Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz
May 26th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Not two days ago, Sarah Palin was all but written off as a possible presidential contender by the national media and Republican insiders who considered the field of 2012 candidates to be settled.

Now, fittingly, one of the country's most unpredictable political figures is preparing to prove them wrong.

Palin announced on the SarahPAC website that she has laid the groundwork for a nationwide tour, beginning this weekend in the nation's capital, that will once again thrust her into the national spotlight as she decides whether to seek the GOP nomination.

"As we look to the future, we are propelled by America's past. It's imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward," she said, in a statement.

"A good way to do this is to appreciate the significance of our nation's historic sites, patriotic events and diverse cultures, which we'll do in the coming weeks on our "One Nation" tour.

The multi-city journey will take the former Alaska governor to a series of historical sites along the East Coast "that were key to the formation, survival and growth of the United States of America," a Palin source told CNN.

Other stops on the week-long tour are expected to include the civil war battlefields at Gettysburg and Antietam, Philadelphia–to visit the Liberty Bell–and one in New Hampshire.

The tour is primed to garner a flood of media attention thanks to the slow-starting presidential race.

It will begin over Memorial Day weekend, during Sunday's Rolling Thunder rally in Washington, an annual pilgrimage of bikers to honor fallen soldiers and prisoners of war.

News of the tour comes as speculation about Palin's presidential intentions reaches fever pitch.

After remaining relatively quiet throughout the spring, Palin recently rehired former advisers Jason Recher and Doug McMarlin, CNN has confirmed.

Recher and McMarlin organized travel logistics for Palin in the year following her return to Alaska after the 2008 presidential campaign, but they parted ways last year. The two men would be instrumental in mounting a presidential effort should she decide to run.

Palin has also given her blessing to a $1 million feature-length movie about her rise to the governor's office in Alaska that will be shown later this summer in the crucial early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

She recently returned from a trip to the Middle East aimed at burnishing her foreign policy credentials.

And reports indicate that the Palins recently purchased a $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, Arizona, which would offer them a more feasible location to run a campaign from than far-away Alaska.

Palin's political action committee would not confirm the purchase or speculate on where a potential campaign would be based.

While political observers have dismissed her chances by pointing out her lack of activity in the early states that typically vault candidates the presidential nomination, her supporters insist that claim overlooks Palin's political mojo.

She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of star power required to skip early nominating hurdles like the network debates or the closely watched Ames Straw Poll and still be competitive.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. D1RefnVA

    Really? This is laughable. Palin has ZERO, and I mean ZERO chance of defeating the Prez...or even winning the GOP nomination.

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. wilson

    I was hoping the big announcement was that she was retiring to the interior of Alaska and we would never hear from her again.

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Fools wearing tea-pends

    Palin is what the Repubs label as a strong woman who should be feared by all who she and her supporters label as her enemies. These Repub women – Bawkman, Palin, Laura, Thomas, Coulter, etc., are shameful "poor me" hypocites.
    The truth is that anyone who resorts to lies and name calling to spread fear and distrust while playing the victim of her so called "enemy" shows their own weakness better than any opposition could.
    And in this limp field of lock-step Repub "contenders" weakness is their strongest trait.

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Andi

    Donald Trump and Sarah Palin should parter up and go ahead and completely anihilate the Republican Party. Luvs it! Both are attention whores who can't stand to be out of the lime light. Obama-Biden 2012!

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. beasterdamas

    Sarah,

    There is no opportunity in the world of politics for you. You've had your day Sun...Go relax off the wealth you've made over the past 2 years and fish and hunt and take care of Todd and your Children.

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Simon Cabron

    The lamestream media darling, herself! I would love for this airhead to enter the race. I can't wait to see her in a debate again.

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Devon Rex

    What a joke! Announcing to run for President and the premiere of her movie should have been launched on April Fool's day.

    May 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. repubsrfuls

    lololololololololololololol... I hear Russia looks pretty good from Alaska

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. janetlaw

    "Buzz?" What buzz? You mean the buzzing in our ears whenever she speaks? What an embarrassment to women. Enough already.

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Jeb Bush

    "She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of star power required to skip early nominating hurdles like the network debates"

    HA HA HA HA!!!! She isn't skipping network debates because she has star power. She'll skip them because debating exposes her as an idiot and a fraud. If you would seriously consider her to be in a position to run anything – especially this country – you are too stupid to vote. Really – you are an idiot and people know it.

    I love the reference to Star Power too because that is all palin has going for her – celebrity. And that is NOT something you want our President to be concerned with. This is a person who quit her job as Governer of Alaska to be a famous person.

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Louis in Wisc.

    C'Mon get in we need some more comedy since Trump dropped out. Let's see if she can see Russia from washinton D.C.

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Laura

    What a waste of money if she runs... she is a quitter. She will never live that down to become president. What happens if the going gets tough when she is president... will she just quit?

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Dennis

    Beam me up Scotty – This woman needs to stop it already! I can't believe the Gallup poll has her in 2nd place! Maybe the world should have ended last Saturday, it would have spared American voters who have brains this headline!

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. marty

    Will somebody tell this wacko to stay in Alaska and leave the insanity and ineptitude there ? Does the USA want a president who is fearful of the media ?

    May 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS

    Silly Sarah's favorables are at an all time low. I hope she does run so The President can wipe the floor with her.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. BigLeRoy

    Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber in 2012!! The Republicans need a ticket that will appeal to all the 'intellectuals' in the party!!

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Papasan

    To Every Republican that kissed her behind, drank the kool-aid and blessed Palin the Imbecile publicly.

    May everyone of them have a restless, tossing and turning, sleep-deprived nights they so richly deserve.

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Sue

    Delicious!
    Unless the GOP power brokers have the cojones to tell her to stand down, her candidacy will split the party and guarantee a second term for Obama.

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. allens

    why does anyone bother covering this attention loving fool. she is so irrelavent.

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. AlaskaFrmMahHouse

    God, why won't she just go away!

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. DanteX

    NORMALLY I would PRAY that this IDIOT -who was to LAZY to even finish her tern in office as Governor of the Great State of Alaska that the people entrusted her with but now comes before the Nation thinking about running for the presidency – Right. Good Luck with THAT- would simply fall-off the face of the Earth.

    Run Sarah Palin. PLEASE Run !

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. anobody

    This woman is a k00k and quitter and nothing besides.

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. pattyp1

    I wish Sarah would follow the yellow brick road and go home. WHile she continues to foll some of the people all of the time, you do not fool me. You are a attention grabbing, money hungry cow that has a super huge ego you need to show off. Hopefully once your but is beaten badly, hoepfully you will go back to the wilderness of ALaska from whence you came

    May 26, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. rhedd

    who in the world would vote for this air-head!!!

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. HapPe

    She is not political figure. She's an annoyance and lacks seriousness, inexperirnce, know-how and is clueless. She needs to just find a real job.

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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