Iowa GOP Chair: Palin has work to do in the state
August 11th, 2011
09:16 PM ET
7 years ago

Iowa GOP Chair: Palin has work to do in the state

Washington (CNN) - Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin better get to work in Iowa if she wants to run for president.

"This isn't the type of process where you can give speeches to thousands, or you can be behind 30-second ads or even Facebook posts," Strawn said in an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" Thursday. "You need to be on the ground, letting Iowans look you in the eye and kick the tires."

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee hasn't announced a White House bid, but she made news Wednesday when confirming that her "One Nation" bus tour will roll into the Iowa State Fair this weekend.

The Hawkeye state hosts the first caucus in the 2012 primary and caucus calendar.

"She needs to do those things that have proven what you need to do to be successful in the Iowa caucuses, which is get here and actually let the voters ask tough questions," Strawn said.

Palin will be in Iowa during a crucial weekend for the 2012 presidential field. The second presidential debate takes place Thursday night in Ames, a city that's also home to the high-stakes straw poll on Saturday.

While she hasn't thrown her hat in the ring, Palin has remained at the forefront of recent political issues, weighing in on the debt deal and Standard and Poor's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating through media appearances and posts on her Facebook page.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Amber

    Who cares about this publicity hound. I think most Americans are over this loser!!! Send her back to the frozen Tundra!!

    August 12, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. majicmahon

    When is anyone going to call her actions for what they are? Completely self-srving. while others are truly working hard hitting the debate circuit, she's out there self-promoting for TV speach appearance and of course, the completion of her trilogy of books. Get rid of this wench, once and for all.

    August 12, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Proud Liberal

    While she hasn't thrown her hat in the ring, Palin has remained at the forefront of recent political issues, weighing in on the debt deal and Standard and Poor's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating through media appearances and posts on her Facebook page.

    Ha-ha! What a laugh! Palin has nothing to offer. She came out and bashed Romney and President Obama. That's the extent of her "weighing in" on the debt deal. Amazing that CNN see's this woman as a bonafide potential "candidate."

    August 12, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. majicmahon

    she's not debating because she can't. She's going to battle with a bow and arrow.........not much more. Gathering information to use against opponents down the road in a "you said this" way.................she's playing the role of a gutless weed sitter.

    August 12, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Lenny Pincus

    You mean riding around in a bus and exiting every now and then to cackle, "Look at me!!!" isn't work? This is the hardest she's worked in months. I think she's afraid of her evil twin Crazy Eyes Bachmann.

    August 12, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. bluedogboy

    It's all about money with Palin. She never had any, so now that she is worth millions she wants more. It's all about selling books and getting paid for speeches. If she's not in the spotlight the well could dry up.

    August 12, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. AEK

    She WILL NOT face the public in any non scripted event, hence the reason for not declaring in time for the debate. If she can't Tweet it, or release a statement on Facebook it will not happen. Frankly, I would love to see her as a candidate for something so she would be held accountable in real time for the outrageous things she says.

    August 12, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |

    Is she ever "going away" ? Those of us (we sane ones) in this country are sick and tired of hearing from this incompetent person!

    August 12, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Given that all the Republican candidates and presidential wannabes keep calling for "getting government off our backs" and "shrinking government," they are all for eliminating farm subsidies, right?


    August 12, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Norm

    Palin is milking her following for every dime, no show at the Republican Debate, much easier to hindsight everyone else. She probably will not run, but she wants to keep those cards/letters and donations coming.

    August 12, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. maggie

    The only thing Sarah Palin is running for are the cameras. Are you kidding?

    August 12, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. FDA

    She hasn't declared because she knows that she is nothing but a talking point replay of Hannity and Rush. She still refused to be interviewed by the media because she cannot answer any questions that she hasn't rehearsed the answers for. It would disastrous for her to be in an open forum debate, or to face a crowd that get's into subject with her. Anyone can repeat talking points to a base of their followers. She knows that once she announces that she isn't running, her value drops, and the big money dries up. I don't recall seeing anyone so shallow, that has been built by the media as someone of importance for so long. Even Joe the plumber faded away. This women is an opportunist, that is it! She went to school to be a sports journalist, now she is telling the country how to run it's economics. Just me, if every economic expert in the world cannot fix out economy, we better not listen to this hag! With a congress that benefits from Obama's failure, what incentive do they have to help the job market until the election cycle is over? The congress is burning this country to the ground!

    August 12, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Casual Observer

    So, according to the front page of CNN, 8 GOP declared candidates were debating, (I stress DECLARED) while the quitter from Wasilla was joy-riding on a bus tour pretending to campaign – while THINKING about it?

    There should be no thinking at this point. Give it up – others have committed, she should just be committed!

    August 12, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. person

    It isn't funny anymore America...this is our reality. Really think about this, please. This isn't funny anymore.

    August 12, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Ex-republican

    Somebody else said that before, but I will repeat: "Can I cast my vote for Obama now, and be done, or do I really have to wait next year"?

    August 12, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. What's a Palin?

    She quit once as governor. What makes anyone think she will follow through this time?

    August 12, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Sniffit

    Kick the tires? Meh. Her alignment is off and the onboard computer is broken. Moreover, her emissions are foul and shouldn't pass inspection.

    August 12, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. J.Crobuzon

    She's already told Rick Parry she'd be his VP, so this is just a vacation for her. Remember, if you don't know she's STARTED running, you can't say when she QUIT.

    August 12, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. mama panda

    "Palin has remained at the forefront of recent political issues..."

    No, she hasn't. She's remained in the forefront of the media, which seems to think there's some merit to being gaga over her.

    August 12, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. rep2012

    Fear Palin much? I've never seen so much bad grammar in a thread before. Liberals one and all. Go back to getting your news from SNL...and Katie Couric, if you can find her. She probably is spending alot of time reading Palin's postings, and wondering where it all went wrong.

    August 12, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Phil in KC

    Good luck getting that big bus and all her entourage onto the fairgrounds, proper, along with all the other candidates.
    Also, while I don't agree with Strawn on much – I do agree that her campaign style will not work in Iowa.

    August 12, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! This country desperately needs her in the White House for 2 terms. President Palin is the only person who can fix all of our economic and fiscal problems. She will have the budget balanced in her 1st year and surpass Clinton's surpluses with less taxes than Dubya in the next 7 years. She will create record number of jobs with Palinomics, far more than every president combined. There will be more jobs than people to fill them. President Palin will drive unemployment and our debt down to 0!

    August 12, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. emma

    Rick Perry, if he is presidential material, should realize Palin as VP candidate would be a deterrent to getting elected.

    August 12, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. MB Seattle

    $arah Palin is not running for office. That would require her to debate, and we know she in incapble of stringing two thought together. Her sound bite ready zingers are not enough to get by on. She would like to circumvent the primary process which shows her distain for the republicn party so she will resort to try to play the role of king maker by throwing her support to a canidate that can debate which sounds like Rick Perry.

    August 12, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. J.Crobuzon

    "reading Palin's postings, and wondering where it all went wrong." I think you can point to the Paul Revere thing as the day it all went really sour for Palin, but there were some earlier debacles as well: the Katie Couric interview "I read ALL the papers!" or the resigning in disgrace come to mind. Really, you think she's competent enough to hold high office? Based on what?

    August 12, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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