Palin swarmed at Iowa State Fair
August 12th, 2011
04:48 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin swarmed at Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - On Friday afternoon, the day after a nationally-televised Republican presidential debate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty went largely unnoticed as he strolled around the Iowa state fairgrounds with a couple of aides.

It was an entirely different scene just minutes later, when Sarah Palin - former Alaska governor, worldwide celebrity and potential White House hopeful - appeared in the “Hall of Champions” livestock barn on a different side of the park.

Palin had been expected to attend the state fair, which is ground zero for presidential politics ahead of the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday, but her aides remained tight-lipped all week and revealed nothing about her whereabouts.

Her Iowa visit marked the opening of the Midwestern leg of her “One Nation” bus tour, which launched this spring with a tour of historical sites along the East Coast.

When she did show up at the fair, dressed in a white t-shirt and a pair of black jeans from her favorite Alaska designer, Palin was immediately swarmed by dozens of reporters and television cameras as news of her sudden appearance ricocheted around the fairground.

The press pack tiptoed around prize-winning cattle and errant pitchforks while thrusting microphones toward her face and bombarding her with questions about her national ambitions, the emergence of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Thursday’s GOP debate.

She welcomed Perry, a friend and political ally, to the presidential field but said she still sees “room in the field” and said it would not impact her decision-making process about the race.

“He is a great guy, I look forward to seeing him in the debates,” she said. “He was adamant that he wasn’t gone to run, so it’s surprising. I am surprised that he changed his position on that. But I am glad that he is going to be in there.”

Palin was escorted through the fairgrounds by a team of advance staffers and an Iowa GOP operative, Becky Beach, who has assisted Palin during past visits to the Hawkeye State. She had more staff on hand Friday than she did during the first leg of her bus tour.

Her husband Todd, who expressed enthusiasm about a potential campaign, was also at her side. He seemed to be enjoying the spotlight.

“After she resigned they said that she was washed up and done right?,” he said with a grin. “And you guys are still here.”

As for her own thinking about the race, both she and Todd said there is plenty of time to make a decision. Palin said she would not be a candidate by the time she returns to the state over Labor Day weekend, when she is slated to address a tea party rally in Waukee.

“There is a still a lot of contemplation that needs to go into such an Earth shattering, life-changing decision,” Palin said.

She engaged with the media for more than an hour, all while signing autographs and posing for pictures with star struck fair-goers.

Palin had nothing but kind words for the candidates who could become her rivals for the GOP nomination.

She praised former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s combative performance in Thursday’s debate, said she would happily support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney if he becomes the nominee and dismissed any idea of a rivalry between herself and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

“Just because there may happen to be two women in the race, that they would, you know, as Michele had put it once, get in the mud and be cat-fighting,” she said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s kind of even a sexist notion to consider that two women would be kind of be duking it out. If I’m going to duke it out, I’m going to duke it out with a guy or a girl, whoever the opponent is.”

Palin also defended Romney after the GOP frontrunner told an Iowa crowd a day earlier that “corporations are people.” He was accusing President Barack Obama of creating a greater tax burden on businesses.

"The people pay the taxes. It’s not an entity, the corporation itself, that pays the taxes. It’s the people who pay the taxes. So Mitt Romney was right,” Palin said.

After her lengthy walk and talk with the press and supporters, she walked into a private, roped-off function to meet with local Republican activists and munch on corn dogs.

Palin's bus tour is expected to take her into Illinois and Missouri in the coming days.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    "It’s not an entity, the corporation itself, that pays the taxes."

    Really? Then why when I give the OK to my accountant to pay taxes for my S Corporation, she fills in the Employee ID number (EIN) for my S Corp and not my personal Social Security Number (SSN)?

    Because my CORPORATION pays the taxes on the money it earns, you dimwit!

    August 12, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    The Quitta is starting to get that drawn and saggy look that comes with age ...

    August 12, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The thing is, if she were to get the nomination, President Obama, being the decent gentleman he is (translation: HE would never smirk and nod if someone were to call for her to be killed at one of his rallies) would stick to the issues and DEBATE HER INTO THE GROUND without breaking a sweat.

    August 12, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. scott

    Don't flys swarm around dog poop? Same thing..........

    August 12, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Pat in IL

    I think she has absolutely no intention of running for president (thank goodness), but just enjoys spending other peoples' money (contributions) to go around the country getting attention like a celebrity. What an idiot. This is a person who has become a millionaire on the backs of others for no good reason and no contribution to society.

    August 12, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    "Andrew – She made perfect sense. Corporations are run by ONE person. That's the person that both her and Romney were referring. I'm not sure why that would confuse anyone."

    If that is indeed true (which it isn't), then let's take that to its logical conclusion and when a corporation is sued and found guilty of wrongdoing, let's start liquidating all the assets of the CEOs and throwing them in jail.

    What's that? People set up corporations to protect themselves from personal liability?

    But if the corporation is a person, and is run by one person, then why isn't that one person punished when a corporation is found guilty of breaking the law?

    August 12, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "What is wrong with the people in Iowa, they seem obsessed with these crazy Republican women. Very Strange."

    Too many long winters ...

    August 12, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The "IDIOT" train is in town...

    August 12, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. John

    They was all hope she walk In some cow do-do. because that all she Is full of Is Crap.

    August 12, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. AmFem

    Oooooh, really CNN? She was in a white tee shirt and her favorite designer jeans?!?! Well, that settles it then. It doesn't matter that she's a dipstick.... she dresses so cool! Let's vote for Sarah Palin!!!!

    August 12, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Nordic Jim

    If it's the people who pay the taxes, how come it's the corporations who own the politicians? Just asking.

    August 12, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    I'm a woman and I would NEVER vote for a woman simply because she's a woman. You see, I actually have a brain and what I look for in people of any gender is intelligence, commitment, integrity, honesty and, when it comes to politicians, a genuine, demonstrated desire to serve their constituents.

    Palin is dumb, a quitter, a liar, a hypocrite and only crashing events to feed her ego and her bank account.

    THAT'S why I don't like her. I couldn't care less what she looks like, except to acknowledge that she'd be NOWHERE if she weren't photogenic.

    August 12, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    "She looks like she lost a lot of weight. Is she sick?"

    I think she's been freaking out that her movie bombed and other candidates are getting more press than she has lately. God forbid she should have to go back to being a private citizen. I mean, what would she do? Be a mom to her special-needs son? Get a real job?

    Perish the thought!

    August 12, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. bacadog

    I sure hope the people who are posting here have a job working for the government or some company, because you certainly are not smart enough to be self-employed.....

    August 12, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Yeah Right

    Please Sarah, I beg of you run. If you decide to run, please be the VP candidate for whomever gets nominated. On a side note, hilarious how Iowa is such a hangout and key piece of the puzzle for presidential hopefuls since none of these people in Iowa make close to the income that the Republicans truly work for Heck, Republiicans would love nothing more than to wipe the farm subsidies out of existence yet these hicks in Iowa love them for it ol Irony at its best that most red states are the poorest in the country, and Republicans love nothing than to squash those making under 150k

    August 12, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Root and stem

    Thank you CNN for carrying the water for Obama every single day.

    August 12, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. AmFem

    tyrion- really funny!!!!

    August 12, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. EddyL

    Flies swarm too. The subjects are about equal.

    August 12, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Cowpie

    “There is a still a lot of contemplation that needs to go into such an Earth shattering, life-changing decision,” Palin said.

    "Earth Shattering" ... like that one. It's all about Sarah!

    August 12, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    Great Picture!!!! "Sarah, I'm scared of YOU!!!!

    August 12, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. thomas

    Palin will make a great secretary of state under Rick Perry .

    Look at how she is with people at the fair . She shows complete understanding of environment !

    August 12, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. John N Florida

    First, corporations are NOT people I don't care what Justice Roberts says.
    Second, Corporations do NOT pay taxes. Those taxes are included in their 'Cost of Doing Business' and passed along to the consumer. WE pay the taxes. The Corporation just collects them (little IRS).
    Third, if corporations have the rights of people then they should suffer the same punishments as people. I want to see that CEO's butt in jail just like mine would be if I broke the law.

    August 12, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. John N Florida

    Can you spell P-U-B-L-I-C-I-T-Y H-O-U-N-D!!

    August 12, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. BinFL

    When is the media going to give up on this narcissist? Seriously, we know all you all care about is the ratings, not actually educating and informing Americans of what our government is doing – good and bad. Our society started a steep decline with the invasion of Fox "news" but now it seems CNN & others are trying to outdo Fox. I will never forgive McCain for bringing this plague to our mainland. All I can say is the way the media feeds off this woman whose only job is traveling around our great country bashing our great president is nothing short of pathetic.

    August 12, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. John N Florida

    If you hold plainlame up against a picture of Barbara Bush at 47 and you see how Plain Lame really is.

    August 12, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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