August 31st, 2010
09:52 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin returning to Iowa for major GOP fundraiser

Palin will return to Iowa in September.
Palin will return to Iowa in September.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is set to headline the Iowa Republican Party's annual Ronald Reagan Dinner on September 17, the former Alaska governor's first political visit to the leadoff caucus state since she traveled there as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

The trip comes at an opportune moment for Palin, who has flexed her muscle this midterm cycle by successfully backing a number of conservative candidates in closely-watched GOP primaries nationwide, and is guaranteed to heighten speculation about a possible 2012 presidential bid.

Palin's visit was first reported by TheIowaRepublican.com on Monday evening and confirmed by the Republican Party of Iowa on Tuesday morning.

The Des Moines fundraiser is also certain to be a huge draw for the Iowa Republican Party, which is looking this November to re-capture the governor's mansion along with majorities in the state Senate and House.

Iowa GOP officials were eyeing Palin for the dinner as early as this spring, and landing the former Alaska governor is something of a coup, in part because Palin has until now largely resisted invitations to appear at party events in the crucial presidential nominating states.

Like other major fundraising dinners in key states, the featured speaker is often the subject of presidential buzz. Past headliners at the Reagan Dinner include Mitt Romney, who spoke in 2004, and Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson, who attended in 2007.

But the event has also hosted several leading Republicans who flirted with presidential bids but decided against running, such as former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and former New York Governor George Pataki.

Palin visited Iowa late last year, for a book signing as part of her national book tour for "Going Rogue: An American Life."


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. November 2010

    Sarah's touch = $$$$. Drives the libs crazy which is fine by me. 63 more days and counting..............................

    August 31, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Linda

    Who cares about this quitter, wingnut wack case!

    August 31, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Lynn

    She has nothing but Star Power. Same as Lindsey Lohan, no brains, but people love to watch her train wreck.

    August 31, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. GL

    I hope this woman is stupid enough to run in 2012. And I think she is just that stupid to make a run in 2012 even though most people think she is not qualified to be President of the USA. Obama 2012 all the way.

    August 31, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Debbie from Arizona

    Oh, goody. How much will she make this time?

    August 31, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. GL

    The trip comes at an opportune moment for Palin, who has flexed her muscle this midterm cycle by successfully backing a number of conservative candidates in closely-watched GOP primaries nationwide, and is guaranteed to heighten speculation about a possible 2012 presidential bid.

    Thats right she and her family are nothing but OPPORTUNIST. THANK you McCain for leasing these poor white trash family on the American people.

    August 31, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. GL

    The Des Moines fundraiser is also certain to be a huge draw for the Iowa Republican Party, which is looking this November to re-capture the governor's mansion along with majorities in the state Senate and House.

    Dream on Republicans because I really don't think the American people are ready to turn over the keys back to the party that help get this country in the mess it is in. We do not want to go back to Bush era. We want to move foward even if it is going to be hard for the next couple of years.

    August 31, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Jaywing

    Sarah Palin - where have I heard that name before? Oh yes, isn't she the person who lied about Death Panels, quit her job and made snide comments concerning the president's race? Yes, I remember her. I thought she had disappeared. Perhaps it would be better if she did so again.

    August 31, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Please explain to me again how this publicity-crazed woman could speak at a rally about supposedly "restoring honor" and "turning to God" when she quit mid-term as Governor of Alaska and has made a career out of lying and inciting hatred, fear and division?

    BTW, only a fool would buy into the idea that our country has somehow lost its honor and/or turned away from God simply because the party that lost in November 2008 can't put the good of our country ahead of its own lust for money and power.

    August 31, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    I want to see her birth certificate,she must have been born in Texas,she is one dim bulb.

    August 31, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. June in Chicago

    Please, please make this idiot go away!! She is not relevant, she is ignorant and she is hateful! Enough with the Palin garbage. Maybe she could do Dancing With The Stars. At least it might keep her busy a bit before she drops out – because that is what Sarah does. . .

    CNN – if you are going to continue to cover this person, then please do a sit down interview with her so the whole country can see what an idiot she is. Where's Geraldo when you need him?

    August 31, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. kari

    Palin and her followers want the US to be ruled by their God's law. Muslim zealots want the world to be ruled by their God's law. No difference.

    August 31, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Run Sarah run. Just like you did form the job your swore to do in Alaska.

    You retard why don't you stop taking money from the poor people who think you care about them. You and Beck should be in prison for fraud.

    August 31, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Nadeem

    Sarah Palin is a russian spy terror baby. Born in a former Russian state, saw them from her window, born while the loophole of 14th amendment was in place.

    August 31, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    60% of Americans says she's not ready to run for President. She should run for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Hate & Division.

    August 31, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Talking points, talking points, get out yer talking points!! You bethcha!!

    August 31, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Gracie

    Way to go GOP, Palin will surely guarantee a LOST come November! Whoopie!!!!

    August 31, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Russ

    Yeah, if she actually shows up. If she does it will only be because they are paying her a huge speaking fee. Pretty sad you won't help your own political party unless they pay you. Not that she will really be of any help. Can we say media whore?

    August 31, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Truth

    What a beautiful strong soul.

    Some women may not agree with her pro-life stance but not to respect her is so very sad.

    With Sarah Palin you know what you are getting. She tells you how she feels and never backs down. As she once said “Politically if I die, I die.”

    Whether we like it or not, women want to be Sarah Palin (though some would never admit it) and men want her as a buddy. Why not she loves sports and loves to hunt and fish.

    She walks the walk and takes all the hits that come with it.

    I for one would love to walk in Sarah Palin’s shoes for one week to see what it is like.

    This woman would have been a great VP.

    August 31, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    It's becoming clear why the Democrats despise Sarah Palin so much. They have nobody and I mean no man or woman that can bring the excitement about Democrat values the way Sarah gets people excited about Republican values and the power of conservative philosophies. Who do the Democrats have...Hillary Clinton? About as exciting as watching paint dry. The pantsuit is cleanly pressed, but nobody's home.

    August 31, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. MC

    who cares, maybe she will stay there and disappear from sight lol!

    August 31, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Monty

    Who cares what Barbie is doing. CNN get some good news and leave Paling Barbie or your rating will be down.

    August 31, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. don

    Iis Sister Sarah representing the Tea Party or the GOP? Or are they one in the same?

    August 31, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Okay libs, once again CNN has provided the target. Open up and show the world how nasty, degrading, demeaning, racially bigoted, anti-feminist and hypocritical you are. Hope CNN, keeps concentrating on Palin. Every time a liberal makes some nasty comment about her, we get one more solid vote.

    August 31, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Big Ed

    What if she went to an event and no one covered it? She blasts the "lamestream media", yet like a couple of crack addicts, the media covers Palin and Palin performs like a trick monkey. If Palin had an original thought, it would knock her on her silly behind. Just say no to drugs, just say no to Palin!

    August 31, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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