November 5th, 2009
03:18 PM ET
4 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. tonyt

    I'm Not Quiting, I Quit, I Mean I Just Stop doing this, I mean I will No Longer Be Gov. of Alaska, I'm Just Leaving, I'm Not Really Quiting.
    I'm Doing What's Best For Alaska, Im Quiting-Not Really Quiting

    Sara The AirHead Palin

    November 5, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. David

    I hope she goes on Wolfe Blitzer.Blitzer is a great fair man who doesnt take sides for the most part.I really liked his previuos interviews with her.He asked straight foward questions that were reasonable.Looks like she is however hitting the typical fox shows.It would be in my opinion a better stratigey to include cnn.I think she will before the tour ends because she does like Wolfe.I hope she does well,just like I hope Obama does well.I like both these politicians,fox people in general are hard on Obama,cnn not so much.Cnn seems to allways try to report rather than toss in opinion by most anchours.So Palin should go on cnn not just fox and Walters.We are in our house buying this book like we bought Obamas.

    November 5, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    That is because the residents of the larger cities are usually more savvy than those in the smaller cities that voted for McCain and Palin. The larger cities know she is a moron and and idiot and will not buy her book...............those in the smaller cities........????

    November 5, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. dick delson

    only in America can a woman as dumb as Sarah Palin is, still attract attention. This is John McCain's legacy to politics.

    November 5, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Jack in Florida

    That is because the residents of the larger cities are usually more savvy than those in the smaller cities that voted for McCain and Palin. The larger cities know she is a moron and and idiot and will not buy her book...............those in the smaller cities........????

    November 5, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. B. Churchill

    God bless her – she just wants to show the folks who live in those areas what a book actually looks like. Imagine paying full price for the book to get her autograph in it when it's available online for 4.99 – soon to be .99...

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Missy M

    Good for Palin. Booking her appearances with people most-likely to buy her book is a wise use of time and a good marketing strategy. Why would she even consider booking an appearance in San Francisco or New York? That would make no sense at all as I'm sure she knows she's not likely to sell may books in those areas.

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Ben

    If you live in a big city you have to learn to cooperate with people that you disagree with due to close quarters. It makes you more tolerant and gives you a better understanding of how you can be ignorant as to the issues some communities have to deal with. What Palin does is the equivalent of book burning: She purposely hides from knowledge. She hides from knowledge which challenges her preconceived notions. Every religious extremist I've had the displeasure of meeting is the exact same. Purposely blinding themselves from information so as to not challenge what they believe is "the truth".

    This is an insult to the enlightenment philosophy of our founders which thrived on accepting new information. She disgusts me.

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Not in my backyard

    She's coming to Rochester, NY – But we don't want her here!!!

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Kel

    Maybe she knows that people in big cities won't give her a heroes reception. There might even be some that won't like her there! Wow, what a surprise!

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Steve

    This woman has nothing to say....why would she bother coming to our towns? I would gladly donate $5 to fund the "Return Palin to Alaska Fund".

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. thx1138

    .
    – ALASKA GOV RESIGNS TO CASH IN ON 15 MINUTES OF FAME –

    – "Writes" Book; Target Audience Is White Trash, GOP Illiterates -

    – Only Tours Cities Where Dwindling Approval Rating > 25% -
    .

    November 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Jackie in Dallas

    CNN, what is the fascination with this woman? She's no longer a governor, no longer a candidate, and no longer relevant on the Ticker. Her book tour information should properly fall under the Entertainment section, since it is clearly a work of fiction.

    Thankfully, I live in a big city...one not considered by Ms Palin as part of Real America, so hopefully we will be spared.

    November 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Reagan was wrong

    Ok, it's pretty obvious by now that Sarah Palin has no intention to try and appeal to anyone outside the GOP base, probably because those are the people who are most eager to hand over their hard-earned money in exchange for whatever garbage she's peddling.

    November 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. ross berg-buffalo ny

    For her sake ( and I guess the publishers too) let's hope she's better at book selling than polotics.

    Her endorsement Of Doug Hoffman in the NY23 race proved to be his kiss of death. Exit polls showed that a vast majority of swing voters gave Palins endorsement of Hoffman as a major reason they voted for the Democrat.

    My guess is that the leadership of the Democratic party is keeping its fingers crossed that Palin stays on the national stage and maybe even manages to end up on the Republicans national ticket in '012. If they get that lucky they can go fishing insted of campaigning as this woman will certainly self-destruct!!

    November 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Jim

    seems clear she's "singing to the choir" ... which she's always done.

    i'm not surprised.

    not really newsworthy.

    November 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. u2canfail

    She can't actually answer a question. (or maybe read?, Couric interview) Makes sense to go only where faux news can rule.

    November 5, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Afkbrad

    Let's do a rundown of best selling political authors this year: Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, and now Sarah Palin. Notice a trend dems? The right wing tide of anger towards more spending, more government control, and a socialist style of government is just starting. You ain't seen nothing yet dems!

    November 5, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. dave

    this woman sounds more and more like a pied piper than a leader. She is only interested in talking to the faithful and seems to have absolutely no interest whatsoever in converting the unfaithful. I think she is scared to lead and terrified to go into hostile environments. Who can respect someone like that? God save America if she was ever at the helm.

    November 5, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. MikePost

    I guess I'll wait for the movie.

    November 5, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Matt T

    She makes me happy to be Canadian...well, that and our health care system. :)

    November 5, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Mike

    Her "best seller" book is not going to make the publisher and money – only her. It is selling on amazon for $9.00 and there is at least one commercial on TV advertising it for $4.95.

    November 5, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. BillyBobTomRedcracker

    She just wants to go where most folks don't read the news. She has more in common with this portion of the population.

    November 5, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Following the NASCAR circuit...

    November 5, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. sux

    Good! She would'nt dare set foot in MA. where I live. Tired of her smarmy face.

    November 5, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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