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."


Filed under: Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Donald

    Lol, run sarah pretty please, SNL need some new skits.

    August 31, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Steve in Denver

    I wonder if quitter twitter from wasilla will actually put an intelligent sentence together in this speech. It could happen . . .

    August 31, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Gale

    No matter how much hate and vile remarks you Democrats make, she is still well liked by many and is a real person instead of a lying, cheating liberal.

    August 31, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Ben in Texas

    CNN should change its name to "The Daily Palin". Palin shmalin. The only headline about her I care to see is "Palin Shuts Up".

    August 31, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. anagram_kid

    Why can’t she just ask for money from Facebook ro Twitter? That is how she conducts all of her other ‘political activities’.

    August 31, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. NVa Native

    Like Pahilin's doing all this out of the goodness of her heart.
    Book signing means she's still selling books, and speaking engagement means she's getting her; pre-screened audience questions, Lear Jet 60, and more – plus you can't forget the $75K!
    I can appreciate her taking the "fearful and confused followers" (right-wingers/teabaggers) for what their worth.
    But please don't confuse "from the heart" with "show me the money!"

    August 31, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    come on, we need a true take charge person and we know she is not it, obama is a joke and mccain is to old, we need someone with som trur spunk and leadership to take control, we need a business leader, not a career politician.

    August 31, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. sandy

    They must have had to come up with big bucks to get her. Sarah only campaigns for money,.

    August 31, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Ken in NC

    I hope she and Gingrich run in 2012.

    August 31, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Are you kidding me?

    This sounds like another $75,000. due from the GOP to line her coffers!!! Looks like she is still "Going Rouge". She may not be qualified to be President, but you have to give her this, she sure as heck knows how to bilk the not so informed out of their cash!! She's got them right where she wants them, getting in line to GET HER PAID!!

    August 31, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Tam

    God bless and help America. How did we get to the point that someone below the lowest common denominator is considered a "leader"?!

    August 31, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. emma

    Two scenarios are possible. 1) Sarah will run and blame the Media for
    her failure to make it past the Primary, or, 2) Sarah will not run because
    she would make less money and would be required to be responsible and accountable.

    August 31, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. boocat

    I wish this moron would take a long walk off a short pier.

    August 31, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Riley

    Whether you like her views or not, she is certainly a superstar.

    August 31, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Oh, please, let Palin run for president.

    She completely tanked herself in the one and only vice presidential debate and came away looking like an utter moron. Can you imagine how this one-brain-celled individual would do going up against a very intelligent, erudite President Obama? He'd wipe the floor with her and we'd get another laugh at her expense.

    Didn't anyone tell her how badly she embarrassed herself going up against an intelligent man like Joe Biden? It was glaringly obvious that she's a twit and that debate proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    She really needs to just go home and let the smart people handle things.

    August 31, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. RAWoD

    Why does this simple, half-term ex-govenor get any press at all?

    August 31, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. idesign

    and the Palin arny marches on, gathering more recruits along the way.....

    August 31, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. jkl

    Big, really BIG event;

    PALIN 2012

    August 31, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. KMAN821

    I'm so excited I'm getting goosebumps!

    August 31, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. johnrj08

    Let's all hope it's one-way.

    August 31, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Fixer2010

    If Sarah Palin is the best that the Republicans can throw at America, I only have one thing to say...."Enjoy your next term in office President Obama".

    August 31, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Tim Worley

    I thought the "big trip" would be to Russia....after all, she can see it outside her window but has never been there. I see another story here that states "clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president...". Well, if you look at her "experience" as mayor (quitters don't get to put the governor post on their resume) you will find, after looking at a picture of the Wasila City Hall, that it is (in the words of one pundit) about as large as a medium size bait shop in SW Louisiana. Yeah, this is who I want in the Presidency all right... How come the story isn't entitled "an overwhelming majority" or "everyone whose chest rises and falls with their every breath" feels she is not qualified to be President? It's because uneducated goober lemmings run rampant in this country.

    August 31, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. MAhole

    Who is paying for this trip and how much????

    Tell us the whole story........

    I won't be there. Hearing fingernails on a blackboard (her voice) creeps me out.

    August 31, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. KateB

    If by "successful" you mean picking 3 winners out of the 24 or so she's endorsed...

    August 31, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. David

    I hope she DOES get the nomination in 2012. Then we'll see just how really, really stupid America has become when she gets elected, and China and Russia will be the new superpowers. If she wins, we will deserve all the crap that follows.

    August 31, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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