Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz
May 26th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
4 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Bennett

    Palin's political mojo? Cockroaches got mojo too but nobody wants them around. Yet they keep crawling out of the woodwork, keep coming back and back. Let's all sing ... "La cucaracha, la cucaracha..."

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

    go away

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Monrob

    Please Palin Run, run run run to the toilet, jump & flush.

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. ADemocrat

    The whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That would be a blast of fresh air.

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    She wants attention she is a freak and a old wrinkled women raise you're kids do the world a favor.

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

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

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. palintwit

    All things Palin must end.

    May 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Stuart

    The Dems are salivating over the prospect of her as the GOP nominee. Of course all her posturing is just a way for her to raise undeserved funds and live high on the hog for a bit. First!

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. max

    sarah...go home to Alaska and leave the rest of us alone. Thanks

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. gcox45

    She was the only person I really voted for in the last election. She is one of the only people saying what she believes insteat of the political mumbo jumbo of both parties in the past talking for so long about nothing. I want someone telling me exactly where they stand. And I would like for them to do what they say after election instead of telling us lies! If you don't believe in GOD, how about truth and justice and being accountable!!

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. mani

    this stupid lady!!!

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. icu

    the problem with Palin is, she's stupid and doesn't even know it.

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. blake

    Stop it Sarah! Stop pursuing personal agenda and do what is in the best interest of the conservative movement in this country. You are far too divisive. You are not electable. Throw your support behind a solid conservative candidate who is electable.

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Amber

    YES
    Run Sarah, run. Sometimes I think maybe she's secretly on the side of the liberals.

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. AngryYoungandPoor99

    BBBWBWWWWWWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Skipt the hurdles??? Lacks in everything that actually matters but boy does she have Star Power. What a joke!!! If the people of this country were to vote her President, I believe it would be time for me to leave the land of stupidity!!!!!!!!!!!

    "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"

    May 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. geoff

    If this lunatic runs, God Help America. If she actually wins, God Help America And The Rest of the World. While democracy may be the choice for most of us, letting this woman lose on the electorate is one of its major pitfalls!

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Tippy

    Ha-ha. Looks like nobody cares.

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Quincey9

    I hope and pray that this twit decides to run and gets the nomination. Hasn't she humiliated both her party and herself enough already?

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. what ever

    as long as she doesn't mess up the traffic for me again....

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Historlee

    Hope you do as well as your party did in upstate new york

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. D. Darko

    There once was a Mouth from Wasilla;
    So loud you'd swear it was Godzilla;
    When It lets out a roar, Fox Nation pleads "more"!
    Damn shame they love a Moose Killa.

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. madmatt

    woohoo bring that crazy political whore on....can she still see russia from her new house? What a lying piece of filth she is.

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

    Arizona or Alaska, what matters is what her platforms are, and who a running mate might be.

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Jack in Florida

    Let the fun begin!!!

    May 26, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. GL

    This woman need more the some tour of this country to even come close to winning the primary.

    May 26, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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