Palin Emerges In Asia With Speech To Investors

Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience, emerged in Asia on Wednesday to give a speech that could boost her credentials for a possible bid for the presidency in 2012.

In her first trip to the region, the former Alaska governor spoke at an annual conference of global investers in Hong Kong and was set to discuss everything from governance to economics, according to the event's organizer.

Palin started off her speech — which was closed to reporters — with a light talk about the links between her state and the southern Chinese territory. One attendee who left early said Palin touched on Alaska's salmon exports and complimented Hong Kong as a "beautiful city." The person spoke on condition of anonymity.

Former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan have spoken in the past at the conference, hosted by brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.

"She was chosen because she's a woman of news value and presents an opinion that we feel would be of value to our fund managers," said CLSA spokeswoman Simone Wheeler.

Palin, who burst on the U.S. political scene last year when she was chosen as Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate, was ridiculed during the campaign after contending her state's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience.

"You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska," she said.

Palin received her first passport in 2007, to visit Alaska National Guard members serving in Kuwait and Germany.

The Hong Kong speech marks her first major appearance since she vanished from public view after she resigned as governor in July.

Since then, she's signed with the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau and reportedly been flooded with over a thousand offers.

Palin aides refused to disclose her fee for the appearance, which has been rumored to be in the low six figures.

While she's thought to be considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, her Hong Kong trip bore no political overtones, said Fred Malek, a friend and Palin adviser.

"You can read a lot of things into it, 'Is she trying to burnish her foreign policy credentials?' and the like. But really, it's a trip that will be beneficial to her knowledge base and will defray some legal and other bills that she has," Malek said.

CLSA requested Palin's speech be closed to reporters so she could make an "unfettered" presentation to investors, according to spokeswoman Wheeler. And Palin, whose supporters have long accussed the media of bias and harsh treatment, agreed. Since resigning, Palin has ducked mainstream news outlets and communicated with supporters largely via her popular Facebook page.

Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said Tuesday the group knew little about Palin's speech.

"We're curious as to what she's willing to say in private but not in public," Sevugan said. "Are there other countries that she can see from her window that she doesn't want us to know about?"

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    I am not a fan of Ms Palin, but good for her for using her status to gain income for her family. However, why go to Hong Kong, which since 1999 has been part of Communist China? What ever happened to 'Country First'? I guess she sold out to big business, much like many politicians before her. TJ - we liberals are not afraid of her, actually we wish her to run again in 2012, all she has to do is keep opening her mouth and the voters will be turned away. But here is the hypocracy- she goes on foreign soil, bad mouths the president and the republicans are okay with that? Anyone remember the rage the republicans had when the Dixie Chicks spoke out against Bush in London 8 years ago? Double standard..... Oh, and she continues to mention death panels where there are no such things written into this bill. I see a lot of people writting 'WAKE UP AMERICA' on this blog, but really, who should we be waking up to? A person who is trying to help the country, or a classless liar....(you know who).
  • by PUREBREAD Location: CRESWELL on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    To Mel Or feMel It is people like you that have been brain washed by the liberal main straim media.I am man that loves my kids my wife and my country.I can't help it if you can't handle the truth.It is typical of a yankee to rush to so much judgement so fast.BY the way I AM a BLACK MAN WITH AMERICAN CHILDREN but you know what I am not offended what so ever,for you just told on all you yankee selfs!
  • by Mel Location: Maryland on Sep 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Purebread, people like you are why the republican party lost the election. You rely on Fox News to get this jibberish and you spew it from the mouth. People rather not have the country run by radical, uneducated, rednecks. Please go back to your trailer and shut it
  • by TJ on Sep 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    Why are all you libs Afraid of this woman? I like that she worries you libs so much.Every time you people talk about her I and many others can hear the quivering in your voices.She can out wit Obonga any day of the week without stuttering like your president. every other word that comes out of his mouth is Aaa UHm ah OH BUT.GOOD GRIEF!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Sep 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    Please Sarah Palin I beg you to run for President in 2012. If yhou think it was bad when Mccain ran you wait until runs, Lol!!! Then the Electoral College will something like 400 votes for Obama to Palins 20...
  • by Poppa Location: Winterville on Sep 23, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    Go Sarah Go!!! Your integrity is needed NOW!!!! A friend and supporter from N.C. What you say today will probably be stolen by some other politician tomorrow. So, prepare your appearances and speeches with integrity. You had and still have my support. Poppa
  • by PUREBREAD on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    Obama under the name of BARRY SOETORO recieved financial aid as a foreign student from INDONESIA as a undergraduate at OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE. He was awarded a fellowship for the foreign students from the FULBRIGHT FOUNDATION.To qualify for the scholar ship a student must CLIAM FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP!The Man was born in Kenya his own grandmother even said it.GO PALIN AT LEAST YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Not to long ago she didn't even know where Asia was now she is an expert. give me a break
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    I think Independents will come out on top in the next two elections, because more people will see how ineffective BOTH parties are. Its about time to break from the two-party majority and move towards a system of government where there are fewer blanket parties. Hopefully those seniors can stay around a little longer, let's here their voices.......
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    Whinny little liberals, you will find democrats as endangered species in the next two elections. Why? You have a spending problem. I suspect she will be voted on just because they are desperate to get Obama out. Yep, Obama leads the bottom with the likes of Jimmy Carter. Too bad, he had all those aspirations he lied about, just like Jimmy did. There will be change you can believe in coming up alright, you woke the sleeping giant and left them with a great resolve. You messed with the healthcare for seniors. Bye Bye!
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