Palin Comes Out Against CPAC Boycott

February 07, 2011 5:16 pm ET

In a recent interview with CBN's The Brody File, Sarah Palin stated she is not boycotting CPAC, and she doesn't think anyone should boycott the conference just because they "don't personally agree" with GOProud.

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Palin told CBN's David Brody that her planned absence from the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) "really is a matter of time" rather than a boycott of the event. 

Several prominent conservative people and groups — including the Media Research Center, Sen. Jim DeMint, the Heritage Foundation, and the Family Research Council — are boycotting CPAC because GOProud, a group for gay conservatives and their allies, is participating.

Palin told Brody that she doesn't believe that conservatives should refuse to attend CPAC simply because they "don't personally agree" with a group like GOProud:

PALIN: [S]hould conservatives not reach out to others, not participate in events or forums that perhaps arising within those forums are issues that maybe we don't personally agree with?  And I say no. It's like you being on a panel, shoot, with a bunch of the liberal folks whom you have been on and you provide good information and balance, and you allow for healthy debate, which is needed in order for people to gather information and make up their own minds about issues.  I look at participation in an event like CPAC or any other event along kind of in that same vein as the more information that people have the better.