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. ART

    Pleeeeaase run Sarah, run back to Alaska and take you not so slender daughter with you,you are nothing more than a festering boil on the butt of humanity, and remember you'll always be undefeated in your own mind.

    August 31, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. JT

    Jump on in Sarah! The GOP could use another turd in the bucket, and the rest of us could use a good laugh.

    August 31, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Zippy

    I can only guess that she is addicted to this bubble of attention that exists around her. At this point, any attempt at portraying herself as a folksy every-person would be an oscar worthy act.

    August 31, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Todd

    Palin isn't going to run. She is nothing more than a media whore who recognizes that the moment she runs she loses her gravy train. BTW, why would the tea party celebrate labor when all they want to do is crush labor? Is the Tea Party Labor Day event going to include activities like, "shut down this union" or "pay your employees third-world wages" or "strip your employees of their collective rights"? Yup, that's what the tea party has to offer on labor day. No thanks. Go back to teabagging yourselves.

    August 31, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Night fatty

    I hope she runs this will be a big win for Obama...I don't like her rogue ideas, and her several requests for government money before she quit as governor of Alaska to build useless bridges that would probably only see a couple of cars on it each day. I also think she is fake and is catering to the uneducated because she is uneducated herself... She also doesn't get paid to write books, someone else writes them for her.

    August 31, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Neil T.

    Run Sarah Run .... please.... Rethuglicans fall into two categories: (1) the rich and greedy and (2) the ignorant and easily manipulated who are too foolish to understand that they are being manipulated into voting against ther own interests. If the latter group are actually ignorant enough to give Palin the nomination, they will guarantee another four years of Obama. I can't wait.

    August 31, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. GBfromOhio

    The Consevative Pundit gig is a multi-billion dollar industry, and she's certainly getting her share of that pie.

    August 31, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Carlos

    @ Maude

    "God bless Sara. This women is our only hope". What kind of white 'Kool-Aid" have you been drinking.???

    August 31, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    LOL the Palin supporters are just as entertaining as the Palin-haters on here. I see why CNN now loves making these Palin threads.

    August 31, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. palebluedot

    Sarah.....you have had your 15 minutes....get off the pot and let those that really care and can do something into the light.We have had enough of your crap.We dont need a DIVA.......go.you will never hold public office again,be gone

    August 31, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. trashcup

    Tea Party represents less than 10% of American voters. Appealing to them because they are vocal doesn't mean they are going to win anything. The republicans are trying to please them because they don't have the guts to stand up and do what's right for America.

    Tea Party folks want a balanced budget no matter what. Hurricane Irene hit 10+ states along the east coast and all of their governors including right wing republicans have asked FEMA to come to their aid with money to restore roads, bridges, clean up, whatever. So if Tea Party people were TRUE to their beliefs, the FEMA folks shouldn't spend a DIME on any recovery and rebuilds due to Irene OR at the very least make each state pay back any other federal funds they have received matching what they get from FEMA. It's the only fair thing to do according to Tea Party principals.

    August 31, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. PittUSMC

    Sarah Palin doesn't stand a chance. I hope she joins and steals so retard votes from Perry so that the ONLY honest politician running has a better chance. RON PAUL 2012!!! Ron Paul is getting my vote even if I have to write him in. The rest are just hot air establishment puppets.

    August 31, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Damian

    Why does th press still keep following this idiot? She's a big nobody!

    August 31, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Ladeebugg

    Please Run Sarah Run! It will make re-election for President Obama so much easier!

    August 31, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Homie Hogleg

    Please Sarah Run,
    America needs you now more than ever. Please run, so the Democrats get 4 more years in the White House, to repair what your party did to the country.

    August 31, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Auntee Sarah

    Aw...aren't you happy CNN? Sarah found a way to get you to pay attention to her. Just in time.

    August 31, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Rabeenhood88

    This should be in the Entertainment section. If you read news at CNN.com daily, you are forced to see and hear about her everyday... There is an article about a Palin almost everyday – even during disasters and tragedies, we get Palin news. I know, if you don't cover [the Palins] your damned if you do, damned if you don't. Oh, and Ron Paul has as much chance of being elected president as Sean Paul.

    August 31, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Rabeenhood88

    "you're' typo.

    August 31, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. coder

    this redneck is still around?
    i thought she was living at the KOA

    August 31, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. WasillaWitch

    What a flake!

    August 31, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Josh

    Ugh how sad that CNN actually believes this woman is a viable contender for the Presidency. Isn't it obvious she's totally unqualified and will never be President?

    August 31, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Sarah Palin making an intelligent political statement = Peggy Hill speaking Spanish
    And they even resemble each other. Sad thing is; Peggy Hill is a cartoon character. Sarah Palin is a real person.

    August 31, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Nancy in WA

    She's a racist, plain and simple. For that reason alone she's despicable. But there are plenty more – and even more – reasons for why she should not be given attention for having anything to do with American politics. She's nothing but a wart that McCain picked at and now it won't go away no matter what anyone does to her. Her game-playing and need for attention, one-upmanship, and hateful rhetoric have got to be ignored. I still blame her quite a bit for the hate that played out in Arizona, snuffing out lives and forever changing the life of congresswoman Giffords. That she even merits mention shows that our political system has gone to h3LL in a handbasket.

    August 31, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    She will skip the debates, the primaries... heck, she will even skip the election. She's just going to wake up one day and declare herself the Prez-dent. And the Party of 18% will keep giving her every cent they have. PT Barnum was absolutely right about suckers being born every minute and he we have conclusive proof.

    August 31, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    She ran Alaska better than Perry or Romney, check the "facts" in nearly "all metrics" and that is true: Lower taxes, lower regulations, veto's of wasteful spending.
    -----–

    Per Wikipedia:

    "In 08 Alaska was still the largest per-capita recipient of federal earmarks, requesting nearly $750 million in special federal spending over a period of two years."

    "As governor, Palin canceled the Gravina Island Bridge in September 2007, saying that Congress had "little interest in spending any more money" ... Alaska chose not to return the $442 million in federal transportation funds"

    August 31, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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