November 5th, 2009
03:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin book tour takes unconventional path

Palin will bypass several major cities in her upcoming book tour.
Palin will bypass several major cities in her upcoming book tour.

(CNN) - Those living in the country's biggest cities who hope to catch a glimpse of Sarah Palin while she is on her much-anticipated book tour may be disappointed: the former Alaska governor will instead hit a string of mid-size cities, many of which voted for her and John McCain last November.

According to Harper Collins, the publisher of Palin's forthcoming memoir "Going Rogue," Palin will bypass several of the major cities that are often the pillars of any big book tour, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.

Palin's schedule instead takes the former Republican vice presidential candidate to smaller - and in many cases more conservative - cities like Fort Wayne, Indiana, Washington, Pennsylvania, Roanoke, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Palin will kick off the tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 18, one day after her book is released. The choice of Michigan to begin her cross-country blitz may be no accident: Palin publicly disagreed with the McCain campaign's decision to pull its resources out of that key battleground state a month before the election - one of the initial moves that led anonymous McCain operatives to declare Palin was "going rogue."

The first week of the tour will take Palin thorough Indiana (Fort Wayne and Noblesville), Ohio (Cincinnati and Columbus) New York (Rochester), Virginia (Roanoke), North Carolina (Fayetteville), Alabama (Birmingham), and Florida (Jacksonville, The Villages, and Orlando).

A spokeswoman for Harper Collins tells CNN more cities could be added to that list.

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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. smokey

    My only question is..Who really give a care ! I can;t imagine her having anything relevant to say..Once a quitter, always a quitter !!!

    November 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Bob Dog

    I think Palin's book tour is a great idea. Every $19.99 shelled out by a wide-eyed right winger, is $19.99 less they'll have to spend on a legitimate candidate in 2012. Go Sarah, Go!

    November 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I hardly think Palin is the conservative standard bearer. She's quit the governor's position. She raised a daughter who not only didn't abstain, but didn't practice safe sex. She has an infant she's not fully raising, and one that has special needs she's abandoning. She's been suspected of unethical behavior as governor. She tried to steal clothes provided for her by the Republican party campaign. How is she the epitome of right wing thinking? Her only qualification is her ownership of a gun!

    November 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Jake from California

    Newsmax is selling her book for $4.97, which makes it competitive with toilet paper.

    November 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't a book tour; its a campaign tour with a book for sale. How blind do you have to be to see that. I can understand it, who would want to be in Alaska when it gets dark for this long? Did she finish the book herself? Will she make it through the whole tour?

    November 5, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Teresa O'Connor

    Please Please Please...get Sarah Palin out of our faces..forever.. Period.

    November 5, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Judge Smails

    Jacksonville? What did we do

    November 5, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    We in the heartland being the recipient of insults about our intelligence, morals, education levels want to express our appreciation to all of the liberals who expressed their hate and name calling talents on these pages, as well as their racism and anti feminism, once again showing the true ugly face of liberalism in this country. Will Obama declare martial law in 2010 when the libs are swept out. Obama one and done. Smoke some more dope and enjoy you delusions.

    November 5, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Jane

    What's the matter Sarah – are you afraid that you might see that most of America really thinks of you?

    November 5, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Tom

    Sarah does get people elected. Among my family and associates she was one main reason why people voted OBAMA.

    November 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Tommygunn

    It makes sense. Sarah want to go where she feels more comfortable and places she can identify to, not even to mention this is her base.

    This is alot to do about nothing. I wish her well with the book and think the diverse homogeneous ideas of politics is misleading people.

    A politiian is a politician. Either you are in it to make money and provide good to people (socialism) or, you are in it to really make money and provide good to some people (fascism). Which is Sarah?

    November 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. S M R

    Can Sarah have an open debate with President Obama so we can get this foolishness over with?

    November 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. buckles75

    Would Nancy Pelosi go to Nebraska, Georgia, or Idaho if she were doing a book tour?

    This is being spun as Sarah Palin avoiding the more hostile (to her views) urban audiences of San Francisco, New York, etc. While I'm sure there's some truth to that, there's also a much bigger picture. All the metropolitan areas on her book tour are rife with suburban swing voters who tend to decide elections. Those same areas have congressional swing districts that went from GOP to Democrat in either 2006 or 2008. This is all about setting up for next year's Congressional elections as well as her assumed run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Her goal will be (whether it's successful or not) to energize the conservative (not necessarily GOP) base, bring independents who are disenchanted with the current Democratic agenda into the conservative camp, and to gain recognition and face time with curious politically-minded individuals.

    Politically, it's very smart. Sarah Palin, in my opinion, is not all that smart intellectually, but she has a very high political IQ.

    November 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Theresa

    I honestly don't understand CNN's obsession with Palin. So what if she goes on a non-conventional tour. So what if she goes to places where she would be popular. Would the average person do the same thing? CNN is making too much of this. It seems that every move she makes she gets scrutinized, but BO can get away with almost anything.

    November 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Expat American

    There's bound to be a few Country First Trailer Parks on the list of sites.

    November 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. You lose all credibility when you say Palin is smart

    I thought she wanted to take time off to be with her family? I guess she meant her other family, the Benjamins.

    November 5, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Jenn

    She may be a nut, but all you folks read the article, and took the time to comment on her, so she is in your thoughts. HAHAHAHAAHA

    November 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. bdrew

    The Democrat's; a party of tolerant ,compassionate people,who encompass all points of view............oops maybe not.

    November 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. NotAPalinFan

    Sarah I am really NOT looking forward to purchasing your book and sharing your ideas

    November 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Barbara

    I wouldn't walk across the street to see her or buy the book someone else wrote. She's so embarassing-representing this country. Dumber than a box of rocks..Wink! Wink! Gotcha!

    November 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Vee Robillard

    The reason the media pays her so much attention is because she is the William Hung of politics.

    People love to see the 'Fails', and Sarah Palin is right up there as an Epic Fail.

    Just as the Papparazzi all fight for position at the front of Brittany's car hoping to get another "Brazilian" shot, the media holds onto and promotes Sarah stories in the hopes of drawing more advertising revenue. Sad, but true.

    November 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Laura

    I cannot stand Sarah Palin, but she is going to Fayetteville because of its proximity to Fort Bragg, one of the biggest and best-known Army bases; in fact, it's close enough to the coast to bring in people from Camp LeJeune, one of the best-known Marine bases. Showing off her supposed patriotism and playing to a known military predisposition toward Republicanism does not make Fayetteville ignorant or illiterate. Plenty of people there hate her, too.

    November 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. becky

    By the way, Indiana went blue the last election because of sara palin. Why she thinks she is welcome her is beyond me.

    November 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. LAW

    Let's see...I lived in a small midwest town, I'm a woman, and I think this twit is a disgrace to every woman with something between her ears other than frosting, a disgrace to every midwest woman who is trying to keep a job and a home and NOT quit on same... For those who are actually voting for her "because she's just like us"... I have two words. Jesse Ventura. The people of MN came to regret that vote! This twit is NOT someone I want representing my country, or a state, or anything else. go back to your town, Ms. Quittah, and leave the rest of us in peace.

    November 5, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Henry

    Texas loves you babe. &crew all the nay sayers, you get more hits than any 10 other articles on CNN just look at the all the whiners comments their scared of you.

    November 5, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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