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.


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

    And you thought Charlie Sheen's tour was bad, wait until you see this. Is she going to sing? Does she dance? Is she going to model clothing? One thing is guaranteed, the people that show up to see her (stupid pet tricks) are a "who's who" of the dumbest people in America.

    She has no chance in hell of winning the nomination, but if she did it would be the greatest possible gift for President Obama in 2012. Go ahead, Sarah, run.

    May 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Jersey Girl

    I would like to see her run just so i can watch her get eaten up in the media.
    So pathetic, she has shown that she can be very spiteful and vindictive.
    She cant even control her own family, Yet she feels she can control a whole country.
    She lost me when she used her young son's condition for publicity and votes.
    LOSER

    May 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. speakingforeveryoneoutsidealaska

    the dumbest person in america should not be considered for any job let alone the presidency... figure out how to keep your daughters pants up before you try and solve the country's problems... just go away

    May 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. nugget

    "She recently returned from a trip to the Middle East aimed at burnishing her foreign policy credentials.".
    Are we sure her trip to the "Middle East" didn't just take her to Maryland or Virginia ?

    May 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. hhv94

    Oh yes, this is just what the GOP needs. Obama to win an easy election if this woman gets the republican bid for the GOP. I still do not understand why people follow this woman.

    May 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Tim

    How/why is she even considered a political figure? I never understood that. Given the chance, plenty of people could do the same (talk and share their opinions) and some will do better than others, and most would do better than her. She will be a small footnote in political history and forgotten in 15 or 20 years, thankfully. The GOP has better candidates already running, but she has the need to fill her ego and waste time, even if she knows she doesn't have a shot (or maybe she thinks she does, ouch!)?

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. cocerned

    NOOOO!! Not again.

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Joe

    President Palin?

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. AndYetStill

    She's a star, she doesn't have to debate!

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Terry

    Gimmee a break!!! The quitter from Wissillya is at it again. If this is the best the GOP can do they might as well concede the elections now and get it over with. Palin in jawdroppingly unqualified for the job. This country is in deep, the wheels are falling off and we need strong leadership, not a has been reality show personality

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. rakkkasan1187

    That she is finally going to go back to Venus........

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. PALINHOPE

    Come on Sarah. Don't take anymore insults from the stupids. Your the woman America must have to save her. True Americans get behind this woman. Remember what comes out of the Obama supporters is only slurs, fourletter words and untruths. Obama wishes to change America's constitution. Did you see where the NAACP was allowed to cover the statue of George Washington so they could have their rally. Who gave them permission to do that. OBAMA of course. Who changed the Oval Office and removed all the prior Pictures of former Presidents. WAKE UP YOUR BEING PLAYED FOR FOOLS>.They do not recognize us are any patriot of America. So let's not recognize them: VOTE SARAH PALIN 2012

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Mike

    Wounder what country she see's outside her Scottsdale home? ;o)

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. puck_the_hockey_cat

    Is it possible she is missing all of the early showings because Mrs. Palin is basically incapable of saying anything of worth or substance?

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. vince

    She couldnt finish being governor cause she wanted to be on tv. Not someone i want as my president no matter dem or republican. The rest of the world would laugh at us if that was our leader.

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

    A "fevered pitch" ? That's stretching it quite a bit.

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Grumpy

    Stay home, Mrs. Palin! But if you must go on a nation-wide tour, please visit places where there are lots of people who are unemployed, under-employed, elderly and poor and tell them why your political party doesn't care about any of them.

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

    I once went to France. I had no idea I was burnishing my foreign policy credentials. Is burnishing tax deductable? I think it's going to take a little more than a million dollars to put lipstick on that pig.

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

    If she is elected President, I will move to Canada.

    May 26, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. jellylee2020

    So which non-human animal did they find to force to portray Palin in the the movie version or will it just be CGI'd.

    May 26, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. corona kid

    correction; Cantor will send help if it comes out of money for school lunch programs and artificial limbs for orphans. And the missing 1% from my calculations will of course go to Carl Paladino who will certainly run on the REALLY ANGRY white guy line.

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

    Run Forest Run!

    Lair, Cheater, Theif and quiter, Exactly what we need in a predident

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

    Maybe a twister will drop a house on her!

    May 26, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. John Wright

    Sarah is still the number one candidate the socialists and democrats fear. If she was such a flawed candidate the aforementioned would be championing her running and sit back and watch her fail but.......

    May 26, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. American

    This is almost as good as Trump running

    May 26, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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