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Sarah Palin won’t speak at GOP convention

at 09:35 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Sarah Palin has announced that she will not be speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention, saying it’s time to give others a chance.

“This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them,” she said in a statement to Fox News’s Greta van Susteren.

The announcement comes as Palin, who was the big-ticket item at the 2008 convention as the party’s vice presidential nominee, seeks to find a place for herself in a Republican Party whose establishment is wary of her unpopularity. Similarly, former president George W. Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney, who could also pose problems for the GOP by speaking at the convention, will not appear.

Palin reiterated that she fully supports Mitt Romney and his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), but said that she will focus her efforts on electing Republicans to Congress.

“As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally independents and the GOP 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,” she wrote.

Here’s the full statement:

“…Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate 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. This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP 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. This is imperative. As President Clinton said in 2008 while candidate Obama and lapdogs in the media were thrashing his wife’s record and reputation, this is “…the biggest fairy tale.” For the sake of America’s solvency and sovereignty we must close this nonsensical book in November…”-

 
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