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. Moedana

    The fact the people think she is capable of being president scares the hell out of me! what are you people thinking she can't even run her own family – she's such a joke

    August 11, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Shep

    Tea Partiers love Palin ... because she is white which makes her right.

    August 11, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. C-Lo

    Don't worry, alll you Soros backed Palin haters. As soon as Perry becomes the front runner George will re-progam your computers to personally attack him. Then your "Caribou Barbie" won't be stealing your googlie eyes from Kenyon Ken any more.

    August 11, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. sara

    she is a psycho path & trying to bring her hallucinations to real life. SARA P just get out of this country and find a life!!!

    August 11, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. This is hilarious!

    Well, the GOP got into bed with Palin and the Tea Party. What a hangover they've got now... I love it!

    August 11, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Light In The Black

    Guess the childs age.................
    Round Them Up

    No doubt if Palin runs against Obama, Palin will win in a landslide. Heck, if my pet rock ran against Obama my pet rock would win in a landslide.

    6 ??
    7 ?

    August 11, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Barking Alien

    I believe Sarah Palin can return this country to what it once arctic wasteland. Really she is just a big mouth suspended on two legs. A barking dog for the far right wing.

    August 11, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. terre08

    Now the teabaggers are going to have multiple orgasms again.

    August 11, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Founders1791

    Alison....Obama QUIT the Senate after only 2 years and 3 months to campaign "for himself" after "promising on Nov 3, 2004" that he would not do that.

    He CHEATED Illinois Taxpayers by campaigning “on their dime and time”....then QUIT for “personal ambition”

    August 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Dave from GA

    Hope her bus engine got sputtered and stalled in middle of the Texas Enough Already area.

    August 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. effbho

    you libs are losing it. it's just going to get worse for you. get your helmets on moonbats.

    Sarah Palin 2012

    August 11, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. deb

    Stop putting this annoying howler monkey on the Politics page, and move her to Entertainment. That's all she is.....

    August 11, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Me

    Money making bus tour.

    August 11, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Light In The Black

    Best comment of the was was.......(Drum roll please)

    "the wheels on the bus go round and round"

    August 11, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. yoshi

    folks – she's selling books

    August 11, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Grow up already...

    Well of course the sow grizzly is gonna crash the party. Every three ring circus needs bears.... Perhaps she'll dance on a ball or something...

    August 11, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. OU812IC

    A knack for drawing media puplicity You State
    Well then it's all the Media's fault isn't it

    August 11, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. CarolStrick

    Gee, I'll be in my Honda, hitting the NC State Fair come October. Will CNN do a story about me too?

    August 11, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. turtleheadz

    I can see it now....Prayer Rick and Quiter Palin 2012...and you thought the last 12 years were a disaster....end times are here.

    August 11, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. JonDie

    Did Sarah bring Bristol, her daughter the unemployed, high school drop-out and unwed mother, to help her get more conservative votes? Nothing hotter to a conservative than an ignorant, pregnant young woman...except a barefoot, ignorant, pregnant young woman.

    August 11, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Gramma_T

    @Kate who posted at August 10, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |

    You are a liar. $haria was in cahoots with the oil companies, not against them.

    August 11, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Terry Gloege

    Sarah who??

    August 11, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. JJG

    Love her. Love the way she ran Alaska. Love her previous campaign.
    Just what America needs. Love the fact that she trademarked her name.
    OMG I can't control myself...she's soooo qualified to be our president and
    has a secret plan which will save our and the worlds economy which combines
    her love of our Savior JC with sound macro and microeconomic theory.

    August 11, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Ben

    As a conservative, I feel like she is like an annoying Gypsey. And that is an insult to Gypseys...

    August 11, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. saopaco

    I pledge allegiance to the debt of the United States of America, and to the politicians with their grandstands, fractious nation under a white God, divided, with liberty and justice on credit.

    August 11, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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