December 2nd, 2010
03:19 PM ET
11 years ago

An Unscripted Moment on Palin's book tour

Spirit Lake, Iowa (CNN) - It was an unscripted moment on Sarah Palin's tour to promote her new book, "America by Heart." As hundreds of Palin's fans filed inside a cordoned off area of a northern Iowa Walmart today, this CNN crew popped the question asked of countless potential White House contenders: "Are you any closer to an announcement on running for President?"

The country music that Palin's handlers had blaring at the signing station presumably to drown out such questions suddenly stopped. We asked the question again.

"Am I doing interviews?" the former Alaska governor asked. "I thought I got to talk to the nice people. And where's our music and where's our good enthusiasm?" she persisted.

We repeated the question. "Not any closer. No," she responded.

With the music still off, we squeezed in another question about former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's comments on Wednesday night's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." On the program, Romney seemed to take a jab at Palin's decision to step down as Alaska's governor. "It's hard to imagine a circumstance where I would quit," Romney said.

As of today's book signing, Palin indicated she hadn't heard Romney's remarks. "What did Governor Romney say on the 'Tonight Show'?" she asked us.

Upon hearing his comment, her response was brief. "Oh, he probably had some different conditions," she said. It was an apparent reference to the controversies that swirled around her final days as Governor including ethics complaints and a legal dispute over a state trooper who was once married to her sister. Palin's actions were cleared by a state board investigating the matter. In her resignation speech last year, Palin suggested that costly legal battles had forced her to step down.

There was no opportunity to follow up on Palin's comments at the book signing. This CNN crew was informed our allotted time to cover the event was up. The event itself was tightly controlled. Customers were told no cell phones or cameras. Representatives of the media were escorted in to Palin's book signing station, three at a time. As for that music, Palin asked us if we had turned it off. "Because that wouldn't be cool if you did. These Iowa people, they got my back. And I got their back," Palin said after one of her handlers put her hand in front of our camera.

For the record, we didn't turn the music off. But it did help."

The turnout at this stop on Palin's book tour was a sign of her continued political strength. As Spirit Lake's Mayor Blain Andera noted, more than 500 people stood in line for Palin's autograph in a town of roughly 5000 people. Andera said he was leaning toward supporting a Palin presidential bid.

Palin urged many of the people in line to also watch her reality TV show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on cable's TLC. "I think that she's very funny. I watch her show every Sunday," said Palin fan Emma Dau.

Another Palin fan, Shannon Dunham started camping outside of the Walmart at 3am for an autograph. "She's just a generational, iconic figure and a great example for our girls," Dunham said.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. molinewolf

    Shannon Dubnham should have family services visit. Does she think no schoool, drug and alclohol abuse,sexual exploitaion, and sex at 14 is good for her children? Does she want her daughter to start drinking heavily at 13-14, trash a house to the tune of 30k ,buy drugs, and start having sex?
    This is what sarah really represents. She "got"their back. What an idiot. Her children should be in school instead of in bed with 18 year old boys or being a shield for their mother.

    December 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Pathetic. Just pathetic. She's such a joke. I do hope she runs and wins the nomination though

    December 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Rani McBride

    Sarah Palin is no example for my Daughter. She is a disgrace to America!

    December 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Brother Ringling

    When will Sarah learn that many people enjoy clowns at the circus but no one takes one home to live with. Her candidacy will galvanize liberals and leave conservatives wondering where the "2010 mandate from the people" went. Dems squandered their chance, GOP appears willing to ignore the mistakes. Take your book money to Alaska and give GOP a chance.

    December 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. JOhn

    Anyone that thinks Palin is "a good example for their girls" is unfit to raise children.

    December 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Yolanda

    Uncle...enough of Palin.

    December 2, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Expat American

    So 10% of the population of a town actually believe that Palin has something intelligent to offer to the political discourse of the country. How does this translate into ‘Political Strength’? How is Palin a good example for Girls? Indira Ghandi is a good example for Girls. How many of Palin’s bigots know who Indira Ghandi is?

    December 2, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    As long as Sarah remains loyal to the communist principles preaching of G-Lenin Beck, she will be rolling in dough. In the end, the Koch brothers will write her a check for $5 million not to run, so their hand picked candidate, Mr. Mittens, will get the nomination.

    December 2, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Bee

    What is wrong with these people..I can't imagine anyone assuming that this illiterate opportunist, would serve our country well.
    Do you think if she were an ugly duckling, that she would get the attention that she is getting. Think not..She has as much intelligence as a roach.. I would never want a daughter of mine to emulate anything about this racist women.

    December 2, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. andrewstl

    that means 10 percent of that hick town is clinically retarted

    December 2, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Sgt. Joe

    Palin fans represent the most ignorant among us; guess someone needs to, poor things.

    December 2, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. god

    Palin... what a mistake that one was. I'll do better next time. Sorry, God.

    December 2, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Tom

    A great example for your girls? Really? A woman who attends five colleges and finally gets her degree, quits her job as Governor, and then can't even tell people what books or magazines she reads. Yeah, great example.

    December 2, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. jaded in america

    Another Palin fan, Shannon Dunham started camping outside of the Walmart at 3am for an autograph. "She's just a generational, iconic figure and a great example for our girls," Dunham said.

    Right, apparently the only qualification one needs to be considered an icon for women's rights and the progressive direction of feminism in general is to have a vajayjay.

    What the hell.

    December 2, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Bing

    Why do they address her as "Governor?" She quit!

    December 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Mary

    I think the dictionary should be rewritten to define the definition of Spiteful, Catty Woman.... it should read :Sarah Palin"

    December 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Realistic

    No Palin is no example for my daughters. I don't want my daughter to be quitters, uneducated(ok so it took her 6 years to..we know the rest or was it 4 yrs for 2 yr).. No she is no example to look up to. I would choose someone like, my wife, my mom and my mom in law, (hard working,dedicatred to and etc those are the examples i want my daughters to follow..People who would not throw any of them under the bus for political gains and who are not vindictive, spitefu .No Palin is an idiot no matter how much money she has and she scammed her dumb followers to support her elite life style.

    December 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. GL

    Sara Palin is scare of Morning Joe.

    December 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. An Ohio Mom

    Comment for Shannon Dunham: Sigh.......please put down your glass of cool-aid and begin to think for yourself. If you think Palin is a great example for girls, then God help us. What Palin has taught the younger generation is to be a quitter and to be uninformed on domestic and foreign policy, even local policy!

    December 2, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. ekv

    Please God do not let this woman run our country.

    December 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Rick James B----

    People are idiots.

    December 2, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Ed Bernstein

    It's ON!

    December 2, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. It's Hilarious

    Emma Dau, as quoted in your write-up, hit the nail on its very head by saying that Palin is very funny. She is, considering her thinking she can run for the nation's highest office and actually win! Boy, that is not just funny it's hilarious!!

    December 2, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Lisa Mitchell

    What kind of idiot would get out of bed and go to Walmart @3am for this? Tells me EVERYTHING I need to know about who supports this bobblehead and her family! Good luck Sarah, I hope you do run in 2012. Obama needs an additional 4 years to clean house!

    December 2, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. concerned reader

    CNN, why do you continously run these pointless Palin stories? Shouldn't you be leaving that up to Faux News? She turned her back on her own state as Governor, what makes anybody think that she do a good job as President?

    December 2, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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