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

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. Barking Alien

    Not sure why the moths are still attracted to this dim bulb. She still has no chance of being POTUS just like before. Do the GOP think by throwing as many candidates out in the arena one will be a winner? It is kind of like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if one will stick.

    August 31, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. pd123

    “We are always thrilled to have Sarah Palin join one of our rallies,”; “She is an electrifying figure in conservative politics and a hero to the tea party movement.” Shows the mentality of the people in this party. Evolution in reverse. By the way, really you guys need to get another name. It lacks any credibility, sounds like a preschool group.

    August 31, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. bassman

    It appears Gov. Palin is being a team player. Agreeing to step in after Romney cancelled on the event.

    August 31, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Nope

    How is Sarah Palin a hero? What has she done in her life that would make her a hero? NOTHING. she quits everything as soon as she grows tired of it and she is attracted to fame like a moth to a flame. She is useless.

    August 31, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. tim

    Is the quitter still selling Paul Revere cookware?

    August 31, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. frank

    If she should attend any gala in NH,please you press folk,keep your cameras glued on her.I`m dying to see what she can do with a corndog.

    August 31, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. Christa

    Palin – the Koch Brothers' plan B in 2012.

    August 31, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. foreverwar

    What a flake.

    August 31, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Irrma in North Carolina

    Here goes with Sarah, more hate speeches and lies. This wont be a very good labor day with her opening her mouth.

    August 31, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. MaryM5

    To: enough of lies: Sarah is that you? I know you've said that before. We all see what the Tea party and GOP are trying to do. Deflect, change the subject, dont answer the question and of course attack Pres Obama. Well it is not working!!!

    August 31, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. RLA

    You people must really be distressed about Palin– note the typical hate and out down speech that rises from the drones.

    August 31, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. mrrationalhbg

    Labor day rally? This woman HATES labor! Disgusting.

    August 31, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. shyam

    Let's say she becomes the president somehow. Can we assume she will not quit midway to go do her celebrity gig and make money? Obviously – she has to take all kind of jabs just like Obama is taking now and still stand. Does she or any of the republican presidential candidates be intelligent enough to withstand the pressures heaped on president? When we compete – say in olympic games – do we send duds or good proven athletes? By that definition – do the current presidential candidates qualify? Are they the best we can get?

    August 31, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Huh

    She's a reality TV program and no more significant than Jersey Shores. She gets ratings which equates to money. Then again, so does Paris Hilton. Similar to Paris, she'll also act shocked if someone tips her off that no one really takes her seriously. Quite honestly, I think there's more interest in what fodder she'll provide SNL once she does step into the ring.

    Despite the anticipation that she'll announce she's going to run, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if she doesn't. One thing she hates more than anything is looking stupid and being proven as a failure. She quit as governor to avoid the humilation from the investigations and not being able to solve the $1.6B budget deficit. She'll make some excuse not to run because her ego can't handle the reality of losing miserably to everyone else. She'll claim she's doing more by not running, and pat herself on the back al la Donald Trump, yet accomplish nothing. She's a loser. If she was electable, she would have been enough to get McCain elected and she was a primary reason he wasn't.

    August 31, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. FDA

    Palin represents the vocal minority from the extreme right in this country, they call themselves The Tea Party. They are not unlike the vocal minority Muslim group called Al Qaeda. Fox news is their Al Jazeera.

    August 31, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Chris NC

    It baffles me how those that want Obama out also want to see Palin run in 2012. Why not just hand him a second term on a silver platter? Conservatives are their own worse enemy. The more far right the candidate is the less likely they are to be nominated. They don't like Romney but he's their best chance of winning the white house. This love affair with Palin/Perry/Bochman will be their downfall if voters don't get serious about winning. I guess it's sort of like how everyone loved Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.

    August 31, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. A. Goodwin

    NH independents, like myself, want nothing to do with Sarah Palin. She is a sham, a waste of space, and frankly all that is wrong with America. For those who think she'll be great for the country – YOU are the problem. There is no way there would be any sort of comprimise or progress in our government if she was at the helm. She is a huge distraction to the GOP field, and I honestly feel sorry that she'll most likely waste all that money for nothing. Voting for Palin for president would single handedly serve up the re-election of President Obama. I am ok with that, but I know there are a number of Republicans, Independents and Blue Dog Democrats who feel differently.

    August 31, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. stonebuke@yahoo.com

    Palins handlers aint stupid. They know that her being on McCains ticket as VP was one of the underlying reasons why he lost credibility as knowing what he is doing and lultimately lost to Obama . If the majority of voters couldnt see Palin as a good VP then what would make Palins handlers think the voters could see her as a good Pres just 4 years later? The more Sarah Pay-off "speculates" the more the sheeple wait in apprehension to hear what shes has got to say.....or er, what she hasnt got to say depending how you look at it. Only in America folks, only in America.

    August 31, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. SNAPPA

    There is something mentally wrong with this woman. This woman has some serious mental issues and should seek help and medication.

    August 31, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Steve

    The Republican ticket will be Perry/Palin. Hopefully it will be trounced, but don't count on it.

    August 31, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. J

    Sarah Palin is basically campaigning without admitting she's running for President so she can keep raking in the bucks from Faux News.

    August 31, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. D

    Why is this NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. George Schultze

    Seriously, who cares?

    August 31, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. George Schultze

    Sorry, I should just speak for myself.

    August 31, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. Kwesoe

    Oh look, Sarah Palin made the news!

    August 31, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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