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. Jack Tors

    I just hope she's wearing her MC HAMMER glasses during this tour de force. She's the greatest mind this country has ever seen. I heart Sara! Woo Hoo! Go Sara go!

    May 26, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Tracy

    A fire in her belly and rocks in her head. Remember: A vote for Palin is a vote for Obama.

    May 26, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. RusTnuts

    I don't really care one way or the other if she runs for CEO of USA...what can't be denied is she is a huge threat to the people that hate her. Cnn and left leaning contributors writing negatively about her daily for the last year plus is not a coincidence. It is in anticipation of a future election. The haters give her all the power she will need. Just watch the comments forthcoming in these articles with her as the subject.

    May 26, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. TT

    I hope the mayans were right about 2012 if palin wins.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. McCain's brother

    It is all about the money with Failin Palin. Hope she runs, the Dems will be a shoe in.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Mark

    My God... What are these people thinking? Sarah Palin? Really?

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Marta58

    Sarah Palin is not presidential material – everybody knows it except her. She should be a stand-up comic – maybe!! Thanks

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. jon

    Palin is exactly like Trump. They are both not going to actually run for office of President in 2012. (We already have found that out about Trumpy.) They just want to build up their "image" and get their names in front of the people – Trump for his TV show and building ventures, and Palin for her speech appearances and book deals. Get used to it folks – NO ONE is going to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 – and the Republicans will actually have a tough time getting ANYONE to spend the time and money it takes to run a campaign. Look how many of the wannabes have already dropped by the wayside.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Lincoln Place

    Run, Sarah, Run!!! It will be such a pleasure to see you flail your way through a debate with President Obama!

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. timd

    I wish she would just go back to doing what she does best and that's breeding worker bees for the minimum wage sector.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. dirtyharry1971

    anyone who votes for her should be made to move out of the country

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. XxThe_RemedyXx

    She's got my vote... NOT.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Lydia N

    Oh, no not again!!!!!!

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. C

    Boo. Shoot the GOP in the foot why don't you?

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. JoePublic

    Run baby Run – Mrs. Palin could absolutely wipe out any chance of the Republicans having any candidates, viable or not in 2012. Star power – How about Brain Power. Did she mention she quit her last job?

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. 21stCenturySLC

    OMG, let the circus begin again! And let's celebrate with certainty four more years of Obama, enough time for the Affordable Healthcare Act to be fully in place and it's benefits experienced by Americans in 2014! Go for it Palin, democrats love you!

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Center Fielder

    She isn't running for President. She's running for Oprah.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. some guy in New Hampshire

    Palin falls flat in New Hampshire. We're fiscally conservative and socially relatively libertarian. Plain's brand of social authoritarianism and personal reputation for petty vindictiveness doesn't play well here.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Moe Green

    Nooooooooooo!!!!! Can't she just go away

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. JPX

    I would love to see the vapid Palin run! She's the ultimate punchline to any joke. I would love to know the average educational level of the people who support her; I'm guessing high school dropout.

    May 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Nationwide Tour??

    There cannot be that many stupid people in America who would think this women has a viable chance to become President? If there are then they are below the 100 IQ level. This women is only in it for the money!!

    May 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. DrPete

    Ugh. She's like an inarticulate, uneducated cockroach. Why won't she just go away? I vote Democrat but it would be nice to see an actual intelligent, articulate GOP candidate for 2012. It would give me a shred of hope that the discourse would rise above the 4th grade level–something Palin's not so good at.

    May 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Blogson

    Good for her – as mayor left her small town of Walsilla deeply in debt, bailed out of her term as Alaska governor before completing it – nominating her should hand the Democrats the presidency on a gold platter. If she is the Republican candidate Obama probably will not need to concern himself with raising his hoped-for $1 billion for his re-election campaign.

    May 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Eric

    Mrs. Palin will explain during her tour how she's able to see Russia from Alaska.

    May 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. A

    She will probably quit the tour halfway.

    May 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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