Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week
By Michael D. Shear
For anyone who thought that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might hole up in her home state after losing last, think again.
Palin announced today that she will be front and center at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Miami this week, delivering remarks about "Looking Toward the Future" and holding a news conference.
The former Republican vice presidential nominee has been the subject of a torrent of leaks from John McCain advisers, who blame her for the wardrobe scandal and for being unwilling to prepare for her few public interviews.
But she has increasingly shot back. An interview with Fox's Greta Van Sustern should air today, and NBC's Matt Lauer flew to Anchorage for an interview that will air Tuesday and Wednesday.
The RGA appearance will put her at the center of a raging debate within the Republican Party about where it goes from here.
Conservatives in the party are already blaming McCain and Palin for turning away from ideological principles that have sustained Republicans since Ronald Reagan's victory in 1980.
But moderates in the party point to McCain's decision to embrace base voters, and the massive loss of independents and Hispanics, as evidence that the GOP needs to return to the center to win elections.
Palin could be a lightening rod for all of that discussion. She electrified base voters, according to surveys, but also turned moderates away. How she positions herself in the next weeks and months could decide whether she becomes a national voice in the party or the leader of a conservative faction.
Here's the RGA press release and schedule:
Governor Sarah Palin will join Republican Governors at Annual Conference
The Republican Governors Association announced today that Governor Sarah Palin will join with other Republican Governors as they begin to lead the Republican Party forward at the RGA's Annual Conference in Miami, Florida this week....
An up-to-date list of open press events can be found below:
Wednesday, November 12th 1:15-1:45 p.m. Governors Luncheon featuring
Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Wednesday, November 12th 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Plenary Session I: "An in-
depth evaluation of the 2008 election cycle." Featured speakers
include Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Haley Barbour, Governor John
Hoeven, Byron York, Dr. Frank Luntz, and Dr. William Bennett.
Wednesday, November 12th 4:10 - 5:00 p.m. Press Roundtable featuring
Ambassador Rob Portman, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, Gov. Tim
Pawlenty, and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
Wednesday, November 12th 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception featuring
Governor Haley Barbour.
Thursday, November 13th 9:40 - 10:00 a.m. Press avail with Governor
Thursday, November 13th 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. Plenary Session II:
"Looking Toward the Future." Remarks by Governor Sarah Palin. Featured
speakers include General Tommy Franks (U.S. Army-Ret.), Rep. Mike
Pence, Dr. William Kristol, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Governor Mark
Thursday, November 13th 12:30 Press Roundtable: Discussion with
Governors Charlie Crist, Rick Perry, Haley Barbour, and Mark Sanford.
Thursday, November 13th 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. State Dinner: Speeches
delivered by Governor Rick Perry and Governor Charlie Crist.
Posted at 12:55 PM ET on Nov 10, 2008
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