Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt
August 31st, 2011
11:26 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt

(CNN) - Sources close to Sarah Palin told CNN Wednesday that the former Alaska governor is no longer likely to attend a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, an event that's been plagued by logistical issues.

Palin will still make a separate appearance in Des Moines on Friday to meet with her supporters.

The sources stressed that Palin does not want to disappoint her backers in the state who have been eagerly awaiting her appearance.

Saturday's "Restoring America Event" in Indianola had been hotly anticipated, given Palin's fast-approaching self-imposed deadline for making a decision about whether to run for president.

She has pointed to late September as a time frame for that decision. Late Tuesday, news broke that Palin will travel to the lead off primary state of New Hampshire on Monday for another tea party rally.

Palin herself has indicated that she did not plan to announce her political intentions on Saturday in Iowa, but supporters from around the country had already booked plane and bus tickets to the state to attend.

The Palin sources cited "issues with the planning" of the rally, which is being sponsored by Tea Party of America, a recently created group that has never put on a large-scale event.

Event organizers were caught in an embarrassing mix-up on Tuesday when they dis-invited, then re-invited, former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell to speak at the event.

The Palin sources said event organizers had been "dishonest" about the speaking program and how the rally was being promoted.

They said Palin could still appear at the event.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I swear CNN has an obsession with this goofball. she's not running for President so stop giving her coverage. She hasn't resigned from Fixed News which is an apparent indication that she's not running. She just wants to keep her name in the "lamestream media" spotlight.

    August 31, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. felixelgato

    She's a maverick! A delusional, self-serving maverick who will hopefully split the Republicans before, during and after the 2012 election.

    August 31, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. newmoon2

    Issues with planning... like trying to guess which venue will have the most media coverage? Fidiot!

    August 31, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Palin's a flake, but true to form, she blames her incompetence on others: "The Palin sources said event organizers had been "dishonest" about the speaking program and how the rally was being promoted. "

    August 31, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Palin is not showing up at a scheduled event? My Goodness, did the check not clear? Are there not enough perks available for a Person of her esteemed value? Maybe the organizers asked one of the other Republican female candidates to speak and her Palinesse might be overshadowed by their flubs.
    It must be difficult being the only qualified candidate. Work, work, work, work.

    August 31, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Irrma in North Carolina

    This is site is becoming a Sarah site, who is the one at CNN that has such a crush on her, they need to go over to fox news. If she does run which she wont she will wait as long as possible, so she doesn't have to be in the debates, cause she would fail miserably. Most of all the republicans are tea party folks, now Mitt is getting on the wagon too. I cannot see the american people going for their lies and hate that they spread. If they get in this will be a sad country.

    August 31, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Palin sources said event organizers had been "dishonest" about the speaking program and how the rally was being promoted. "

    Giving us a first hand look into a Palin presidency filled with strive and finger pointing, CNN? Not looking too promising, all things considered.

    August 31, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. The Elephant in The Room

    The "issues with the planning" are simply this: Self-centered Sarah found out she was going to have to share the stage with another woman [O`Donnell] and she flipped out. There can only be one NON-candidate Tea Party darling pushing their book, speeches, buttons or Walmart-clearance-bin-caliber DVD [The Undefeated] at these rallies. If ever there is more than 1 and Sarah can`t be the queen bee, she`s outta there!

    I`m just telling it like ALL of you [R or D] know it is.

    August 31, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. thomas

    Palin is a plague of logistical issues !

    August 31, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. jnpa

    This tea party thingy doesn't seem to be very organized. First New Hampshire double booking Romney and Palin, now Iowa double booking Palin and O'Donnell, and now Palin may be backing away from Iowa "that's been plagued by logistical issues."
    There are they epitome of lack of communication!

    August 31, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Hmm

    ThinkAgain...exactly what I was thinking. She never takes responsibility for anything. She couldn't answer questions about what newspapers she reads b/c...well, obviously that was Katie Couric's fault somehow. This is just another example of this woman's lack of character.

    On a sidenote: she is the spitting image of Peggy Hill and looks moreso everytime I see her! Why is she wearing that ridiculous updo with a tshirt?? This is someone people think is "hot"?

    August 31, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Bog & Bam

    She must have read the latest polls on TP popularity..hahah..what an opportunist....

    August 31, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now that O'Donnell has been "re-invited" and Palin has cancelled the circus must go on with only one clown.

    August 31, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    The only thing in doubt is the sanity of people who would give a crap.

    August 31, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    1. Palin and O'Donnell will both appear. (equal time and equal pay)
    2. Just Palin, with no O'Donnell (Palin threatens to walk)
    3. It's on again, Palin and O'Donnell. (O'Donnell threatens to talk)
    4. Just O'Donnell, with no Palin (Palin can't walk and talk at same time)

    August 31, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Chas in Iowa

    This whole GOP crowd is just a joke. Sounds like the ladies don't get along. first ones in the other is out now she's back in but the other is out.
    Christine is got road rash from her last debacle and Sarah is running low on steam for her fundraising.
    I propose a cage fight. Sarah vs Christine

    August 31, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. chet

    Palin is not presidential material

    August 31, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    She's already quit?

    August 31, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Phil in KC

    She's in, she's out. She's on; she's off. She seems to be teasing her supporters. She needs to figure out how to make up her mind. Some commander-in-chief she'd make.

    August 31, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "The problem I see is that a disproportionate amount of funding would find it's way into one sector of the economy (construction in this example). And while I agree that the construction industry continues to be hit hard, MANY other sectors have been hit hard as well."

    Huh? You missed the point entirely. It's an INFRASTRUCTURE bill. It's not a JOBS bill. It's primary purpose is to see to the repair of our failing INFRASTRUCTURE. That it requires the employment of thousands of unionized contractors and construction workers to do so is secondary and should be seen as a good thing, but conservatives, just like you have done, will rationalize some cockamamee reason to criticize it...and on top of it reveal that they don't like it because it seems to favor unionized workers, etc. It has NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. WE NEED TO FIX OUR ROADS, BRIDGES, ETC. THEY ARE FAILING. It costs businesses more money to send trucks all over teh country and pay for gas and repairs when the roads are bad. It costs them more money when the traffic is bad. It costs them more money when heavy loads are detoured around bridges. You getting the picture yet?

    August 31, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Bill, NY

    Must be no MONEY there.

    August 31, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    If she's not showing up, its not news.


    August 31, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. MiddleOfTheRoad

    This just keeps gettin' better.....

    Stay tuned.

    August 31, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Steve

    When will the media and the anti-Palin savages who hang on their every word about her learn that Governor Palin will make her announcement when SHE is ready?

    They are so afraid of her!

    Palin and/or her camp will make an official statement on this and correct it like they have to do everytime an article of speculation is written.

    August 31, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. AntiFringe

    This would be funny if it wasn't such sad commentary on the state of the republican party.

    August 31, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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