Iowa GOP Chair: Palin has work to do in the state
August 11th, 2011
09:16 PM ET
3 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. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    Sarah Palin is not running for office because she would have to give up that money that is coming in from FOX!! She is just like Huckbee just want to maintain a presents to make money!! They can care less about this Country!! I mean how quick when that money started flow in did Huckbee run out and buy a million dollar mansion? I think Palin has increased her real estate outside Alaska!! I swear it is so funny all those folks(teabangers) who sit around and listen to these one time so call middle class every day folks who are millionaires now and think they care about them. LOL

    August 12, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Pam

    She does have lots do do – live LEAVE IOWA! WE DO NOT WANT YOU HERE in our great state!

    August 12, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Run, $arah, Run. Guarantee President Obama another 4 years.

    Can you picture the Perry Palin Ticket?? God save us all.

    August 12, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. thomas

    Perry / Palin
    2012 Dream Team

    August 12, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. MSH Miami

    The Iowa GOP chair's advice to Palin is totally wasted. The woman is not going to run for President, but she has such a pathetic and pathological need for attention that she can't be honest about her intentions for fear that the media that professes to have such disdain for would turn their attention elsewhere. She might call them the "lame-stream" media, but she is clearly addicted to their attention.

    August 12, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. bardgal

    This is the worst kind of pathetic, juvenile, ATTENTION-STARVED, self-centered, desperate behavior. She's only there to try to steal as much of the spotlight from the other crazies as she possibly can, and I'm sure the GOPMEDIA will oblige.

    In another life, she'd have been an actor, if she had any talent.

    August 12, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Mark

    Hope Sarah Palin does NOT run. I don't know if I could handle another four years of Obama. With that said, until she announces her candidacy, she is just one more private citizen like everyone else. She is not currently holding public office and she has the right to express her own opinions however she may see fit. There is nothing that says she cannot go on television, or radio, or write a book and state her views. All of you talking nasty about her are acting like typical liberals. If she announces that she is running, then she is fair game for anyone, but until that happens, you all ought to just leave her alone.

    August 12, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Ibamaliar

    Come on Sarah you have been invited. Now is the time to make a full program that you are running or let us know so we can look at other canidates. WE DO WANT YOU. PALIN 2012

    August 12, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. AC

    Please Sarah run, we love you (not) but run anyway!

    August 12, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Tina, NC

    Palin's followers will still be holding out hope of her running on Nov 1, 2012 and they will STILL be sending her money. Anyone who can't see that she is only looking for money and attention is blind.

    August 12, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Renewal of America...!

    We truly hope Sarah Palin will go for it and become Americas' 45th-President...Sarah has an action-plan
    all worked out not to Change the country but for an economic-renewal of America...Go Sarah..Go..!

    August 12, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Me 2

    When will this woman get it? Most of the world cannot stand her. I know she is an idiot, but come on. Of course the rest of the GOP bunch running for president are all Looney Tunes.

    August 12, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Kay Wesi

    Sarah Palin is in this for the MONEY!!!!!

    She needs to keep herself relevant and in the spotlight (that's why she makes these strategic appearances and tries to keep the media at bay as to her real agenda), as she attempts to drag her children along for the MONEY ride (see Bristol Palin).

    Those who still believe in her are blind to that fact – there they are struggling to make ends meet while she rides around sounding off saying nothing running for nothing and solving NOTHING!!!!, but meanwhile making money off of the same folks who are looking to her to actually DO SOMETHING!!!!!

    August 12, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Howard

    Here is one simple question WTF is she doing?

    August 12, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. The Other Michael in Houston

    Uh Rep2012, no one fears Palin, she is keeping us entertained. And it isn't only Liberals who hate her, many moderates like myself very much dislike her. And why is Iowa so important. The whole state has a population of like.......10,000 give or take 9000. Who cares about the "straw" circus, just pick someone so we can get this butt kicking over with like we did in 2008. I just cannot wait to see the impending doomed look on the Tea Partiers faces when they realize that they lost....again.

    August 12, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Rob

    Sarah Palin wants to mess-up the candidates. I have news for her; they are already messed up.

    August 12, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Josh

    Thanks for the laughs all the people who think this woman will ever be president. I'm literally ROFL. I know you must be mad because it feels like you threw your money away. Well you did, and you should be mad at her. She ripped you off and played you like suckers. She isn't running so give up the fantasies, its starting to get creepy.

    August 12, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. MiddleOfTheRoad

    ".......actually let the voters ask tough questions," Strawn said.

    That's the very reason she's absent. And again I say, Fox needs to fire her.

    August 12, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. josh

    this is crazy talk. she doesnt want to run. how is she going to answer the serious questions like other "Real Candidates" from the real media? not to mention more $$$$$ ?????

    August 12, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Josh

    "Palin has remained at the forefront of recent political issues" That's hilarious! You can't be for real Ashley Killough. Palin is clueless and inept. Anyone who believes she has anything of value to add to the national debate is seriously deluded. She isn't running and the media looks pathetic every time they mention her.

    August 12, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Perry/Palin? Pretty/Pathetic!

    nuff said-

    August 12, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. w w

    Sarah, with her open mouth, looks like she's doing her best Kim Kardashian impression.
    And, isn't it school time? Shouldn't her junior bodyguard, pouty Piper, be in class?
    She hasn't had a job in two years, nor has she attempted to gain any practical diplomatic skills for the job she seeks. I won't hire her.

    August 12, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. w l jones

    Those guys trying to steal Ms. ..thunder but she had proven over and over again they do not get up earlier enough in morning to out fox her. Go Ms. go. Bless.

    August 12, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Ferret out the B.S.

    There are 3 so far on this blog that are aparently living in LaLa land. Maybe they should consider changing their meds.

    August 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. johnmenacherjr

    Gosh some of these are a riot! Seriously though Iowa picking anything for rest of the country hmmmm

    August 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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