Palin will not speak at Republican convention

WASHINGTON Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:36pm EDT

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks to the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks to the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington February 11, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will not speak at the Republican nominating convention in Tampa later this month, she said in statement on Sunday.

"This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I'm excited to hear them," Palin, who was Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election, said in a statement on Gretawire, the blog of Fox News's Greta Van Susteren.

"Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate (Barack) Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced community organizer's plans to 'fundamentally transform' our country are unfortunately coming true," Palin said.

She said she supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, and intends to focus on grassroots efforts to rally independents and the Republican base to elect Senate and House members "so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new president to get our country back on the right path."

On August 30 at the convention, Romney will formally accept the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Obama in the November 6 election. Among others, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, McCain and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will address the convention.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner)

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Comments (10)
LesLegato wrote:
Where in her comments does she say she’s not speaking? Is this wishful thinking from Reuters OPM department (Obama Polishing Media)?

Aug 12, 2012 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
“for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them”

I always thought that she was hearing voices.

Aug 12, 2012 8:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bunker555 wrote:
She’s been advised to keep her trap shut as she’s apt to stick her foot in her mouth.

Aug 12, 2012 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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