November 18th, 2009
07:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin book tour kickoff takes her back to Michigan

Palin book tour kickoff takes her back to Michigan.
Palin book tour kickoff takes her back to Michigan.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin has finally returned to Michigan.

"I just can't tell you how good it is to be back in Michigan," Palin told a large crowd outside a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Grand Rapids Wednesday, the first stop in the former Alaska governor's bus tour for her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life."

The former Republican vice presidential nominee wore a red and black jacket and black shirt and carried her son Trig as she emerged from the bus, which was emblazoned with the book's cover.

John McCain's running mate took issue last year with his campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan and move resources to other states. In her book, Palin says her opposition to the decision to abandon Michigan is when she first went rogue. At the end of the book, on page 403, Palin says that Michigan can't be forgotten.

McCain ended up losing the state to Barack Obama by 16 points in last year's presidential election.


"Alaska and Michigan have so much in common with the huntin' and the fishin' and the hockey moms," said Palin Wednesday, adding that Michigan is "the heart of industry in America."

Before entering the store to sign books, Palin thanked the large crowd for "showing up for the book, so that you can read my words unfiltered."

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Anne Austin

    It is truly interesting how certain parts of this country were "the real America" when she was campaining, but on Oprah she stated she wanted to give a concession speech on election night because she wanted to express that "we are one nation and should stand together". Such hypocrisy.

    Then there is an idiotic review of her book that claims the book reveals "'Sarah the politician" . I bet "Sarah the moosehunter" hardly wrote 50% of this book. Someone on national television stated give her enough time and she will say something interesting. Are you kidding me? That is supposed to be a nod to her intelligence?

    I would not read her bogus book if someone paid me and if this woman is elected president in 2012 then I will believe in the Mayan prophecy.

    November 18, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Andy Cornell

    They are scared of your message...you may not be the answer for the presidency, but you personify the values of most Americans. We just want to be left alone, stand on our own two feet, let us live the American dream. Lower taxes, strong military, less government, rejection of welfare, just LET US BE. Please America do not depend on the government to take care of you...in that lies our peril...

    November 18, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Rob

    Best seller my foot. Several conservative organizations have bought the book in bulk and are giving them away. The ad on TV 4.95 FOR THE BOOK and 4 of the organizations monthly issues. The kicker is they want 5.99 for shipping and handling lol . If I was CYNICAL i would pull a Glen Beck and weave a conspiracy where this is McCain and the party paying her off for accepting the V P nomination but why waste my time.They can call it a best seller if they want to. As far as" hearing her words unfiltered " I know hate when i hear filtered and unfiltered

    November 18, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Beverly in NC

    Who cares? She didn't write the book and it is nothing but blaming others for all her failures.
    I did get to see clips from Palin's interview with Barbara Walters. You thought the Katie Couric interviews were bad, this one is even worse and will be a great laugh to watch.
    This stupid woman needs to go home and quit torturing Americans with her idiotic statements and obnoxious need for constant media attention (that she supposedly hates).

    November 18, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. beth

    So did anyone ask her why her young daughter Piper (the one she says was harrassed by liberal media ) is walking to and from school by herself. Is supermom too busy to take care of her kids?

    November 18, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Sarah 2012 !!

    The more the Eastern media and the left wingnuts try to discredit Palin, the higher her stock goes.

    November 18, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Blah blah blah.....boring
    Sarah is a legend in her own mind

    November 18, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Jim

    Ms. Palin reminds me of the 1930s Michigan "radio priest" Father Coughlin. Coughlin used his radio program to issue antisemitic commentary, and later to oppose the New Deal and rationalize some of the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. His broadcasts have been called "a variation of the Fascist agenda applied to American culture." Same for Ms. Palin, in my opinion.

    It's hard to believe anyone in Michigan could think Ms. Palin has anything positive to contribute to our political dialogue!

    November 18, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. Craig Simpson

    Heck she didn't even write the book.

    Sarah can't read or write!

    She can see Russia but couldn't understand who her 17 year old daughter was sleeping with!

    November 18, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Palin "first went rogue" when she abandoned her family and then her state in her egocentric, misguided, idiotic ambition to be president.

    She's nothing but a quitter, a liar and a mooch.

    November 18, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. What is wrong with you?

    Thanks for the fashion update. When have you ever described a mans outfit?

    November 18, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Jim Carroll

    Sarah Palin is just as qualified to be President as any other do nothing, no nothing republican. She is just as smart as John McCain. For more
    go to internetfreepress.com and find out what needs to be done.

    November 18, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Dennis, Amarillo Texas

    Here CNN goes again! Inviting more Liberal Girly Men to Batter Palin with their fist full of angry words in the CNN "Leave Your Comment" Section! CNN Constant Palin Battering!

    November 18, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. Gary Boisson

    Sarah Palin, the democratic party's best friend!

    November 18, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. peter

    I don't think I read her book. what is a big deal about her book ? this question is for the media.

    November 18, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. 30 Year Veteran

    you go palin. president in 2012. Quit now OBEMMMESTUPID.

    November 18, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Amy, Florida

    I hope she runs in 2012. It would be a gift for the party of the people....the Dems!

    Go Palin 2012!!

    November 18, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    And to think I could have driven down to 28th street to see this. I guess I missed out. I can't wait till I stop seeing her in the news again and she becomes a trivia question.

    November 18, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. That one guy

    I can't wait for Her to beat Obama in 2012.

    November 18, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. normajean

    Some of the talk show pundits are commenting on the possibility of a Palin/Beck run in 2012. Aside from the fact that neither one could possibly run a country, this is a script that even Disney would refuse. Obviously logic is something that a large section of our society is only vaguely aware of. They don't seem able to read the small print. This idea of Palin for president is only slightly sillier than saying "Britney Spears" fpr Pres.

    November 19, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. Nea

    The reason why most people wants her book is because they are just curious about what she have to say it, its not so much that they like her.

    November 19, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. Teejay

    What will the that quit on her people as a governor have to say in a book. I don't believe there's going to be any good material stuff. So NO interest in such book but just waist of money and time.

    November 19, 2009 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
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