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. Jan in TX

    Ignore her until she goes away!

    August 10, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. jon/omaha

    can cnn go just one day without palin?

    August 10, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. vet in texas

    She palls around with communists!

    August 10, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Debbie from Arizona

    Of course she's going to Iowa. It's getting close to the end for Sarah. She has to milk all of the money she can out of her delusional followers. And to Max Leygrume: The only thing that dismays this liberal is that there are still people like you out there who actually believe that this woman is, in any way, qualified to be the President of our country.

    August 10, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. arale norimaki

    palin 2012 bumper sticker

    This time with have a daughter in public school who hasn't been knocked up yet?

    August 10, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. 60's survivor

    YIKES. Queen of trolls

    August 10, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Dai

    Has she actually read the Constitution that "decorates" her bus? Someone should ask her questions about the parts clearly visible and see if she even knows them. 🙂

    August 10, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Madtown

    Yay, more comedy!! Good for us!!

    August 10, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Laura518

    PLEASE RUN!!!! All of the Democrats want you to be the nominee! And I want her to start talking about Christian family values! She was pregnant before she got married. Her teenage unwed daughter. And her son got married two months ago and his wife JUST gave birth? Talk about a shotgun wedding! Haven't the Palin's heard of birth control? And I am not judging. I just don't like hypocrites. But she is playing the empty headed Palin robots. She isn't running, just grabbing attention. I would bet an entire paycheck she won't throw her hat in the ring...well, she would if she coudl get out of being interviewed by anyone other than her girlfriend, Greta.

    August 10, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. E

    Maxie.. can I have some of whatever you're smoking? I want to see what it's like to live in Delusionalville.

    August 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Madtown

    Max Leygrume
    Palin will make you do whatever she wishes you to do. Palin will make you....
    Write in permanent marker on the palms of our hands?

    August 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. mendoblather

    First we were taken with pet rocks....30 years later we're taken with the Alaskan dodo. Only American idiots think this woman has a clue.

    August 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Marie

    So, who is the media going to cover? The real candidates or the celebrity wannabe candidate who just loves disrupting and stealing the spotlight from the others.

    August 10, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Norma Jean

    Make it go away.

    August 10, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I see her young daughter is still body blocking for her...
    Jerry Springer must be soooo proud one of his own guests has hit the big time.!
    Jerry!! Jerry!! Jerry!!!

    August 10, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Limbaugh is a liberal

    So, if I spend my days angrily denouncing my political opponents and touring the country, the right will tell me I am a hateful bum and I should get a real job.
    If it's one of their own doing exactly that same thing, they pay her $5-10 thousand per appearance and cheer her on.

    This country really has screwed up standards if these are our role models.

    August 10, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Peter E

    WHO CARES!!! She is a political has been, a nobody, a QUITTER, a sore loser, and a coward! Nobody cares what she has to say!

    August 10, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. JMM

    The fact that people support this woman should be plenty of evidence when one ponders why our country is in a ditch. Even if she were smart, she lacks integrity, ethics, leadership and most of all an understanding of how we humans came to be on this planet. And yet supposedly educated Americans support her?

    August 10, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Grifter. Snowbilly grifter. Ratings grabber (shame on you, too, CNN)

    August 10, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. AC

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaa All the news groups are going to follow this ex-gov. who quit her job! Are they going to show her movie also in Iowa?

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus when are you coming out?

    August 10, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. J.M. Waters

    I love Sarah Palin and the Founding Principles she espouses. That said, I will have a very difficult decision to make if both she and Rick Perry enter the race. I think I would have to throw my support behind Perry because of what he has done in Texas. I'm sure Sarah would never accept another V.P. nod, but could you imagine a Perry / Palin ticket?

    August 10, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Vin B.

    I can only wonder what a great american like Dwight Eisenhower (a thoughtful sane republican) would think
    of this pathetic excuse for a presidential candidate. The very fact that there is even a fraction of the american public
    who would support this individual speaks volumes of how low the bar has been lowered.

    August 10, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Oh brother! Yet another Palin article! This woman is delusional. Yes, please run Mrs. Palin, you will bring the Democrats another victory!

    August 10, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Just Go Away

    She is an opportunist. Plain and simple. Any time she can get her face on T.V., in the papers or on the web, she'll be there. The only thing she's running for is people who are willing to pull out their cash and fork it over to her.

    August 10, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Chach

    So let's just say hell does freeze over and she becomes President. Wouldn't it be a perfectly reasonable expectation that she would quit for no reason two years into her term? If she ever subjects herself to a real interview or a debate, that would be the first question they ask. But she won't because, for all her bravado and Grizzly Mom-ness, she's really a just a witless, anti-intellectual quitter and a coward. Such a sad comment on our country that there actually people out there that think she is worthy of holding any public office when all she does is denounce governance. She needs to go back to the woods and do what she does best: Ride snowmobiles and shoot stuff.

    August 10, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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