Palin to accompany evangelist Franklin Graham to Haiti
December 9th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Palin to accompany evangelist Franklin Graham to Haiti

It turns out that Sarah Palin's next overseas trip won't be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.

CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

Read the full post about Palin's trip to Haiti on CNN's Political Ticker

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Filed under: Americas • Politics • Sarah Palin

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. EdwardsTed


    June 14, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  2. Patrick Kiger

    What exactly is Franklin Graham doing to help Haitians? None of the articles about Palin's publicity tour explain this. I looked at the 2009 tax return for Samaritan's Purse at Guidestar.org, and there was nothing in it about providing healthcare, shelter, or anything of real benefit to the Haitians. The only activity listed was giving out shoeboxes full of toys donated by people in the US. For that, Graham pays himself more than $600,000 a year in compensation.

    December 12, 2010 at 2:57 am |
    • Porter

      Samaritan's Purse has one of the most consistent, concerted, and efficient efforts going on there. They shipped in construction eqpmt., materials, relief workers, doctors, etc. They have set up up housing shelters, relief hospitals/clinics, and are fighting the cholera outbreak. Franklin Graham makes less than most CEO's of large organizations. Samaritan's Purse has a worlwide outreach. I'd much rather give to them than the UN, or other such inefficient secular organization. +++

      December 12, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  3. Sum Dude

    They misspelled "Hell".

    December 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  4. Porter

    Hope she decides to cool it on the politics, focus on her family and humanitarian efforts. Any Republicans pushing her for President are kidding themselves, we don't need another President with little to no experience in these difficult times. The libs and the media pushing her on the idea all the time are hoping she will run, so they can bash her all the more. It would be nice if she would lay low and give everyone a break, maybe stay in Haiti awhile, try and help those people getting some of that media attention focused down there.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:53 am |
  5. Karen Marshall

    I keep asking myself, on a daily basis, why does CNN give Sara Palin any recognition at all. CNN daily continues to ask if she is going to run for President. Why? Is CNN promoting her? I ask why she is in the news at all regarding this trip of hers to Haiti. Who cares. It is her personal trip. What does it have to do with politics? Quit giving her coverage every day. We are all sick of hearing her name and you asking if she is running or not. Quit playing into her guessing game.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
    • Let Us Prey


      December 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Yes, I truly hope Sarah does run for president. The only downside is that the entire world will see how pathetic she is and how gullible a huge number of americans. She is an embarassment... And the "dream team" would be her with Glenn Beck as VP.

      December 11, 2010 at 12:31 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hey Ace...

      If...she does run for President, ... god, it's hard to even think about her becoming our President.. and Glenn Beck...yikes...!

      However, if you are wrong and she wins and becomes our next President, should that happen, I'll be makin' trips up to Canada to visit my friend -Ace. 🙂


      December 11, 2010 at 1:01 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Let Us Prey

      Those were funny... 🙂


      December 11, 2010 at 1:03 am |
    • HotAirAce



      No problem! There's lots of room in Canada for right-thinking Americans – especially up near Alaska. :^))

      But remember, we have a terrible health care system according to folks in the US, so all is not perfect.

      December 11, 2010 at 1:26 am |
    • Peace2All


      Thanks, good to know. BTW... (Palin runs-and wins) 😯 ... do you have an extra bedroom in your house...? 'just in case.'

      Been to Vancouver and Toronto- Looooooooved it up there in Canada land...!


      December 11, 2010 at 1:34 am |
    • Let Us Prey

      @ HAA

      Everything old is new again... do you sense a deja-vu ? Especially given the mindset of the current U.S. electorate towards extreme swings... she could be another Republican-appointed, idiot-figurehead two termer! Then they could completely f-up the country, seeing as how they couldn't finish the job before... We need a new, viable party with a candidate that can't be bought, has no desire to feed a self-interest, isn't a power monger, and truly has a genuine interest in keeping this country viable and self-sustaining.. So... where should we start looking? Academia? 'Nah. Business? uh-un. Religion? Don't be silly.. Politics? Laugh! So who's to be appointed? Who can be trusted? Or has 'trust' been written out of the equation? Maybe multinational leadership from a newly formed North American Union? So we can auger-in like the E.U.?

      Maybe the American system really is.. broken – or at a minimum, just in need of some specific modifications. I don't think it can continue to work the way it was intended to given the way it's been corrupted. It's all beginning to look like an Orwellian/Service Economy/Banana Republic, at least to me, and I'm beginning to have serious doubts as to our sustainability as a nation or our ability to maintain any semblance of quality of life as we've come to expect. This 3rd place 'beauty queen' may just be a harbinger..

      December 11, 2010 at 1:36 am |
    • Frogist

      @Hot Air Ace: I thought Sarah loved your health care system... her family used to smuggle her over there to steal some of it.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
    • HotAirAce


      I just reviewed a few articles about Palin's family and it seems it was several years ago – in the 60s, when there were no doctors in Skagway and it was easier to travel to Whitehorse. So it was probably her parents that actually made the decision. This suggests, and I do hope, that her parents are smarter than her.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  6. Calus

    So the zombies are going to Haiti to meet other zombies and work on their voodoo techniques? Giggity.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  7. Frogist

    Does anyone know what she's supposed to be doing there? If she can do some good for the people of that country then good for her. They need all the help they can get. I hope she isn't just using them as PR though because that just seems despi-cable.
    Also I heard that all Americans were being told to stay away from Haiti this weekend because of the unrest that the elections are causing. I hope her and the Rev stay safe.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:20 am |
    • Luke

      Humanitarian mission and to spread the word of the lord. In other words, bring food and water and recruit souls. Blackmail at its finest, no?

      December 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • NL

      Controlling a living being's food supply is the easiest way to train them to perform tricks. Why can't they just go there to help out and bring food without expecting these people to jump through hoops as well?

      December 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • Luke


      Because then they would be working for Doctors Without Borders, not a religious group. Religious groups, ironically enough, do not do things that are selfless.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  8. doctore0

    The last thing Haiti needs are delusional people.. from USA 🙂

    December 10, 2010 at 5:36 am |
    • Bob

      Delusional as in she believes the bible and creation? Or delusional as in she thinks she can win the presidency.

      The latter isn't that hard to envision honestly, you have to remember, half minus one of all people in the US are below median intelligence.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  9. NL

    Haven't the people of Haiti suffered enough? 😉

    December 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
    • Let Us Prey

      They can take consolation knowing that if she's scheduled to stay a week, she'll be gone after 2 days.

      December 10, 2010 at 12:56 am |
    • NL

      Let Us Prey-
      Good one!

      Maybe she can teach the Haitians how to hunt and field dress their caribou?

      December 10, 2010 at 7:59 am |
    • Frogist

      LOL@LetUsPrey & NL

      December 10, 2010 at 10:17 am |
    • Peace2All

      @NL & @Let Us Prey

      Very funny...! LOL...!


      December 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • Ken from Canada

      They have and this entourage will be there to remind them how it can always be worse. Truly is a shame how politicians and politician-wannabes cluster around the most conveniently accessed disasters for a photo-op and some 'heartfelt' handshakes. Shame on them. Unfortunately a high percentage of the US populace sees it as something quite sincere. It's not! If they want to help then they ought to be getting the aid working in this country.

      December 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  10. Reality

    There are always economics built into one's beliefs. For example, is Susan Jacoby an atheist because there is money to be made from books, speeches and columns on the subject? Unless she and others in the business of making good income from books, etc. on religion, secularism, or atheism take a vow of poverty, we will never know.

    Some examples: from guidestar.org

    Rev. Franklin Graham $800,000+/yr.
    Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield $331,708/yr
    Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, $200,000/yr
    Erica Brown $134,221/yr
    Eboo Patel $100,000/yr.
    Dr. Herb Silverman $100,000/yr
    Sarah Palin?

    December 9, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
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