As the Tea Party movement prepares for its first national convention, Sarah Palin, who will deliver the keynote address during the event, has decided to allow press coverage of her appearance.
The former Alaska governor’s decision raised some eyebrows as she had previously rejected an invitation to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, seen as a more high profile event. However, commentators have interpreted the move as her attempt to cast herself as the potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate of the high-energy, anti-establishment movement, Politico.com reported.
Still, it appears that media coverage of the event will be limited as Tea Party Nation, which organizes the event, has said this will be a "working meeting" and stated it lacks the resources to accommodate the many members of the press who requested credentials.
In the end, only Fox News, Breitbart.com, Townhall.com, The Wall Street Journal and World Net Daily have received accreditations.
The National Tea Party Convention will take place Feb. 4 through 6 in Nashville, Tenn. Congresswomen Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will also be speaking.
The movement was launched last year in response to the massive stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Its website specifies that Tea Party Nation is a group of like-minded people who want to preserve God-given individual freedoms introduced by the Founding Fathers and who believe in limited government, free speech, the Second Amendment, the military and secure borders.