Former Alaska Governor and V.P. nominee Sarah Palin will not speak at, or even attend, the Republican National Convention, she confirmed in a statement.
“This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them,” Palin, the star of the 2008 convention, said.
“Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate (Barack) Obama still stands today,” the 48-year-old professional celebrity added.
Palin’s apparent decision to steer clear of the convention marks a stark contrast from four years ago, when she took the presidential race by storm.
Accepting the GOP Vice Presidential nomination, she electrified the party faithful and received widespread praise from previously skeptical pundits.
That also turned out to be her high water mark, however, and her absence from this year’s event may indicate what a polarizing figure she’s become.
Sources connected to both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney’s camps said she backed out of the RNC altogether after not being offered a speaking slot.
She said she supports Republican presidential candidate Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, but is focusing her efforts elsewhere.
Big Republican names such as Chris Christie, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Marco Rubio and even Rick Santorum will speak at the convention.
Romney will officially be nominated on August 30.
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