Palin to New Hampshire (again) in Labor Day schedule shuffle
August 30th, 2011
10:29 PM ET
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Palin to New Hampshire (again) in Labor Day schedule shuffle

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will celebrate Labor Day in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee will attend a Tea Party Express rally in Manchester on Monday, the same day former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was due to attend the event.

Romney cancelled his scheduled appearance Tuesday, opting instead to join the Tea Party Express national tour Sunday evening before Labor Day. The move made room in his schedule to attend a forum in South Carolina Monday at the invitation of Sen. Jim DeMint – -an invitation he initially declined.

But the tea party group isn’t losing sleep over his schedule shuffle.

“We are always thrilled to have Sarah Palin join one of our rallies,” Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremer said in a statement released late Tuesday.

“She is an electrifying figure in conservative politics and a hero to the tea party movement.”

Palin has remained mum on whether she’ll jump into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, but steered her national bus tour to New Hampshire in early June. She attended a clambake in the influential state on the same day Romney formally announced his presidential bid there.

At the time, she called their joint presence in New Hampshire “coincidental.”

And two days before she speaks in New Hampshire, Palin is scheduled to visit Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation caucus.

The tea party favorite has indicated the end of September is a “drop dead” timeline to make a final decision on whether she will seek the 2012 GOP nomination for president. But her appearances in both Iowa and New Hampshire are sure to stoke speculation about which way that decision will go.

CNN's Kevin Bohn, Peter Hamby, and Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Sarah Palin • Tea Party Express
soundoff (379 Responses)
  1. Bobby

    Will she run or wouldn't she run?? The Princess of Alaska has not yet decided! Or has she?????????????

    August 31, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. mdn

    CNN is soooo enamored with Sarah P. I'm surprised that they allowed her to be hired by FAUX news. They should look into hiring her if they love her so much. The rest of us thinking people are replacing the CNN website with the New York Times. The Sarah P story would die if CNN would allow it. It appears that even FAUX news is tiring of the 1/2 term mama grissly taking a perpetual shiiit on their already low credibility.

    August 31, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Jrdz

    Palin is a fool and should not be listed to at all. She is a flip flopper and an idiot to boot with no new ideas on fixing things. At best she would quit half way through her first term as president. As they say A Fool and There Money Is Soon Parted.

    August 31, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Steve

    I could care less about this woman. Her own party is going to tear her to pieces the second she announces.

    August 31, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Jeff

    Tea Party Express = Koch Bros. money + Karl Rove's brain. These are the same folks that Eric Cantor started sucking up to after the mid-term elections (when he started throwing monkey wrenches into any potential Congressional compromises) and that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker wants to get cozy with (re: the Wisconsin legislative meltdown earlier this year).

    Remember, folks, all "Tea Parties" are not the some. Some are bought and paid for by the same money that's always been out there, and may not have your interests at heart.

    August 31, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. penquin

    If the media would stop reporting on where she is, maybe she would just go away. She is a do nothing, say nothing of substance individual, looking to make a quick buck. Really – why would anyone care where she is?

    August 31, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only thing Palin is running is running away from debates and she's just ignorant enough to think Americans are stupid enough to put her in office, she's limited and she knows it. Palin will use her same old beat down of Obama and then pander for money.

    August 31, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. JOHN

    Oh my God people who want Sarah to run must be joking. Who in hi/her right mind would vote for this idiot (although the other Repub candidates are no less worse except for Paul and Hunstman who have common sen e). No wonder this country is upside down.

    August 31, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. FM

    Oh! poor us. Soon that scratching annoying voice will disturb our ears again. I better now start tracing where my earphone is.

    August 31, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. closetiguana

    Keep milking it Sarah. Those bills aren't going to pay themselves.

    August 31, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Party Pooper

    She must run. If she does not she will destroy the valuable consumer brand she has created. She will be viewed as a media using profiteer just one lowly peg above Lyndon Larouche if she does not enter the race. If she can create a consumer brand witha failed run for VP and an unfinished term as Gov, her brand can survive. If she does not run, she will be seen as nothign but hot air and no one will pay her any more mind as ap political figure...just another pretty media face talking talking talking.....

    August 31, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Jeff

    "...and a hero to the tea party movement.” What actions have made her a hero? Quitting her elected position, attacking anyone who says even the slightest thing critical over her, or attacking like the octomom and trying to squeeze every last penny out of her fleeting fame? She knows she has no substance and can't actually function in a government position, she tried. She's going to bilk tea partiers out of every penny she can before they realize she's just a talking head with her hand out with no intention of ever accomplishing anything.

    August 31, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. sheri

    Perry's vp pick? Or just another ghost-written book pre-sale tour? The standards in this country have sunk to new lows. Move along America...nothing to see here.

    August 31, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Michael McClain

    The half-term quitter won't run.

    She realizes there are much better candidates out there besides her for the Presidency.

    Let her run for Congress or the Senate in AZ...she'll at least be able to be elected there.

    August 31, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. WhatTheHeck

    I'm a lib and I LOVE this – RUN Sarah, RUN! Pleeeeeaasseeeee!

    August 31, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Tony 140

    It's fun to watch how Sarah just lights up the LEFT. Can it be that they might be a tad bit afraid of her. Imagine that, a strong Conservative woman not caving in to the constant bashing of the Left. She is tougher than they are and that just gnaws at them. They, as well as the establishment Republicans, can't figure out a way to deal with her and her power. It's driving them nuts. Sarah just doesn't fit into the sterotypical mold of a "Liberal" woman politician – outside of Hiliary – where are they.

    August 31, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. annie s

    I continue to be amazed that there are people who would like this woman to be President. As best as I can tell, she managed to make being pretty more important than an education (great role model for girls in the U.S.) and parlayed being pretty into the Governorship of the least populated state in the country – and then quit that because being pretty is worth so much more as a celebrity. Please, one of her supporters, please, please tell me what makes her qualified to lead this country.

    August 31, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. William

    closetiguana- you made me laugh me posterior off!

    August 31, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. emma

    And the Palin publicity dance goes on and on. How incredibly boring.

    August 31, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Youhavetobekidding

    Helen,

    You've been staring at the aurora borealis far too long.

    I suggest you close your eyes, take a deep breath or two and have another look at your favorite momma bear.

    Rancid bear fat stinks to high heaven as you likely know and I have to say, that bus tour thing just plain reeks.

    I hope she gets off that bus, goes back to Alaska and hibernates till the election is over.

    August 31, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Mary

    LOL, she doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell! She couldn't even finish 1 term as a Governor, let's be real folks.

    August 31, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. JOHN

    For Bill589

    REALLYYYY????

    gets the biggest crowds, and the most comments on news sites -
    -
    Because she quit fighting?Yes She quit as governor
    Because she is defeated? Yes in 2008 and as governor
    Because she is irrelevant? Ohhhh Yes She brings nothing to the table just a hot body and squeeky voice.-
    Because she motivates patriots and scares the cr*p out of socialists? No. Only the idiots. That’s the one.

    You are hilarious!!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. MeToo

    She won't run. She wants to hang around and be selected as VP by the real winner. She wants the celebrity without accountability. The VP position is perfect for her.

    August 31, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Newt Gingrich

    The only trip this woman is on is the fantasy trip in her head.

    August 31, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Tim

    Lets start with," I can see Russia from my back yard"! Next comment is on economy, the republican claim the Bush tax cuts creat jobs! Where are the jobs? Please explain without an excuse as to what Obama did, he extended them for the republicans. Where are the jobs! Next is health care: Ever notice that there are more people working for the doctor than there are in the waiting room? And all those people have more rights than union people, they all have 1 specefic job, one to answer the phone only, 1 to assist the doctor, 1 to assist her, 1 to write perscriptions, 1 to call the insurance company, 1 to file insurance papers. Its not the insurance companies, its the DOCTORS!!!

    August 31, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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