September 23rd, 2009
03:03 PM ET

Some early exits as Palin woos Hong Kong investors

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/23/palin.hongkong/art.palinspeech.jpg caption="Sarah Palin's speech at CLSA Investors' Forum appeared to be largely well received."]

Miranda Leitsinger

Sarah Palin touched on a host of topics - including Reaganomics, China and human rights, Tibet, the Asian and U.S. economies, family and moose in Alaska - as she delivered a speech to investors Wednesday in Hong Kong, according to audience members.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate was the keynote speaker at the 16th CLSA Investors' Forum, in what was billed as her first speech outside North America. She recently stepped down as Alaska's governor.

Her 90-minute address, which was closed to the media, was heard by 1,100 people, according to CLSA head of communications Simone Wheeler.

Those who attended her speech said she did well, though some could be seen leaving early on. A few of those people said they were heading to other forum offerings. Most people declined to speak with the media about the speech.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • China • Economy • Republicans • Sarah Palin
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. RLWellman

    The people who left early at the UN council probably thought all three men were from the same country. Talked the same, looked the same, meant the same thing.

    September 24, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  2. mwhite

    Palin needs to get it together!

    September 24, 2009 at 2:23 am |
  3. alicenyc

    I think those Hong Kong investors just wanted to hear her speak as a form of entertainment. Those who left early probably wanted a refund. She is an attractive AMERICAN WOMAN and those incestors wanted to gawk. Who really believes that she would have something to say that would make them say " lets see if she has something of substance that would help me in my investments".
    It is amazing how she refuses to answer questions that are not already scripted. i hope the media comes down really hard when she tries to sell herr book. I bet she will insist that she would not answer any questions that have anything other to do with the book.

    September 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Some left early – must have been discerning folks. The article said she had done her homework for her prepared speech but that during the impromptu Q&A everyone was reminded of "the candidate who we all saw campaigning for vice president." Doesn't sound like much improvement!!

    September 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm |