Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?
July 18th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"It's time for Mitt Romney to man up, pick up the phone, and ask Sarah Palin to the dance."

That's a quote from a Daily Beast piece that argues Romney should invite Palin to speak at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, next month.

Palin is complaining to Newsweek that she hasn't been asked to attend the convention yet. She said, "One must remember this isn't Sadie Hawkins and you don't invite yourself and a date to the big dance."

Maybe the Republicans are thinking the downsides to inviting Sarah Palin - anywhere - are pretty obvious:

The former VP candidate and half-term governor of Alaska is a wild card and her off-the-cuff remarks could create headaches for Romney. Palin is polarizing and she could turn off independent voters. Plus she doesn't seem to have much love for Romney so there's always the risk that she could go "rogue."

Never mind all that. Romney might be making a big mistake by not inviting her. It's not like he has this thing wrapped up.

Sarah Palin can do something Mitt Romney can't: fire up the base.

The party faithful went wild when she delivered her "pit bull-hockey mom" convention speech in 2008. And let's face it: Romney could use something to spice up his campaign. So far, electric it ain't.

There are few, if any, other Republicans in 2012 who generate the kind of enthusiasm Palin does.

Plus Mitt Romney was never a tea party favorite. As Newsweek describes it, party activists "feel stuck with a guy served up by Republican elites who speak conservatism with an establishment accent."

Bringing Sarah Palin on board in Tampa might help in this department, too. Her accent is anything but establishment.

Here’s my question to you: Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the Republican Convention?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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August 29th, 2008
05:52 PM ET

How can GOP top Dems convention?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democrats went out with a bang last night at Invesco field, and may have ended the week with one of the best political conventions ever. This also means they've left John McCain and the GOP with one tough act to follow when they convene in St. Paul on Monday.

Although it's pretty hard to argue that the week wasn't a hit, Republicans were quick to dismiss Barack Obama's speech in front of nearly 90,000 people last night. McCain called it "misleading" and "fundamentally at odds" with his "meager" record. McCain insists despite all the hoopla, Obama is still not ready to be president. it will be interesting to see if he keeps making that argument now that he's named Sarah Palin, a first-term governor from Alaska who's younger than Obama and has even less experience, as his V.P.

Republicans may also have to contend with Hurricane Gustav, which is on track to hit the Gulf Coast and maybe even New Orleans, next week. Some Republican officials are considering delaying the start of the convention, and the White House has also been debating whether President Bush should cancel his appearance Monday. Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the image of Republicans celebrating their nominee with another potentially deadly storm looming could be a disaster for the party. However, the convention president insists that the gavel will go down Monday.

Here’s my question to you: What do Republicans have to do at their convention to top the Democrats?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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