Washington (CNN) - Minnesota residents have a chance Wednesday to get a look at one of the biggest names of the 2008 presidential campaign – and maybe take a glimpse into the future.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to appear in Minneapolis Wednesday with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at a GOP rally and fundraiser for Rep. Michele Bachmann to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that 10,000 free tickets for the 3 p.m. ET rally have already been distributed. Tickets to an afternoon fundraiser run $500, while tickets for a private reception and photo opportunity will set couples back to the tune of $10,000.
But Republicans aren't the only ones looking to capitalize on the rally. The Minnesota AFL-CIO will hold a noon rally Wednesday at the state capitol. Tarryl Clark, a Democrat hoping to unseat Bachmann in November, urged followers to donate to her campaign on her Web site, writing that, "Michele Bachmann is using her best buddy Sarah Palin to try and scoop up the big bucks ... but to beat her – we need you to join us today."
The other "Honorary Hosts" scheduled to appear at the rally are also Minnesota Republicans: former Sen. Norm Coleman, Rep. John Kline and Rep. Erik Paulsen.