2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Sunday she would not speak at this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

In a statement published on the blog of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, Palin said this year would be a “good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them.”

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Palin expressed her backing of the GOP ticket and said she would continue to focus her efforts on helping the party remove President Obama from office and control both chambers of Congress. 

“As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE 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 said.

“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,” she added.


Palin has directed her efforts to aiding conservative candidates in GOP primaries across the country, backed by her super-PAC. Recently, she endorsed Tea Party favorite Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE, who captured an upset victory in Texas’s GOP Senate primary.

While Palin will not be at the Tampa convention later this month, the Republican National Committee already has released a list of headline speakers scheduled to appear, including Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (R).