July 9th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Iowa GOP to Palin: Come to Des Moines

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/04/art.palincampaigning0704.gi.jpg caption="The Iowa Republican Party wants Sarah Palin to visit its state."](CNN) - Who wouldn't want a big name to headline a major fundraiser? And the Iowa Republican Party is going after one of the biggest draws right now, Sarah Palin.

As first reported in the Des Moines Register and confirmed by CNN, the state GOP is courting the Alaska governor to be the keynote speaker at their annual Ronald Reagan dinner this autumn. The event is the party's largest fundraiser of the year, and has become a popular stop for White House hopefuls.

Aides to Palin have not immediately responded to inquires from CNN regarding whether the outgoing governor will attend the dinner.

Palin shocked many across the country last week when she announced that she would not only not run for re-election next year, but that she would resign as governor later this month.

The stunning announcement sparked debate on whether Palin's decision would be a benefit or a detriment if she decided to make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Iowa is a crucial state in the race to the White House. The state's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.

Filed under: Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. MCD, SF, CA

    People do not hate Sarah Palin.... what they dislike is a completely unqualified person which such a big ego they don't realize they aren't qualified (i.e., Bush). She has shown over and over that she is just not qualified to run the country... she has shown that she doesn't even know HOW the government is run... and frankly, she has not shown any interest in LEARNING how the government is run. Just the other day she referred to "the whitehouse... law department" - WHAT!?! Yes, she is a decent speaker while Obama is a great speaker.... but let's remember... President Obama has a first class education, is a lawyer, a Constitutional lawyer at that. You really can't even compare the two.

    July 9, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Carole

    What about the New Jersey race? Let's see if they want to be associated with a QUITTER.

    July 9, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Pat, CA

    Keep speaking out, Sarah! We need you to tell it like it is - about the big, fat Obama/Axelrod scam that has overtaken our country.

    July 9, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Carole

    Dictionary definition of RESIGN: To Quit, To leave, To give up.

    July 9, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. fella from Chicago

    I'm a Conservative who wouldn't vote for Ms. Palin because of her lack of big time political experience in a large urban arena, but I admire this woman who has shown the moxy and courage to take on the hate mongers of the liberal left, including that clown Letterman. No matter what she ends up doing I wish her well.

    July 9, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Crazy Harry

    I think it is vitally important to keep Sarah in the limelight until the SNL season resumes in the fall.

    I'm really in need of some good comedy.

    July 9, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. BJK

    @James..... if the liberals had their way, every aspect of your life would controlled by them? Seems to me, that is much more a 'social conservative' agenda, than a liberal one. Who wants to control a womans body; who wants to dictate what books are available in libraries; who 'defines' marriage between a man and a woman? Last I heard, those are conservative platform issues.

    July 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. MSU Dem

    I suggest that all of you take a course in grammar and punctuation before posting any more comments. The improper use of apostrophes alone is enough to drive a person crazy.

    Also, your (not youre or you're) web browser should have a spell check function.

    July 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Polar Bears Against Palin

    New Age Democrat? You are typical. Wishy-washy.

    July 9, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Joe

    I see more basic differences here then conservative or liberal.
    Curiosity: Who do you think is the better person Sarah Palin or Howard Stern?

    July 9, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Barb

    Palin is like so many parents. They know how to have children but don't know how to raise them. She should spend more time raising those children she brought into this world that she thinks are so-o-o special. Parental supervision is lacking in so many homes and her's is no exception.

    July 9, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Res ipsa loquitur

    She needs to visit Iowa...Saturday Night Live is going down in the ratings again...

    July 9, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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