Iowa tea party event to feature Palin and O'Donnell
August 30th, 2011
07:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Iowa tea party event to feature Palin and O'Donnell

Washington (CNN) - Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will join Sarah Palin as a speaker at a tea party rally this weekend in Iowa, one of the event's organizers told CNN.

A representative of O'Donnell, who is traveling the country to promote her book "Troublemaker," approached the rally's representatives Monday to ask if there was room for her to speak, Charlie Gruschow, national co-chairman of the Iowa-based Tea Party of America, said. And there was.

No other national leaders will address the rally, Gruschow said. Palin, who is considering a presidential run, is slated as the event's closing speaker on Saturday afternoon.

Palin's address is drawing interest from around the nation, according to Gruschow, who said he has not been given any additional information on what the former Alaska governor may discuss at the event.

"She will make a major statement at the event," Gruschow said last week. "Whether it be an announcement to run, not to run, or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates."

The rally is meant to help promote the tea party values of limited government, the importance of the Constitution and fiscal responsibility, event organizers have said.

Filed under: 2012 • Christine O'Donnell • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. George

    It's just entertainment folks, the more coverage they get, the more nauseated the middle class will become. Let them continue, it's not hurting Mr. Obama at all.

    August 30, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Fritz

    How many other wash-ups can we feature? Is there still time to book Andrew Dice Clay and Jimmy Buffet?

    Maybe I missed the headline; is this a bake sale or something?

    If we wanted to hear a few hens clucking, we could've head it in Iowa . . . . . . . .

    August 30, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. The GOPer sideshow marching out the circus clowns. How the "mighty" fall, eh, $arah? Here's laughing at you. And also O'Donnell too - you betcha!

    August 30, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Marie MD

    And since when did these two idiot women become national leaders?

    August 30, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Dianne

    So will Sarah announce she's running for POTUS and O'Donnell is her selected VP? We can only hope!!! That's a ticket guaranteed to fail.

    August 30, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Dax Damon

    A double-header ... The Witch and The Bitch

    August 30, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Gloria

    Oh my, I cannot imagine anything worse than witnessing these two idiots headlining something. Well, it may be worse if Michelle B. was also in attendance!

    August 30, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Mom of 3

    Wow, the Tea Party would be hard pressed to find two bigger idiots. But, the whole Tea Party is full of selfish idiots, so I guess they feel like Palin and O'Donnell are "just like them." Glad that the Tea Party is finally being seen for what it is by the vast majority of Americans.

    August 30, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Jaywing

    Inevitably, someone from the far right will post something about "libs fear these strong women." Here's some news for you from an independent in the middle: whetehr your'e male or female, loud does not make you strong; loud does not make you smart; loud does not make you right. And in the case of these 2 people, loud is all they have. What's the diffeence between a loud 'hockey mom', a loud 'witch' and a barking pit bull? When a pit bull is shown it is wrong, it sits down and shuts up!

    August 30, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Susan in Arkansas

    And remember, folks, that O'Donnell's representative on her book tour ASKED the rally's rep if THERE WAS ROOM FOR HER TO SPEAK!!! SHE WASN'T EVEN INVITED!!! Reminds me of the kid whose mother calls the other kid's mother to ask if she can also be invited to the birthday party to which she didn't receive an invitation. This is just priceless. And also pathetic.

    August 30, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. SCOTO

    Wohay! Double the dope factor!

    August 30, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Dave Harris

    This should be fun for a laugh. They'll be competing against each other to see who can make up the most stuff and get the most things wrong. Maybe Sarah will declare herself to be a "birther" and immediately jump to the lead in the Republican polls.

    August 30, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Bill

    Two brains in a...............wait – neither has one. They are the exception to the "nature abhors a vacuum" saying.

    August 30, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. dennis

    Well here it is folks, your REPUBLICAN NATIONAL TICKET FOR 2012!!! PALIN/O'DONNELL 2012. What a sick joke...who-da thunk that the RIGHT would actually let these two has been/never been be taken seriously. I almost feel sorry for conservatives..they gotta be embarrassed to admit their Repubs.

    August 30, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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