Iowa-bound Palin: Republican presidential field will change
May 30th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Iowa-bound Palin: Republican presidential field will change

(CNN) - Sarah Palin told CNN on Monday that she plans to take her "One Nation" bus tour to Iowa, the state that votes first in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm sure at some point I will be going to Iowa," Palin said during a visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore. "At some point."

The comments come on the heels of a RealClearPolitics story that said Palin is planning a visit to Iowa in June, the same month a documentary about her rise to power is set to debut in the Hawkeye State.

The trip would be Palin's first visit to Iowa since December, when she stopped there during a book tour. She also addressed a fund-raising dinner for the Iowa Republican Party last September.

Palin and her family were mobbed by television cameras after her arrival at Fort McHenry, the fort that famously defended Baltimore from a British assault during the War of 1812. The battle served as the inspiration for the national anthem, Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner."

Asked about her 2012 thinking, Palin said her family's concerns come first. But she also said the unsettled nature of the Republican presidential field has left the door open for other candidates, herself included, to join the nomination fight.

"It's going to be a changed-up field between now and when deadlines finally arrive for declaring," Palin told CNN.

While she said she is "satisfied" with the Republicans who are already in the process of campaigning, she predicted that the field "is going to change up a lot."

"I believe that there are many more out there who have much more to add," she said. "Competition breeds success. I hope there is going to be vigorous debate and a lot of good aggressive competition even in the primary so our voters have a good choice."

Unprompted, Palin brought up Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who said last week that he plans to consider a presidential bid.

"I think he would be a fine candidate," she said. "We have a lot in common. I really like him. But there are so many candidates and potential candidates out there who have so much to offer."

- On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Njinpa

    "rise to power"? Gmme a break.

    May 30, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Kenny

    I hope she checks a map to see where Iowa is located. A CNN article a few days ago claimed: "She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of star power required to skip early nominating hurdles like the network debates or the closely watched Ames Straw Poll and still be competitive". Well she can keep on skipping. If anyone thinks Republicans are facing massive problems now with the nation turning on them over Medicare and Social Security, just wait till this woman gets out there with her lack of knowledge and starts to spill her vile language on the masses. With Palin running we are subject to end up with 430 Democratic members in the House of Representatives, 98 Democratic Senators in the Senate and a many as 45 Democratic State Governors.

    A Democrats dream come true. RUN SARAH, RUN. I can see the bumper stickers now for the 2012 campaign.

    PALIN / TRUMP 2012

    May 30, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Goodie, the two secessionists together at last? Both disliked in their states. At least perry hasn't quit so he has more co jones than what's her face.

    May 30, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Liberal in Wyoming

    Does anyone really care what this bimbo does or says? She is just so irrelevant.

    May 30, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Billish

    Stop reporting on this idiotic, ignorant celebrity. Please. Just. Stop.

    May 30, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    WOW Sarah actually talked to somebody besides FoxNews? Maybe she is going to make a run at it. I hope she does. And I would be even more impressed with Sarah if she visited other parts of our great nation like Harlem, Watts, South Central LA, Detroit, East St. Louis, you know where OTHER "real Americans" live. If she would do something like that I just might even listen to what she has to offer.

    May 30, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |

    Wingnuts will savage Snookie Palin in the primaries. She knows it so she is dithering.

    May 30, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |

    Palin looks ridiculous,.. trying to look tough with her leather jacket and riding on the back of a motorcycle,.. she should stick to her tricycle,.. and what's with the helmet?.. there's no danger of damaging anything upstairs.

    May 30, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. BobAD

    As a Vet I totally resent her using Vets just to sell more books. She walked out on the people that elected her she would run and hide under real fire. POS

    May 30, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. David

    I hope she runs, gets the Republican nomination, and then gets crushed by the Obama machine like the little bug that she is. Yup, that's it for darn tootin' by golly.

    May 30, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. CBR

    Ms Palin seems to have forgotten what Memorial Day is all about. It certainly is not a time for politicians to be in the limelight. I am surprised the Roll for Thunder allowed her to come along. They are a group who honors POW's, MIA's and fallen heroes.

    She has drawn attention to herself which is what she likes to do. She just needs to understand that Memorial Day is not the time for partisan politics. It is a day to honor all of those who have fought and died for this country. What began as Decoration Day became a day to remember these men and women.

    The press or media has just gone along like puppy dogs. They are equally to blame for this display. Shame on them.

    May 30, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Apeman

    Does the GOP realize how splintered they have become? Are they so scared of their own shadow that they are afraid to stand up and tell this peice of work along with the rest of the small but vocal extreme right that enough is enough? I hope it's not simply that they are cowards and want the votes so bad that they have no integrity.

    May 30, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. KatieSilverSpring

    "We're here, we're clear ... get used to it". President Palin is on the way to town! Can't wait til Jan 20, 2013!

    May 30, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. aelarsen

    someone please drive that bus off a cliff......
    palin is not someone that govern....she can't even control her own life.....what a joke

    May 30, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. clarke

    Only Sarah knows what's up her sleeve. At this point she if she is or not, she is playing the game. She enjoys all the attention and grandstanding, that is who she is.

    May 30, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Harry Lime

    I can cut the Democrat and RINO fear with a knife. Lot of brave talk about "I hope she runs" but then why did you spend the last two and a half years trying to discredit and destroy her (and her family) if she'll be so easy to beat? I think we all know the answer, don't we? I'll bet David Axelrod and David Plouffe aren't popping any champagne corks.

    May 30, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Jim Sibley

    Political grandstanding instead of actually participating in a memorial day service is tells where her priorities are.

    May 30, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Politics for $$$$$$$. She'll denigrate anything and anybody for $$$$$$$. She wasn't there for the vets, it's a paid vacation for her family and more money for her bank account.

    I still can't believe how many idiots give that nutjob their money. But then, a fool and their money are soon parted.

    May 30, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. bellablue

    I'll bet Michelle Bachmann isn't very happy about this BUS arriving in Iowa, in June!!! Wonder if there will be a wrestling match on the agenda?????!!!!!!

    May 30, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Ray

    Oh you lefty's are really getting nervous... It's so fun to watch you all trip all over yourself! Where's BO? Oh that right he's golfing after his last Europeon disaster... speaking of irrelevant! Well unless your a socialist... Then it's business as usual, wait, you don't know business... then it's just another day in the loony bin, checks in the system!

    May 30, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Winning

    If it weren't for her kids, I'd be hoping that she'd fall off that stupid motorcycle.

    May 30, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To the avowed right-wingers that accuse we liberals of getting nervous – we have good reason. There are enough morons on the right to vote for this cretin. Be proud, your party is headed-up, for now, with a collection of really scary folks – Gingrich, Paul, Palin, Bachmann, etc. Why don't you put on your tin foil hats, retreat to your bunkers and figure out what tragedy to blame on Obama – you're good at that, you know!

    May 30, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. matt

    ..........Anyhing can happen...........Schwartzenegger got Californa...................

    May 30, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. DrewL

    Sarah Palin quit on Alaska mid-term. How can anyone take her seriously as a candidate for president? She's a fraud and a clown.

    May 30, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To all The Right-Wingers on here – please define the difference between a socialist and socialism, and there is a difference. $20.00 says none of you know because Faux News won't tell you because Rupert Murdoch won't allow it.

    May 30, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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