by Team Romney.

    Not if you stop to think about it. He’s not an actual conservative (contrary to what’s lettered on the side of his buses), so asking Palin to speak would run the risk of her saying things that he doesn’t exactly support, and the leftist press would certainly hammer him over them repeatedly afterward.

  • Sasja

    Was just about to seal the envelope containing Ann Romney’s request for a contribution and my reasons for not sending one just now. I will add this as one more reason I am going to hold onto my meager funds. I want Bammy out of Washington so will vote for Romney. However, am more than disappointed, and somewhat concerned, at his seeming pettiness which is not attractive in someone wanting to be President of these United States.

  • Drunk Rick Gardasil Perry

    Why should she be invited to speak? After bashing Romney the whole primary season for being a RINO (Which he is) but endorsing flaming RINOs like Juan McRino and Orrin Hatch, she’s nothing more than a hypocrite.

  • dunce

    The convention is a republican establishment event and Palin holds them in more contempt than they fear her but she can not be pushed off the national stage or kept out of the national debate. There has been some talk of generating enthusiasm but that is not needed to win or get out the vote in this election. The vast majority will go to the polls grimly determined to get rid of the bumbling hateful idiot. Palin is still young as a politician and might be appointed to Romney’s cabinet or in two years seek a senate seat in some state.

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