'Risky' for Palin to wait on 2012 bid, Iowa GOP chair says
March 3rd, 2011
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

'Risky' for Palin to wait on 2012 bid, Iowa GOP chair says

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's advisers have long suggested that the former Alaska governor can afford to wait longer than other potential presidential candidates to enter the 2012 Republican primary race - possibly as late as the fall - thanks to her star power and built-in following among some grassroots conservatives.

But the head of the Iowa Republican Party told reporters Thursday that such a game plan could prove "risky" in his state, which traditionally hosts the first contest of presidential nomination fight.

"History would suggest that's a very risky strategy related to the Iowa caucuses," Iowa GOP chairman Matthew Strawn said during a sit-down with reporters at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. "The one thing that Iowans don't want to be is taken for granted."

While other potential GOP contenders have started dialing state lawmakers, reaching out key activists and making staff hires in the Hawkeye State, Palin has been largely silent in the state since headlining the state GOP's annual Reagan Dinner last September.

"There is an expectation that you're going to get the opportunity to ask these candidates the tough questions, face-to-face, whether it's in a town hall or a coffee shop or at our farm co-ops," Strawn said. "I don't see that changing this cycle. If you want the votes of the Iowa caucus goers, you need to be in Iowa asking for then and giving Iowans the opportunity to ask you the tough questions."


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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Snookie Palin is cowering in fear, terrified of the GOBP boys who will savage her if she sticks her neck out .

    March 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. sarahtwit

    All things Palin must end.

    March 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Frank

    I hope she gets into the race soon since the news has been slow lately. We could really have some good laughs.

    March 3, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Monty B.

    This is also what Rudy though, and look what happened.

    It just looks too much like Palin will inevitably decline to run. I mean, why would she? CNN covers her every tweet and facebook post, she makes millions speaking and writing books that say the same thing.

    March 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    This woman isn't bright enough to have a strategy. Unless there are other forces compelling her already divisive motives, she doesn't know how to function outside the world of controversy.

    March 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Sarah is strong enough to be able to do it on her own schedule. She has been consistent from day one with a clear message about the perspective government needs to have about its purpose. That is, to serve the nation, the people and the future rather than what the party and the politicians want right now. The Obama Administration and the last Democratic congress helped clarify Sarah Palin's message about what's wrong with the way government has been run. She has been building a base of support that is a force to be reckoned with by anyone with ambitions for 2012.

    March 3, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. KatR

    Maybe she's decided not to run? One can only hope.

    March 3, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. RN

    she doesn't want to be asked tough questions.
    she cannot answer tough questions.
    Ms Palin has nothing to offer.
    On the up side if she does decide to run: she will employ a lot of people and spend a lot of the money she made spreading her hateful message in this country and selling books she had someone else write.

    March 3, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. blake

    Please do not run Ms. Palin. You are not electable, too polarizing. You will ensure an Obama re-election. Put your influence behind an electable conservative.

    March 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. vin

    Answers to tough questions? Fugetaboutit.

    March 3, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Lee Tutt

    I'm thinking that if Sarah Palin run for President what will that do to the Republican party? Who in there right mind would vote for someone that knows a little about nothing, this country is all ready in a state of crisis and to think there are people will to put that kind of power into the hands of a person that believes her own B.S.

    March 3, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Rex Raptor

    Please run Sarah! This way we can continue to have Obama as president.

    March 3, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Rdepontb

    She has made a fool of the Republican party, has niggled after the Democratic party, has refused to show up at some Tea Party functions...she just wants to keep making money, not to be locked into office again. The fact that Fox did not lay her off as they did for Newt and Santorum says it all-she knows she's a lost soul, and knows the public has already tired of her.

    PLEASE, CNN-stop highlighting this poor woman!

    March 3, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Steve

    The whole point of this article is to remind everyone that Sarah Palin has never gone to a place where there is any chance she will get hard face-to-face questions! Ever. There are so many more qualified Republican candidates to be President than her it is almost embarrassing to the party that she even exists. But hey, she's folksy in a "I have a 10th grade vocabulary" sort of way!

    March 3, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Enough Already

    I really wish Sarah Palin would crawl back under the rock she came out from under.

    March 3, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. kds562

    The Iowa Repub Party is wrong, the longer she waits the better because then has doesn't have to propose new solutions and talk comprehensively about true topics for all Americans to consider. Every time she opens her mouth, nothing but trash comes out and it reveals her true ignorance.

    March 3, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Is this a joke? The only thing she is runningfrom is the real media. She has no intentions of running for president. It's been all about her making money. She is not going to lose all that ill gotten money for the salary of a president.
    Then again, she will never go any further unless she follows the porker to AZ, claims residency and tries to get back in the political arena. If the people of AZ forget what happened to rep Giffords she might have a chance, but I doubt they are that dumb!
    I am gagging on this one . . . . Her star power!!!!! BARF!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. anotherGDlefty

    "The one thing that Iowans don't want to be is taken for granted."

    Gee Matthew, how do feel about being taken for stupid?

    Star power, now that is a laugh...

    March 3, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. nuser

    Palin is not running. Tough questions ? To quote Ed Rollins:"She doesn't know anything."

    March 3, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Tam

    Does she know what "strategy" is? Does she know what anything is?

    March 3, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. jay in denver

    Palin doesn't answer tough face-to-face questions. Therefore, why on earth would she need to Iowa?

    March 3, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. one voice

    This is what you call ALL SHOW NO GO. This gold digger has NO CHANCE of being President: NONE,ZIP ZILCH. With an I.Q. of 20, NO WAY. Come on Sarah, we know you just want as much money out of your NITWIT FOLLOWERS as possible. One REAL DEBATE and you would be TOAST.

    March 3, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. anonymious

    After her former employee coming out with a book saying she deliberately lies to fire up her base, use her children by putting them in front of a camera to pretend she is all about family vaules especially her child with down syndrome, hated being governor of Alaska, runs her mouth with words she doesn't understand the definitions to etc... I think she's really President Obama's biggest supporter. At least his base hasn't realized he lied about ending the wars, lied about closing GITMO, allows the banks to steal from the American people without punishment, allowed the healthcare bill to punish U.S. citizens who do not have insurance by charging them $7,000 on top of the medical bills (hey if you can't pay up there will always be jail) and now supports the patriot act even more so then Bush.

    March 3, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Obama 2012

    Palin has no chance. Move along.

    March 3, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Silence Dogood

    I'm sorry, but in that photo with the wind so hard against her head that she has to tilt she looks so much like a balloon in a breeze.

    March 3, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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