Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa
August 10th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa

(CNN) - After a more than two-month hiatus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to crash the presidential party once again with a heartland-themed re-launch of her "One Nation" bus tour this week in Iowa, according to a Palin fundraising email obtained by CNN.

Palin is bringing her Constitution-draped bus to the Iowa State Fair, just 30 miles south of where the Republican presidential field will take the stage on Thursday for a presidential debate in Ames.

It's not yet clear which day the tour begins, but her surprise arrival in Iowa will happen before the closely watched Ames straw poll. Palin is not on the straw poll ballot.

According to a video link included the fundraising solicitation for Palin's political action committee, Sarah PAC, it appears the bus will also take Palin to Missouri and Illinois to visit the respective hometowns of former presidents Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan.

"The heartland is perfect territory for more of the One Nation Tour as we put forth efforts to revitalize the fundamental restoration of America by highlighting our nation's heart, history, and founding principles," Palin wrote in the email.

Sarah PAC Treasurer Tim Crawford would not provide more the details about the tour.

During the opening act of her bus tour in May, Palin toured historical sites along the East Coast, grabbing countless headlines along the way and stealing a share of the political spotlight from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who announced his presidential bid in New Hampshire at the same time her bus was driving into the state.

Federal paperwork reveals that her political action committee shelled out nearly $20,000 on the tour this spring.

The bus tour sequel adds even more drama to a blockbuster political week in Iowa, which holds the first contest in the presidential nomination fight.

Along with the debate and the make-or-break straw poll, most of the Republican candidates are slated to deliver stump speeches this week at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register-sponsored political soapbox.

And on Sunday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Palin ally who is on the verge of joining the 2012 race, will make his Iowa debut at a Republican fundraising dinner in Waterloo.

Palin's re-emergence in Iowa just hours before the debate is a reminder that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee intends to remain part of the presidential discussion as long as possible, despite being largely dismissed by party insiders.

While polls show that Republicans harbor doubts about whether she should run for president, Palin would undoubtedly be a factor in the GOP primary thanks to her popularity among conservative activists and a knack for attracting media attention.

A Gallup survey out Tuesday showed that Palin generates more enthusiasm among GOP voters than most of the candidates already in the race. And as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently put it, "she could raise enough money to burn a wet mule."

Her advisers have long emphasized that such star power gives her the ability to delay a decision about joining the race until after Labor Day.

Palin has pointed to September as a loose deadline for making a decision about whether she will seek the GOP presidential nomination.

There is also anecdotal evidence that Palin has the potential to shake up the Republican race in Iowa.

Despite having no formal campaign infrastructure in the state, hundreds of supporters turned out in June to catch a glimpse of Palin when a sympathetic film about her rise to power debuted in Pella.

She has plans to return to the state over Labor Day weekend for a Tea Party rally in the Des Moines area.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (466 Responses)
  1. Damian

    Maybe if we're all really lucky her bus will get lost for ever i nithe Bermuda Triangle never to bee seen or heard from again. She's like the annoying fly that just won't go away!

    August 11, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Hank

    Palin is a trouble maker in politic and is a stumbling block to the Republican party.

    August 11, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Two Thumbs Down

    Sarah & Todd fantasize about putting that tour bus up on cinderblocks on the White House lawn after they & their bratty kids move in...

    August 11, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. sodakhic

    Oh man the lefties are out today. For some reason only Sarah Palin is out for money, Whoa I thought Obama was supposed to raise a billion. Having parties and rallies and dinners while America goes down the toilet. Hey Barack Bush gave up golf for the sake of the troops, why don't you do the same thing for the sake of your black brethren, with 30% unemployment.To self centered. Well maybe Hillary will primary your ass

    August 11, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    "Queen of the Trolls"!!, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH....that's great!

    August 11, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. StXavier

    Here she goes again looking for the lime light, she must know she'll never make it to the white house it's her BIG ego that keeps her looking for pats on the back. Thank GOD them that do pat her on the back are far an few between. PLEASE STAY HOME an try to ack like a mom that is if you can do that with out looking for a pat on your back.

    August 11, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Mauve

    Sarah Palin is an idiot! When you see her circus bus rolling down the street in your town, turn your back-it will send a message. We don't need a half governor running for any office. She needs to go home and guide her promiscuous children, explaining abstinance to them and why it is so important to her campaign. You know, all that Christian conservative blather Sarah spouts ...her children's behavior make her look like a hypocrite. Right, Sarah? You do know that abstinance means waiting until you are married to have sexual intercourse....right? Otherwise, there is a risk of grandchildren born before marriage or grandchildren born after a 4 month marriage. If you can't influence your own children,how can you expect to influence anyone else? Go home Sarah! Bus driver turn that bus around!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Geronimo

    One thing I've been kicking through my demented little mind, how about the ticket in 2012 of Sarah Palin and Chuck Norris ?

    August 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. J.Crobuzon

    This is just sad. What a profoundly stupid woman.

    August 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. chuck

    She can't run because she is incapable of a debate. All her little videos are taped in the home in her little studio that FOX news built for her in Wasilla. All her videos are scripted so she can read them off a card. Rememeber Katie couric's interview-I rest my case4. O You know she can;t trust that "mean naughty out to get her media" By the way, her little daughter hates these phoney PR bus tours. SP dragfs that poor kid all over the country just to make cash. She makes Octomom look good. Social services should look at this Palin family-kids are sooooo messed up.

    August 11, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Bcorp

    I get a kick out of the liberals, no wait, communists who post here making disgusting comments about Palin and others. How soon they forget what happened last election where so many were elected that Palin endorsed. Obviously these commies are not able to comprehend the results of her backing of candidates. What is the truth is that more people agree with her than the few to do not. Should she choose to run, which she will, she will win nomination and election by a landslide and deliver a blow to the communist take over of our country.

    August 11, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. mike

    She's an empty suit

    August 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Chris in Iowa

    Would you please stop giving this idiotic woman the time of day! She is so not worthy of the attention you give her. I wish her bus would drive straight through Iowa and just keep on going (right back to Alaska). What a waste of time!

    August 11, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Sophie

    What cracks me up about all the hateful comments is that if she is so irrelevant why would you
    be bothered by her. Secondly, I am never surprised by the ignorance of most Liberals in calling
    her and all Conservatives names. It is the last resort of ignorant people who find it hard to form
    a coherent argument for their positions and therefore fall back on calling names. Very childish!!!
    Scary so many are like that though. Kind of makes me scared for my country with all that ignorance!!!
    No wonder we are in such a mess!!!

    August 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Sophie

    Only ignorant people will call others names. I find a lot of Obama supporters are just such people!!
    He and his minions are all good at that. But, know what they aren't good at. Fixing the countries
    problems and bringing the American people together!! I find that the ignorant call names because they
    find it really difficult to form coherent arguments. Sad, we have so many ignorant people in America
    Go Sarah Go!!! Sarah Palin – 2012

    August 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Rich

    You have to hand it to her. She found a way to get the mouth breathers to pay for her family's vacations.

    August 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Sophie

    Sarah Palin is awesome!! Palin – 2012!! People commenting about her big ego should really
    take a good look at the man in the White House they voted for. No one has a bigger ego then
    that man!!!

    August 11, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Todd Palin

    Todd the Godd says: "Grizzly-pants stands no chance."

    August 11, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Private Dryness

    Thank you, CNN, for more simple minded babbling from the Peggy Hill look alike.

    August 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. davegeorgia

    TEA PARTY ROCKS!! WE HAVE A PLAN and you don't have to be an emory professor, IMPEACH INDICT INCARCERATE no mo bo the ZERO

    August 11, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. shaeneqa

    independents against obama/palin

    August 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Julia

    Her level of desperation is embarrassing.

    August 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Starman

    Put enough gas in the bus to keep her rolling forever. She's looking a little thin don't you think? The little pit bull daughter is right up there ready to take on anyone that disagrees. This act may not go anywhere, but I'm afraid it will run for a long time.

    August 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. NC Bob

    Palin is an idiot and anyone who supports her is an idiot. If by a miracle, she won the GOP nomination, it would practically assure another Obama victory. She only appeals to a small group of nut bags. The mainstream GOP would never get behind her and stay home and moderates would never support her. If Republicans want to win back the White House they better find some real, viable candidates fast.

    August 11, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. J Myer

    Sarah Palin is still under contract with Fox News and we all know she loves that money! I would think Fox would wake up and question her motives and her plans. She is "playing" with everyone by showing up at all the main Republican events to distract the audience from the candidates. She could have taken her bus tour two weeks ago, but it is obvious what she is doing now. Can't share the spotlight and doesn't want anyone to forget her. If she is going to run, why doesn't she be honest and get on with it – her followers are getting tired of the games.

    August 11, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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