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. Lenny Pincus

    I see. This self-absorbed coo coo bird is literally screaming, "LOOK AT ME!" while the supposed real Republican candidates are debating 30 miles away. My gosh, the GOP is certainly one screwed up bag of crazies. That rumble you just felt is every single dead Republican president rolling over in his grave.

    August 10, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Plz run for Prez Sarah!

    Oh god please let her run and get the nomination. That would guarantee us 4 more years of a GOP free White House.

    August 10, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Sick of Politics

    Unfortunately, Sarah Palin wouldn't have a chance at winning the national election because there are too many jealous women and idiot men in this country who buy into crap that spews out of typical politicians mouths year after year after year. Sarah Palin is different...she actually did some pretty good things in Alaska for the Alaskan people. What a novel idea...a government leader actually serving the people. Hopefully she will at least keep the other Republican candidates on their toes so one of them can be strong enough to defeat the absolute disaster we have in office right now.
    BTW – she's never claimed she or anyone in her family is capable of walking on water.
    Are you haters scared because there is really something to be scared of or because you are ignorant?

    August 10, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. IVOTE

    Oh well...the puppet must go where the puppet master sends her. I really wonder if the rest of the Republicans care about her anymore. Hey Sarah, congrats on the birth of your new grandaughter 3 mos after the wedding of her parents. Abstinence?????

    August 10, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Ed Zumar

    I am looking forward to hearing her ideas on creating jobs, solving the debt dilemma, getting us out of 3 wars. Just kidding – not enough advil for the headache that would cause this non-thinking air head

    August 10, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Hazel Burke

    As usual the ones dismissing her are the first ones her to make a comment. LOL she's coming for the mulatto and there's nothing you can do about it. I wonder if Obama's bus will have a copy of the constitution or a tally of the national debt. Or how about his poll numbers LOL. Obama has just been downgraded.

    August 10, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. ARTRaveler

    Look, I'm here. It is me! Are you glad that I showed up? Can you pay me some more money to show up somewhere.? She is certainly the definition of "celebrity" who is famous for being famous. Go back home.

    Either get in the race and get your butt klicked by your "own" party or have Obama wipe up the floor with you. So much luggage, so little time. This race doesn't need a 13th dwarf!

    August 10, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Me

    Ahhhhh, CNN still brings out the trolls from their parents basements to bash Palin...I love the fear she evokes in the liberal left..... 🙂
    Pesident Palin.... can't come soon enough to save our great nation!

    August 10, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Ah, yes. Vacation, part 2. Donate more to Palin. It might cost more that 20 grand this time.

    August 10, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Patty - Illinois

    Palin is like a sneaky dog watching other dogs fight .... she sneaks in at the last minute to try to steal the prize .... or in this case all of the attention!

    August 10, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Why is Palin in Iowa news. The media reports these stories of Palin only to give air to a person who just is around to make money. Please stop all Palin stories.

    August 10, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. babetoo

    will this nightmare ever end? why doesn't she just go home and take care of all those kids. she does so well at it. lol
    she can't even control the kids. why does she think she could lead a nation. it is so hard for me to believe that anyone with any sense would pay attention to anything she says.

    August 10, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Dea2

    Her bus may be rolling, but she won't be on it, she'll continue to fly to the different venues and waste her supporters money doing so. She is not someone who cares about Americans, she cares about Sarah, and uses everyone else around her in order to be stay in the spotlight. Sarah Palin is irrelevent to the vast majority of Americans, and she knows it, she just doesn't want to admit it to anyone, even herself.

    August 10, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. optimistica

    Again and yet again and again and again ad infinatum – WHO CARES – Why should we care and WHY DON't YOU STOP COVERING THIS ITWIT!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. optimistica

    I meant NITWIT on PALIN – the strong revulsion interfered with my keystrokes 🙂

    August 10, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Independent Texan

    Turn your bus north and keep driving till you reach Alaska ---

    August 10, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Larry L

    Can you see Iowa from her front porch?

    August 10, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Everythingdies

    Just when the hot air left the state, god help Iowa

    August 10, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. CedarRapids

    "HURRAY FOR YOU PALIN. You are so far smarter than the bag in the Oval Office. Millions of us are out here waiiting on you to come on and commit to run. Don't let the ignorance of Obama supporters stop you. PALIN 2012"

    Stop her? are you kidding? we want her to run, please get her to run, please.

    'You're doomed liberals.... and you know it.
    Palin will be our be our next president. Palin will govern as a commonsense leader , representing the vast majority of Americans. In doing so – she will destroy what little is left of liberalism/socialism/marxism and communism in this country.
    Presient Palin will also rescue this country's financial spiral from destroying us and will regain America's place as the global leader it's always been. All to the dismay of liberals and their stooges in the media.
    Palin is WAY too smart for lefties and the media to out wit , try as they have. She will continue to manipulate you. Make you lie awake at night with worry about your failed ideology , make you scream at your TV set everytime she appears , make you either rush to the polls or make you stay home on election eve.
    Palin will make you do whatever she wishes you to do. Palin will make you....'

    Stop it, stop it, i'll get a stitch from laughing so much.

    August 10, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. EffortPA

    I believe Sarah Palin is about the best thing it could have happened to our country. Sometimes, I disagree with what Obama is doing, but then I hear something Sarah Palin said and it reminds me that regardless of how bad things are right now, they could be much, much worse. That contrast would not be nearly as pronounced without Sarah Palin around. Sarah, please continue doing what you are doing.

    August 10, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. buttercup70

    I have only one positive thing to say about Sarah Palin.....she is pretty. The rest is NOT positive!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. cg

    Why doesn't this moron get some kahunas and announce her candidacy? I know why, because she has none! She is the Paris Hilton of politics. She can't stand not getting attention. If she was for real, she would do something that would require some intelligence. How about going on one of the Sunday morning talk shows and answer some hard questons like all the other candidates? She knows she is a bubble head so she doesn't want to embarress herself or endanger her gravy train. Anyone that thinks this woman is serious, needs to get a brain transplant. She also needs to quit pimping 10 year old daughter out in these crowds. Do you see any other candidate being so irresponsible with their children? This woman only cares about herself.

    August 10, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Von

    So she's going to linger outside a debate she's not invited to in a, not too thug like at all .

    yo yo yo fiddy cent ridin shotgun yo'

    August 10, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. Barbara

    John McCain unleashed a BIG political headache when he introduced Americans to Sarah Palin? If you follow the bouncing ball American politics has been going down hill ever since!

    August 10, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. Maria

    Here we go again, so according palin what r those founding principles? Has she been doing her homework n made her own interpretation of it? I'm glad that she tries as a woman but sad that's for the wrong reasons n not the better of the american (ALL) people. Oh wait all politicians do it for power.

    August 10, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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