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. CNN watcher

    Democrats are begging you to run, Sarah. Please do!

    September 2, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. A Real Patriot

    P.T. Barnum's got nothin' on her......

    September 2, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Aaron

    The men in white jackets could have gotten a good haul from that bunch.

    September 2, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Paul2012

    She's a quitter!!!! Who wants a quitter in the White House?

    September 2, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. Terry TX

    These people are hopeless fools. It just blows the mind to think that such a total dimwit could have a following of any kind.

    September 2, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Letscheck

    See you in NH Sarah.

    There will be another gathering of supporters from the east coast.

    September 2, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Scott

    I pray that Gov Palin runs!!! She is what we need!!!

    September 2, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. Scott

    funny it says... Comments are not pre-screened before they post, however I posted and it says waiting moderation. Hey that`s great, but I think there is a conflict between the 2 statements...just saying

    September 2, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. stevetall

    Big speach?!? You're kidding, right? Nothing "big" has come out of Palin's mouth, ever. It's a pathetic state of affairs when this type of individual is allowed to have her random thoughts of intolerance and hate broadcast around this great country. If it were possible, our founding fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew that this is what now passes for politics in America. Now, I have to go toss my cookies.

    September 2, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Yep

    All two of 'em...

    September 3, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. Thomas

    Why are these folks so determined to elect a woman with a history of abandoning her constituents? She'll milk them for votes until she gets bored and then she'll quit...again.

    September 3, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Dee

    You "betcha" Snookie Palin of Alaska Shore is popular and just keeping her fans on the edge of their seats wondering is she or isn't she?

    September 3, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. sks

    I live in Des moines, Iowa n won't be eating at Machine Shed restaurant again.

    September 3, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    And that wonderful, well received, high grossing MOVIE? Hey Sarah! SARAH PALIN!! How's that MOVIE thing going? You know: 'Undefeated'? Let me help you out: defeated, exiled, and left for dead. Your POTUS delusions are next.

    September 3, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  15. chrisg510

    Palin to supporters: Give me lots and lots of money and I will string you along and give you all the hate, lies and vitriol your little hearts can handle.

    September 3, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  16. Sam

    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.”

    But she doesn't take part in debates.

    September 3, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  17. barry

    Not a big Palin supporter but would vote for her over President Obama. We have to make a change in 2012. Our country is continuing in it's downward spiral. The President's policies are not working. He's a great guy but not a good President.

    September 3, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  18. maria

    if she runs ibelieve she will win nomonation the general also ?????? realy then what is keeping caroubou moose palin from jumping in if she is as gutsy as you tea baggers say hay sarah bring it on gal. admit it you have no intensions of running for pres. very hard job. we need afull timer lady not a quitter sarah palin. mony 2 good 2 run huh ??????? a bunch of free loaders all your kind. be a women of power mouth and jump in lets c what quitter from alaska can do. didnt you say pres, obama didnt have the cohonnes to lead. well sarah bring it on. all you running 4 u is ur big lieing mouth. i dont care for aresponse cuz i your kind of people and how ram their awful mouths also. sarah poo go back 2 your carabou state and kill innocent wolfs. you r so inhumane. bye aint stiking 4 no response if any. chow.....

    September 3, 2011 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  19. Shadysider

    She will make no decisions. She's trolling all of us.

    September 3, 2011 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  20. Founders1791

    Way cool.......knock 'em dead girl!

    She gets my vote and financial support........YOU BETCHA IN 2012!

    September 3, 2011 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  21. thomas

    California attorney who has spent months in Iowa making contacts and building ... The attorney, Peter Singleton,

    Who is Peter Singelton , what law firm did he work for in Menlo Park , Ca ?

    What type of Law ?

    September 3, 2011 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  22. Johnny

    I don't understand what people see in this women. She's a complete fool and ugly to boot.

    September 3, 2011 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  23. ahetch

    palin is insignificant.

    September 3, 2011 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  24. ptown

    who cares!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |

    Snooki Palin is going after Bachmann's money and media attention. Wingnut heads are exploding nationwide.

    September 3, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
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