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. James

    Quiter Quiter Quiter Quiter

    She may have "the base" but she doesn't have the swing people!!! Stay in your Crack Capital Town of Alasaka for good, please!

    July 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Sherrol in Canada

    Can't wait to see clips of her speech:)

    July 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!


    I'm going to answer your question. The reason there is so much hate for Palin is because she is an embarrassment to the United States. She talks like a moron, constantly contradicts herself and loves to play the victim. Hell even most women are embarrassed of her, and yet the sheeple will say they are jealous. Jealous of what?

    Americans hate quitters. Americans hate whiney victims. The only threat us "libs" have of her is that the international community may think that most Americans are like her.

    Oh and by the way, the position of POTUS should never be held by a "normal" person. Does anyone on this site own a business and would hire a normal person as opposed to someone with intelligence just because the person is donw to earth?

    Picture this scenario: Palin becomes president and two years into her term a war breaks out. She can't handle the pressure so she resigns because "this war is taking time away from her family".

    But hey, you wanted a "normal" person running our country. And "normal" people can't handle all that pressure.

    July 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. sms29s

    I predict that she will be out of the limelight by this time next year.

    July 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. jm


    You must be referring to Obama.

    July 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. the big one

    OMG This is so COOL Palin Coming to IOWA!!! and as a KEY NOTE SPEAKER?!!! she will ROCK THE HOUSE WITH HER WISDOM and Insight,, you becha 😉 !!

    July 9, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Brian

    To Connie, if she is a normal woman why would any guy ever want to get married? I can't imagine waking up to hear that whiney, high pitched squeak of her hers everyday. I am a single guy and so very glad for it.

    July 9, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Moderate Democrat

    It won't be a long speech. She'll begin to address the crowd, but QUIT half way through. That is if she doesn't make the plane turn around and quit half way through the flight.

    July 9, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Sandra Day

    Washington Republican approach: Priviate speaking engagement, Sarah = big yes. Build her up and say you love her and her family. Public speaking engagement = no way. No way we want her showing up at a fundraiser, next thing you know, everyone is shouting Sarah Sarah, she smiles, next thing you know, someone is shouting kill the ____, she smiles, next thing you know, a fight breaks out, cameras are filming, etc. Meanwhile, behind the scenes in "commentary" writing, hint she is over for the Republican ticket. Promote TPaw.

    July 9, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Karyn

    Why do some say that the liberals are afraid of or are threatened by Sarah Palin? I say let her come down. She's always good for a few laughs.

    July 9, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Proud Member..Party of No

    Too bad Palin is not sitting in the white house instead of the pathetic loser that we are stuck with.

    July 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. not a Jackson or a Palin fan

    Sarah Palin = all yak and no shack...

    July 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. jm


    You must be an operative. No one who actually works has that much time of their hands to spew the hate you do.

    July 9, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. New Age Democrat

    I for one don't hate or even dislike Palin. It's finally brought to attention the far left hate that is killing the Democrat party. She's a bright woman who is extremely accomplished. I'm amazed at how uninformed so many Democrats are about her accomplishments, yet they site proven lies about her as facts.

    The ultra-liberals, who spread the lies about her should be held accountable for their vile tactics. They are not a part of my party and are the most hateful group of people I've ever witnessed next to the Nazi party.

    July 9, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. ib

    I have never seen a person attacked like the liberals have attacked Palin and her family. They should hang their heads in shame the way they have acted toward her. Why are they so afraid of Palin?? The ones that attacked her family are scumbags period....

    July 9, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Sick -n- Tired

    OH......PUH...LLLEEEAASSEE Make it stop!

    July 9, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    This is just the beginning of Sister Teresa Palin's "higher calling."

    July 9, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Mike in LR

    To J:

    Somehow we now have someone in the Whitehouse who is unqualified for public office. And I bet you voted for him. Does that mean you are uneducated?

    Seriously, I can't think of a thing that he has, to make him qualified, that she doesn't have. In fact she has one thing he doesn't. Traditional

    July 9, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Jim, Burlington NC

    Sarah Palin besides being a loser is also a quitter.

    That said I find it highly entertaining that Republicans think that by repeating over and over again that Democrats are afraid of Palin, will actually make that come true (here's a clue it didn't work for Bush).

    The good news is the more this quitter talks, the more people are driven away from the Republican party – cementing the fact that the RNC is now a regional, marginalized party with no power and no prospects...

    July 9, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Missing Name

    Palin needs to realize that her 15 minutes of fame are up, and she needs to go away. She's an attention hound that will do anything to stay in the spotlight. If she goes up against Obama, Obama will win by a landslide. For all you Obama haters out there, he is doing great. Get over it. Palin thinks everyone is out to get her, and that they are "waging a campaign of hate" against her. This is nothing compared to Bush.

    Meghan McCain, Joe the Plumber, and the other election 08 names have gona away. It's time for her to follow them.

    July 9, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. S M R

    This whole GOP party: Leaders and followers are one big joke. The world must really think that 48% of Americans are out of their minds to glorify Palin with her I.Q. of 49.

    July 9, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Frank, Las Vegas

    Palin could probably win in Iowa, but no way when the primaries move east. So her going to Iowa will prove nothing, although, I would really like to see her in the debates with other republicans who know what they are talking about. Everyone will not be behind her like they were when she was a VP candidate. Know she'll be debating with people who are after the same job. It should be quite something to watch, and laugh about.

    July 9, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. ANGIE

    get ready here she comes with that whinning, 2nd grade volcabulary. i can't stand that pitbull in lipstick. she is a quitter. she can't control her kids and she can't run her home state, she is ignorant of on geography and politics, what makes her think she can run the county. she will have us on the bridge to NOWHERE.

    July 9, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. howie

    Way to go Sarah. I know you will make the people of Iowa proud. You have the democrats on the run, can't you tell by reading their crazy remarks here.

    July 9, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Casy

    There is so much Sarah haterade which means one thing---she is doing something right!!

    Sarah keep smilin while the haters keep hatin!

    July 9, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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