Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will not be addressing the Republican National Convention being held in Tampa later this month according to a statement she released to the press on Sunday. Palin has been a wildly popular, if not polarizing, figure in the national political scene since running with John McCain in 2008.
Palin said in a statement released on Gretawire, the blog of Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren:
“This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. 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 has decided to focus her strengths this election cycle on electing conservatives to the House and Senate as well as various governorships. She said in her statement that she fully supports the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and believes they are best suited to bring the country forward in the coming years.
Palin said that she wants to focus on the House and Senate “so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new president to get our country back on the right path.”
National figures who have accepted speaking slots at the convention include Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
Mitt Romney will formally accept the nomination to challenge President Obama on August 30.