Palin meets diehard supporters on eve of big speech
September 2nd, 2011
11:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin meets diehard supporters on eve of big speech

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greeted hundreds of her most diehard supporters in an Iowa restaurant on Friday evening, the night before she headlines a buzzed-about tea party rally on Saturday.

Enthusiastic Palinistas who trekked from places as far away as Dallas and San Diego for Saturday’s rally jammed into the Machine Shed, a popular restaurant in Urbandale, for a meet-up event organized by Conservatives4Palin, the online destination for all things Palin.

Many of them recognized each other from the Conservatives4Palin usernames or Twitter handles that were scribbled onto nametags slapped onto pro-Palin T-shirts.

Palin was met by a reporter from Radio Iowa as she and her husband Todd arrived at the event around dinnertime after driving out from Des Moines.

Asked to opine on the current field of GOP presidential hopefuls, Palin mischievously claimed that another candidate could still join the fray.

“Happy with the field of candidates,” Palin said. "I always think that there’s room for more, though, because spirited debate and more competition will allow an even better discourse and a more rigorous discourse that the public deserves.”

As she and her husband, Todd, entered the restaurant, they were mobbed by the crowd and showered with repeated chants of “Run, Sarah, Run!”

Dozens of admirers whipped out their smartphones and digital cameras to document the scene, while an editor back at Conservatives4Palin curated the flood of tweets and reporter dispatches coming out of the event.

Palin worked the space for nearly an hour, posing for pictures and signing autographs. She did not address the crowd, but California attorney Peter Singleton, the self-appointed Palin political guru in Iowa, rallied the troops.

“There is no one who has the political courage and vision of this woman,” he said. “If she runs I believe she will win the nomination and I will believe she will win the general election.”

The Palins and their staff left soon after and returned to their Des Moines hotel.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Is this woman still out there? I thought the GOP-bots had abandoned her for Michelle Bachmann. Give it up Snooky Palin. You are truly yesterday's news. On the upside, I would love to see her upstage Michelle. Seriously, I never thought I would say this but Sarah looks almost benign compared to Michelle, who truly hates almost everyone.

    September 3, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    How much do those baggers get paid to ride that bus cross-country and show up at some dinky little restaurant in a small town so they can look like a big group?

    September 3, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. n

    Run Sara run. Run back to Alaska. What is wrong with these people Palin is the laughing stock of the world. And people still support her they must be dumb and no brains.

    September 3, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest president ever Sarah Palin! She will get ready to announce her inevitable ascension into the throne of the White House and usher in a new era of American government. The 8 years of President Palin will bring in unheard of prosperity and wealth never before seen. President Palin will truly make our govt completely accountable and free of crony corporate corruption. President Palin will usher in an eternal line of White Conservative Women Presidents and VPs.

    September 3, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    It is not the fact that this woman is loose in the country. It is not the fact that she quit her asked for job as governor to make money. All of this aside.
    Quite a significant number of Americans think she is a viable person to be POTUS.
    This is a scary comment on the general mental health of the USA.
    Reminds one of 4th century Rome.

    September 3, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. The End is Near

    This is what American politics has devolved into: A gubernatorial quitter gadfly who doesn't even read newspapers claiming she has the stuff to be President of the US. And to boot millions of gullible voters buzzing around her like flies on a steaming cowpie.

    September 3, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. frank

    Did she order a corndog?

    September 3, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. RKN

    IF she runs she could at least spend the money and create some jobs – that is the only way the republicans are about to do anything about jobs.
    Most of these people are traitors and should not be allowed to vote or hold paying jobs – maybe just do reduced wage dirty jobs.

    September 3, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. mark1

    In fact, there is so much room for more candidates there will be many joining soon. Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Sarah Palin, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck all intend to announce they run the Republican nomination.

    September 3, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. NoGr8rH8r

    Palin can't and won't win for 1 reason , HER VOICE. It's beyond annoying and when it's fueled by terrible speeches, it's over.

    September 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    She should have stayed at the hotel last night and let those people eat in peace. I listened to her screeching voice today and President Obama should be proud to have her in his corner because she just garnered him 10's of thousands of additional votes for him. She spouted out short quips from other Presidents and told the world she wants to do away with Cooperate taxes completly and balance the loss of that little income by eliminating social welfare. That should go over real well with Seniors, the poor and people on Disability. President Obama is a really smart guy to get her to come out and speak as a TeaPublican.

    September 3, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    Let me get this straight. Sarah Palin would eliminate "ALL" cooperate taxes and to offset the loss revenue, she would also end "ALL" Social "WELFARE" programs. OK........... That should go over well with the older voting block and people on disability and the poor and especially those that have been layed off and are on unemployement. So that only leaves the well to do or uber rich to vote for her or any other TeaPublican. You Go Gurl. We had no idea that you were President Obama's secret weapon but you keep shooting off your mouth. You doing a fine job for the Presidents re-election campaign..

    September 3, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    NEWS FLASH.........Sarah Palin will announce that she will be running for the office of President in the 2012 election. She is presently set to release her statement on November 7 of 2012. OOOOOpppps that's the day after the election. OK That will do just fine.

    September 3, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Slightly Left of Center

    Is that a diamond on her earlobe, or a rock that fell out of her head?

    September 3, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Tam

    What has America come to? Stupidity, ignorance are praised. Be proud you got Cs and Ds in college - hey, you can be a President, too! And the voters are just like you. Wow. Gulp. HELP!

    September 3, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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