'Risky' for Palin to wait on 2012 bid, Iowa GOP chair says
March 3rd, 2011
01:09 PM ET
11 years ago

'Risky' for Palin to wait on 2012 bid, Iowa GOP chair says

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's advisers have long suggested that the former Alaska governor can afford to wait longer than other potential presidential candidates to enter the 2012 Republican primary race - possibly as late as the fall - thanks to her star power and built-in following among some grassroots conservatives.

But the head of the Iowa Republican Party told reporters Thursday that such a game plan could prove "risky" in his state, which traditionally hosts the first contest of presidential nomination fight.

"History would suggest that's a very risky strategy related to the Iowa caucuses," Iowa GOP chairman Matthew Strawn said during a sit-down with reporters at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. "The one thing that Iowans don't want to be is taken for granted."

While other potential GOP contenders have started dialing state lawmakers, reaching out key activists and making staff hires in the Hawkeye State, Palin has been largely silent in the state since headlining the state GOP's annual Reagan Dinner last September.

"There is an expectation that you're going to get the opportunity to ask these candidates the tough questions, face-to-face, whether it's in a town hall or a coffee shop or at our farm co-ops," Strawn said. "I don't see that changing this cycle. If you want the votes of the Iowa caucus goers, you need to be in Iowa asking for then and giving Iowans the opportunity to ask you the tough questions."

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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. LA, LA, LA

    Her "handlers" should not take anything for granted (Star Quality). Have they not been reading the polls?

    March 3, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. anagram_kid

    Her primary reason for holding off is because she knows full well that the R/T-Party will never let her get the nomination. However, the longer she teases the more coin she can extract from those still foolish enough to prop her up under the guise that stupidity is a virtue.

    March 3, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. liberal christian

    '...giving Iowans the opportunity to ask you the tough questions."
    That's the reason Granny Palin isn't there!

    March 3, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. rr

    key part of the statement "giving Iowans the opportunity to ask you the tough questions" – she'd never put herself through that.

    March 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Mike in Memphis

    I hope Caribou Barbie runs. She will be defeated soundly and maybe that will finally knock the wind out of the biggest windbag in the US.

    March 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Nagababa

    Lol... She's not gonna run. She's just here to rake in the dough as long as it can be milked and ease up when her game is over. If her followers are hoping anything out of her, they'll simply prove to be epitome of stupidity for all the time, money, and attention they are spending on this pretty old woman lmao.

    March 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Ben Ben

    Dont care when she declares. She wont win the nomination and if by some cahnce she does she wont beat Obama. I'm voting for him no matter who the repubs run against him.

    March 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Eric

    When are we going to move to a national primary and not let a small percentage of Americans decide who the final candidates will be? The current system isn't really democracy.

    March 3, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. rusty155

    Saran Palin doesn't have a chance In hell of winning to be President. The only why she Is going to see the White house Is on a tour. Saran Palin Is the most UNQUALIFIED PERSON to run for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind. She Quit being GOV. because the people of Alaska were trying to force she out.

    March 3, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Closetiguana

    She's going to milk this as long as possible because once 2012 is over she will be too.

    March 3, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Palin is not in it to win it, she is in it for the long haul and irritation...

    March 3, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Cat

    Only a moron would even consider this idiot for President. The only title she deserves is STUPID.

    March 3, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I'm a Democrat/Progressive/Liberal/Communist/Socialist...

    Of course I want Sarah to run for the Republican Nomination.

    I'm also a Capitalist and CERTAIN that she and all the rest of the Tin Foil Hat Brigade will spend BILLIONS keeping the advertising community alive.

    But President Obama will win a second term.

    March 3, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Palin – and all the other GOP presidential "hopefuls" say they have plans and strategies to help grow our economy.

    If they really loved America and the American people like they say they do, they should present those plans and strategies NOW, so they can be debated and incorporated into current policy, as appropriate.

    Why wait until after you're elected President? Why the tease? Who's interest are you really serving here by saying you know what needs to be done but don't share it, when our country is facing tough economics challenges and Americans are hurting?


    America deserves more than a bunch of smoke-and-mirror yahoos who are long on talk and short on any concrete, sound solutions.

    Either put up or shut up!

    March 3, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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