Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa
August 10th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa

(CNN) - After a more than two-month hiatus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to crash the presidential party once again with a heartland-themed re-launch of her "One Nation" bus tour this week in Iowa, according to a Palin fundraising email obtained by CNN.

Palin is bringing her Constitution-draped bus to the Iowa State Fair, just 30 miles south of where the Republican presidential field will take the stage on Thursday for a presidential debate in Ames.

It's not yet clear which day the tour begins, but her surprise arrival in Iowa will happen before the closely watched Ames straw poll. Palin is not on the straw poll ballot.

According to a video link included the fundraising solicitation for Palin's political action committee, Sarah PAC, it appears the bus will also take Palin to Missouri and Illinois to visit the respective hometowns of former presidents Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan.

"The heartland is perfect territory for more of the One Nation Tour as we put forth efforts to revitalize the fundamental restoration of America by highlighting our nation's heart, history, and founding principles," Palin wrote in the email.

Sarah PAC Treasurer Tim Crawford would not provide more the details about the tour.

During the opening act of her bus tour in May, Palin toured historical sites along the East Coast, grabbing countless headlines along the way and stealing a share of the political spotlight from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who announced his presidential bid in New Hampshire at the same time her bus was driving into the state.

Federal paperwork reveals that her political action committee shelled out nearly $20,000 on the tour this spring.

The bus tour sequel adds even more drama to a blockbuster political week in Iowa, which holds the first contest in the presidential nomination fight.

Along with the debate and the make-or-break straw poll, most of the Republican candidates are slated to deliver stump speeches this week at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register-sponsored political soapbox.

And on Sunday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Palin ally who is on the verge of joining the 2012 race, will make his Iowa debut at a Republican fundraising dinner in Waterloo.

Palin's re-emergence in Iowa just hours before the debate is a reminder that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee intends to remain part of the presidential discussion as long as possible, despite being largely dismissed by party insiders.

While polls show that Republicans harbor doubts about whether she should run for president, Palin would undoubtedly be a factor in the GOP primary thanks to her popularity among conservative activists and a knack for attracting media attention.

A Gallup survey out Tuesday showed that Palin generates more enthusiasm among GOP voters than most of the candidates already in the race. And as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently put it, "she could raise enough money to burn a wet mule."

Her advisers have long emphasized that such star power gives her the ability to delay a decision about joining the race until after Labor Day.

Palin has pointed to September as a loose deadline for making a decision about whether she will seek the GOP presidential nomination.

There is also anecdotal evidence that Palin has the potential to shake up the Republican race in Iowa.

Despite having no formal campaign infrastructure in the state, hundreds of supporters turned out in June to catch a glimpse of Palin when a sympathetic film about her rise to power debuted in Pella.

She has plans to return to the state over Labor Day weekend for a Tea Party rally in the Des Moines area.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (466 Responses)
  1. m

    Keep Rollin.
    .Russia is not too far away!

    August 11, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. blf83

    Please, somebody stop her at the border!

    August 11, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. FM

    This woman is like a grasshopper. Jumping from one place to the other without any sounding reason why she is doing so.

    August 11, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Casey Anthony

    I'm her #1 fan

    August 11, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. NVa Native

    I wish Palin would get a real job. It's sad with so many people having hard times these celebrities have no problem flaunting their money. Sad even more that these social parasites make so much money from the very same people their efforts negatively affect. How have the tax subsidies for the rich benefited anyone who does not receive the tax subsidies – and we have over ten years of proof that they don't?

    August 11, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Mollybee


    August 11, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. John in Brooklyn

    Dear God,

    Please have her run for president!

    Your Servant,
    Loyal Democrat

    August 11, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. steve

    Darn – they said 'crashed' & I was all 'Hopey', LOL If it would really 'crash' – THAT would be news!! Palin's just like the rest of the 'runners' cashing in on the ignorance of people who think one person can change their situation!! As long as she's putting money in her bank account, she ain't going away, LOL

    August 11, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. JB21

    Could the entire Palin clan just take a bus and head back to where they came from, and shut up?

    August 11, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. Steve in texas

    Jeez woman, run if you're gonna run already. Otherwise shut it.

    August 11, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. DavenCA

    Make way for the Shrill Shill. Any takers on whether she quits before she gets there?

    August 11, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Casual


    I have never seen a more stubborn person, man or woman, in my life. Too bad Sarah wasn't a tree hugger, she would never come down!
    Fellow Americans, I think we will never be rid of her, she is like your teenage daughter who NEVER shuts up until they get what they precieve as justice, and I suspect Sarah here is like that teenager, she is never going to shut up or leave us alone until she can valadate herself to her own party by becoming president.
    She is just dying to stick it to them and prove them wrong, and at the cost of the American people no less.

    I'm in the cringe posttion as I type that one, of course I get it she will ever get thru a primary, but, she really is like a mole on the skin......

    August 11, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. sillygringros

    Palin, you do not currently hold an office and so far have not declared candidacy. So truly, who cares what you have to say. At the moment, you are a reality TV star, nothing more. Do we ask the Jersey Shore cast members for their political opinions? Stop with your stupid publicity stunts and go away already. You distract from what is important.

    August 11, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Tam

    Her bus can keep on rolling till it falls off the end of the flat earth!

    August 11, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. Red

    Hey Iowans, can you fix up a nice corn maze we can send her in? The maze wouldn't have to be too difficult – I doubt it would take much to get her lost once and for all.

    August 11, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. buttercup70

    If she runs Obama wins for sure......yay!!! Run, Sarah, Run!!!

    August 11, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Bessy

    I was starting to have " withdrawl " symptoms not having anything on Palin or her loser daughter for a couple of days. SO glad you are back Sarah. Now I can return to laughing at the news.

    August 11, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. ST

    Sarah is bad news for GOP. Unless they find the way to stop her injecting herself. I can see the pattern of 2008 or even more. Dems should love this woman more and more. She will do the work which was supposed to be done by many on Dems side!

    August 11, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Geoz

    And the average IQ of the lower 48 drops another point.

    August 11, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |

    Hope the bus gets a flat tire, or two!!!!! This cow hates to see any other GOP candidates hog the limelite. She's an know nothing, attention grabbing, money grubbing nitwit!! Please run Sarah and give Obama another 4 years. OBAMA 2012!!!

    August 11, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Snobare

    Money must be running short for the Palin Clan...need to get to Iowa to top up the account and the

    August 11, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. Get A Grip

    Thank you CNN for doing yet another Sarah Palin story. As I have said before, the visual I get from the left pounding away on their keyboards to post all their hate towards this woman is PRICELESS!

    The more the left hates this woman the more I really like her!!!!

    August 11, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Joe Mair- Small business owner of 30 years who has always paid his bills

    If she would become pres at least two people would be happy. jay leno d letterman

    August 11, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. bb

    Palin represents everything the GOP has become – arrogantly ignorant, hatefully exclusive, and a sole representative of the richest 2% at the expense of all other Americans. The GOP is weedkiller poured onto the middle class.

    August 11, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. chuck

    Roseanne barr has a bus tour called "Two nation"s heading to IOWA. It's all about how mean the media is asking naughty questions she can;t answer due to being dumb,and how much of a victim Rosenne is...OH wait that is Sarah's message, scratch that, my error!.

    August 11, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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