Iowa tea party event to feature Palin and O'Donnell
August 30th, 2011
07:40 AM ET
9 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. MaryM5

    Really? Palin and O'Donnell? are you kidding me? This is just one of the reasons why the teapublicans will NEVER be taken seriously any time soon.

    August 30, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. ath

    Two peas in a pod

    August 30, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. RKN

    Some people look better after you've had a few drinks.
    These two will make more sense after you've had several drinks.

    August 30, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Name king

    One of the dew thing that I would like if Obama lose go perry is that the tea baggers would disappear since they've gotten rid of the black man, fox news ratings will dwindle and Palin will fade into obscurity. Then our economy will be left up to the ideologist, who will do the same thing of looking at each other as they find that their austerity measures they've been preaching about won't help this country from going over the cliff.

    August 30, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. sean

    yes, they want to preach conservative values, (o'donnell isn't even married), they want to preach the Constitution(neither of them are lawyers or judges to my knowledge), and last but not least fiscal responsibility, (they don't even have jobs).

    Is this not evident to most people?

    August 30, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. johnboner

    You go girls. Anything to take the spotlight off of GW II.........aka Rick"Casanova" Perry!

    August 30, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Carol

    Who will attend the event to listen to these two idiots!!! What a ridiculous pair!

    August 30, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. FM

    "The rally is meant to help promote the tea party values of limited government".
    Can any tea party member enlighten me on this please! I get difficulties to understand what are consequences of unlimited government. And if you need small gov., why not abolish it completely, if at all the government is no use to you. And why are candidates campaigning to be leaders? To lead what? if at all the big government is a bad thing! Are they campaigning to be small leaders like the gov. they claiming should be???

    August 30, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. don

    Perfect spokes persons for the Tea Party.

    August 30, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They are so eerily similar to The Patty Duke Show:
    "They talk alike, they walk alike, they think could lose your mind!".
    These idiots are two of a kind.

    August 30, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. FDA

    And a collective IQ of what?

    August 30, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. Mike

    These two morans are the main reason why I can no longer consider myself a Republican.

    August 30, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OH, so the top two losers in the country are going to converge on Iowa. Does this mean that "The Former Governor of Alaska Who Quit Before Her Term Expired" and "I Am Not a Witch And It Was Legal For Me To Use My Campaign Money To Pay The Rent For My Home" may be considering running together? These Republicans just keep getting funnier and funnier. Where is Harold Stassen when you need him?

    August 30, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  14. TheOneIndependent

    A tea party rally headlining Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell. Someone who was exorcized by a Voodoo Witch doctor and a woman who practiced spells as a witch. Here a two women that together share one brain cell and that one cell is retarded. It is heartbreaking to know that this is the best the GOP can do? The candidates all doubt evolution, pray to help the economy because they haven't a clue, none have any idea on any subject just criticisms, lies and fear mongling. And then the Tea party springs for a Rally with the 2 women least likely to have a rational thought. With the GOP the way it is now, there is now way I will ever vote republican but I have to say a failed GOP, a corrupt GOP, a obstructionist GOP is bad for america. It is a shame to watch the GOP attact the very ideals that have made America great for no other reason than greed.

    August 30, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. AEK

    One woman who quit her elected office and abandoned the people of Alaska and another who couldn't get elected on a bet. Quite the team of political experts. I'm sure the good people in my neighboring state of Iowa will be very impressed. Please discourage them from travel outside the border...please!

    August 30, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. Ken in MD

    Great, two failed political hacks. They belong together. Now if we could just get the media to stop covering these idiots...

    August 30, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. somebody somewhere

    What an absolute brain trust this is!!

    August 30, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. sortakinda

    Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber. Add Bachmann and you are still short of a full brain.

    August 30, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. Matt

    Oh great.... A double feature with the witch and the other b word that rhymes with witch...

    August 30, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. Thomas

    Who wrote O'Donnell's book for her?

    Anyone know someone who bought this book?

    August 30, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. RINO Bil

    Good for Iowa! They get a loser and a quiter ... like anyone should care about these two!

    August 30, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Donkey Party

    "No other national leaders"? Which ones are set to be there now? Palin and Witchy-woman, national leaders? Now that's funny, funnier that Bachmann's God joke.

    August 30, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. independent

    What? Is there room for a witch and a half-quisling governor? Why of course there is. We've got all kinds of room. We've got room for crooked state governors, politicians who exhibit there hate for liberals and Democrats with a special Christian zeal, failed blow-hard buisness men trying to sell books, adulterers, philanderers, zero-government kooks, and anti-Catholic reformists. Yes, the Republican Party has become a big tent party. We've got quite a circus here. Welcome.

    August 30, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Two witches from different covens.

    August 30, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Casual

    And yet the Tea Baggers wonder why their 'rallies' and town hall meetings' have 12 people attending? So, I wonder if they will have a audience participation game of, oh, The Air Head Off for example...they could throw out quotes from these two bird brains and see which nut job said that quote...and each winner gets a new bible!

    Why are either one of these woman relevant to this party? They bring ya'll down to curb level. Crazy alert.....

    August 30, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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