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

    Ms. Palin will not run because she would have to submit to real questioning by the media not the pre arranged questions she gets on FOX news. Could you imagine her on Meet the Press?

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Carlos

    Is she serious? I find her to be nothing but a joke...a very bad joke!

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. diridi

    waste of time even to read this....

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. ChiTownArkie

    I hope and pray that Palin runs. It would be great circuses. In fact, I don't believe she has that "fire in the belly" at all. What she has is an emptiness in the pocketbook. Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money. Once the coffers are filled again, she'll back out. Palin doesn't want nor have the ability to govern. She wants attention and cash.

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. navagater541

    Just keep stretching that 15 minutes..

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Dan

    If Palin is elected I'm moving to Canada..or anywhere else she isn't.

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. sid

    oh no this circus again! ..her cashflow is drying up so need attention of 24 hour news media.

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. walter S. Adams

    Star power, yes – political agitator, yes – presidential material, not so much. She loves the limelight and easily confuses adoration with admiration. But, when the focus got too intense in Alaska, she quit her job. The scrutiny in Alaska was laughable compared to what she'd have to endure as a serious presidential candidate. If past is prologue, she'll drop out of the race long before ever having to own up to her massive lack of qualifications for such a serious job. And why would she ever trade her current multi-million dollar gig for a job that pays a measly $400,000 a year? I'm betting on a Trump v2.2 in the making; as soon as she's driven up her own stock, she'll take the money and pull out of the race. But I also suspect the nation is suffering from Palin fatigue, and she'll fizzle as quickly as Trump's trumped-up bid for the nomination.

    May 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Blackman in the know

    WOW this is the "best" the GOPers/Ters can come up with..................SAD and TRIFLIN.

    May 26, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. David

    If they're historical sites, she probably hasn't heard of any of them...

    May 26, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Mike Hawthorne

    Just like Trump, she has no intention of running for president. She's just using the "possibility" to get rich from speaking engagements, book sales, and movie royalties. But I don't mind since it's only the incredibly stupid people who are paying her and they deserve exactly what they're getting – nothing of real value.

    May 26, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Walker57

    Snowball...Hell...there's a connection.

    May 26, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Dan The Man Levitan

    Donate as much money as you can! Fuel the fire in her belly. The sooner you build her up, the sooner people will tire of her. Send her tons of cash.

    She wants your money! She wants to promote her Movie! and her other projects! I bet you most republican's who see this will donate right away. LOL

    May 26, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Carol

    Star power does not make a good president. She is not someone I could ever take seriously. She is not mature or smart enough to cope with any political office and cannot take unrehearsed questions. I guess she thinks her upcoming movie will erase all the stupid things that have come out of her mouth! If you want to know Palin's record, do not ask her, ask the people she represented.

    May 26, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. mary

    Yeah! RUN SARAH RUN.....This is a Win / Win for President Obama and a second term !!!! Sooo looking forward to the debates! You Palin faithful keep on sending her your hard earned money-we independents with brains sure do appreciate it..... This made my day but I'm a little sorry for her faithful...They can't recoginze a fruad when they see one...Oh and by the way please all you Dems out there -cross parties in the primaries and vote for her so we can assure her GOP nomination. I'll bet all the establishment repubs just had to change their briefs and panties today--

    May 26, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Dan The Man Levitan

    Ask Palin why she took HGH!!!

    She will deny it but ask anyway.

    May 26, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Ronald Raygun

    why do people continue to believe that she could be president? she would have us at war with every muslim nation, then quit when she got tired of the job. she is in the business of television ratings not running a nation.

    May 26, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Michelle

    Surprise Surprise! I am more scared that she will now be living in my community than her becomming president. She will NOT get the Republican nomination and even if she did, by some miracle, she would NOT beat Obama.

    May 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Justin T.

    No one cares. Stop reporting on her.

    May 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. ramboman2011

    Also... Dear God no.

    May 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Jimmy

    What is this lady trying to accomplish? even uneducated, underdeveloped Republicans know she is a joke?

    May 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Dale

    Lord help us all.

    May 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. pkfops


    Palin takes a vacation.

    May 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. diane

    God help us

    May 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Sarah is simply milking her spotlight for everything she can before she is forced to exit the stage. Before being eliminated through incompetency and lack of qualifications, she'll bow out of the race "To do what's right for her family." If that's truly the case, that her family is the reason that she won't run, then she wouldn't be doing a movie and a national tour. It's just a cop out to avoid being labeled a failure.

    May 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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