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. lynne bell

    So who isn't in Iowa? We are tired of the phone calls and the circus. Thank goodness it ends for a little while Sat.

    August 10, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. MP

    As long as we read and then post she will never go away, the problem is us. Keep reading and posting , CCN will keep her on the front page.

    August 10, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. pn

    I bet Tina Fey hopes she'll go for it.

    August 10, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Al Olmsted

    Things around the U.S. and the rest of the world must be in pretty good shape if the media has so much time and energy to spend on the FREE PUBLICITY given to Sarah Palin's day-to-day exploits in pursuit of additional millions – she may not know history, but she knows how to make a buck!

    August 10, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Reggie from LA

    For someone who [does have] national political aspirations, I notice she's very picky about who she drops in on for surprises. I'm surprised she still has a following. Amazing. No talent. Not intellectual at all. I guess she has great publicists and handlers or just a bunch of weirdos hangin' around waitin' for red meat and stup-e-fication. I mean it is absolutely odd. Now everybody who loves the very ground she walks on, other than bashing everybody else, what has she proposed that's worth squat?

    August 10, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. diecast

    Yes, as part of someone's resume, it can be made known that someone was a former governor either by his term being up, was defeated at an election, decides not to run for another term, or even injured but to keep giving the same accolade as "former governor" to Mrs. Palin does not hold water. She quit her post, didn't complete her term. Regardless that she wanted to spend more time with her family, fight grizzly bears, or any other rationale, she simply ran away from her Constitutional Oath.

    August 10, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Half Term Governor and Beauty Pageant Runner Up Snooki Palin has a message for Iowa: Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me !

    August 10, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Seattle Sue

    This woman is one vicious Grizzly sow.

    August 10, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Dan K

    Hooray: the phony is back! Obama's dream came true! He is a cinch to win if she is nominated! Every intellegent person see's that she should be back in Arazona where she can see Mexice from her patio!!! She is a quitter, and a lousy ( but cuttsie) candidate! Lincoln would roll over in his grave if he knew she used him on her commercial!!!

    August 10, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Ex-GOP Con

    money money! i bet the horn on the tour bus goes "ka-ching ka-ching". i actually feel kinda bad for her idiot followers being taken on a ride palin. .... kinda. but not really.

    August 10, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    what is more entertaining here, the people that continue to bash Sarah Palin or the ones that come here and support her? Both are funny IMO to a certain extent. One thing is for sure though...President Palin won't be..and there are just as many Republicans that don't want that to happen (Karl Rove for one) as those on the left.

    August 10, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. muzyck

    When will this loser give up? She lost the election for the Republicans in the last Presidential election. She bailed on her elected duties in Alaska to do reality TV. She was a failure on a personal level because she couldn't instill the simple concept of abstinence or birth control in her own daughter. Her self absorbed craving to be a "king maker" without the guts or resolve to actually follow through in any positive way on the legislative speaks volumes. Maybe she can team up with Howard Stern and they can blather away as a team of talkers and let the doers actually do some meaningful work.

    August 10, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. C-U-In-St. Louiw

    Sarah Palin is right....................handed!

    August 10, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. alex

    Hey Sarah you are one despicable low life human being .Go back to your igloo no one is interested in the lies that come out of your filthy are just an echo to your buddy rush the oxy-head.Enough already.

    August 10, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. John

    Is Saran Palin so dumb she don't even listen to the American people. Her 15 min are up and It time she just go away. She Is Not news and the Tea Party are going to ruin America If the People let them. You know If CNN wouldn't cover everything this woman does ,just maybe she go away.

    August 10, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. CBR

    To those who can show no respect for the President I would hope you would give fair and open criticism rather than calling President Obama names. The least we can do is respect each other and our differences of opinion.

    Just as things are heating up Ms. Palin is coming into Iowa. Do you think she is trying to break up the party and even get to speak? If she is going to run she should declare. If not, she should remain on the sidelines and allow the candidates to debate and set forth their visions for the USA. She is beginning to look more and more like the beauty queen who cannot stand watching any competition for her crown rather than a politician.

    The I told You so routine can only last so long.

    August 10, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Sue

    and the media will follow her around "LIKE DOGS IN HEAT"....she doesn't want Bachman to get anymore attention and she loves messing with the GOP.....and yet they can't find the balls to tell this women she doesn't have the brains to clean toliets much less run the White House......she doesn't want to debate because she knows she can't stand on that stage and hold a debate. she would look like a fool that we all know she is.......

    August 10, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Karma6338

    I am sick to my stomach of this woman and I am even sicker of her base that really think she will ever be President....IT AIN"T HAPPENING!!!! Showing up in Iowa just as the debates and straw poll starts is just a sickening show of an overblown ego. She has no shame. I hope she skips Missouri.

    August 10, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Daniel

    "Constitution-draped bus" : You gotta be kidding. That kind of blatant propaganda would make even Joseph Goebbles blush. I hope people can see through all the manipulation and get to the truth. She probably wipes her bottom with toilet paper printed with the constitution on it, yet she claims to support it... and the scary thing is some people buy into that...

    I think people see the truth when things get so outragous as this propaganda. In five years, no one will remember the name 'Palin'.

    August 10, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. oallal05

    She needs to get a life.

    August 10, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. Robrob

    Run Sarah, run! You are Obama's best hope.

    August 10, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. SurRy

    Keep sending her and her hillbilly family money you knuckledraggers!

    August 10, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. Obama 2012

    This FOOL has to be the center of attention. Hey Palin it's time for you to realize no cares!

    August 10, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. rhumba

    I know her daughter hopes that grizzly mama lets her stay home this time. The kid was miserable on the last trip.

    August 10, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Tommyboy

    I don't think it was THAT big of a surprise. She probably never left the state.

    August 10, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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