April 7th, 2010
09:48 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP stars set for Wednesday rally

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/07/art.palin.0914.gi.jpg caption="Sarah Palin is scheduled to appear Wednesday at a rally in Minnesota."]Washington (CNN) - Minnesota residents have a chance Wednesday to get a look at one of the biggest names of the 2008 presidential campaign – and maybe take a glimpse into the future.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to appear in Minneapolis Wednesday with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at a GOP rally and fundraiser for Rep. Michele Bachmann to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that 10,000 free tickets for the 3 p.m. ET rally have already been distributed. Tickets to an afternoon fundraiser run $500, while tickets for a private reception and photo opportunity will set couples back to the tune of $10,000.

But Republicans aren't the only ones looking to capitalize on the rally. The Minnesota AFL-CIO will hold a noon rally Wednesday at the state capitol. Tarryl Clark, a Democrat hoping to unseat Bachmann in November, urged followers to donate to her campaign on her Web site, writing that, "Michele Bachmann is using her best buddy Sarah Palin to try and scoop up the big bucks ... but to beat her – we need you to join us today."

The other "Honorary Hosts" scheduled to appear at the rally are also Minnesota Republicans: former Sen. Norm Coleman, Rep. John Kline and Rep. Erik Paulsen.

Filed under: 2010 • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Joseph NYC

    Palin....what a joke. Is GOP that desperate? i want to puke! Laughable and embarassing

    April 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Jay

    Let me get this straight, Palin, Pawlenty and Bachmann are the stars of the GOP? Really? Humm... put all together their total combined IQs measure up to that of a single house fern, their ideas are as impressive as a glass of tap water, and their delusions of grandure and self-importance are as deep as the Marianas Trench. Besides the comedy effect these three inspire, I don't see anything worth noting, although I would like to see Rudy in one of the dresses the women will be wearing to the events. CNN, please take video!

    April 7, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    It is great to see the strong and increasing support for Sarah Palin. Her message is clear and Americans are starting to understand it. Politicians should be working for the people and the good of the country, not their own agenda and place in the history books. The federal government needs to be managed and responsible to the American taxpayer.

    April 7, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Steve

    "– and maybe take a glimpse into the future"

    Is the author nuts? This woman couldn't get elected to dog catcher. She is the face of truly moronic reality tv show hosts for her future working life. I know there are a few misguided folks there too stupid to recognize stupid, but come on...even they have to recognize an impossibility.

    April 7, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. linda

    Stars? Come on CNN – how can you possibly apply "stars" to these
    total idiots who promote violence, spread lies and show no respect
    for the Office of the President of the United States.

    Perhaps you need to get some new people in your news rooms who
    are fair and balanced in their reporting, instead of promoting the
    wingnut freaks.

    April 7, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. C from middle GA

    Yup – the Republican party – just regular, everyday folks who are happy to pay $10K to get a photo opp ...

    April 7, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Wisconsonite - Repeal & Replace the Republican Party!

    Palin and Bachmann . . . . dumb and dumber.

    April 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow,its like the three stooges reunion.

    April 7, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Dave

    Good, now we know not to go near that area without plenty of air freshener to cancel out the stench.

    April 7, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. A disgusted former Republican

    I'm amazed at how many people will pay $10,000 to hear this air-headed quitter!

    April 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hmmm. Minneapolis-St.Paul (Twin Cities) has a population of over 2.5 million. 10, 000 equals a percentage of .004.

    Yep. Just enough of the populace to fill Mac Hammond's wealth and prosperity mega church conveniently located within Bachmanns' 6th district.

    Trying to make this non-story into something big isn't going to work, CNN. The 4 local news media channels barely rated Palin's visit a 2 second on air time blurb.

    April 7, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. david, CA

    I'm all for the GOP hitching its wagon to a loser/quitter like Sarah Palin.

    "Ladies and Gentlemen! Please welcome the lady who lost the last presidential election for the GOP and then walked away from her responsibilities as Governor of Alaska so she could go on a lucrative lying tour – Sarah Palin!!!

    April 7, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. rdepontb

    Sarah...can you spare a dime?

    This really seems to be rubbing the noses of the oceans full of unemployed, doesn't it? $10,000 for a photo op? Really? And this is what the Tea Party sees as politics these days? Really??

    April 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. rosslaw

    Its good that what passes for the right-wing's intellectual lights charge their salivating fans up to $10,000 to obtain access to them. It gets their salivating fans accustomed to paying big bucks to obtain access to what passes for the righty-wing's stars.

    April 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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