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. Danny Spencer

    Funny thought with the MY GOP want to get rid of Social Security do they want us to put it in the hands of one of their Bernie Madoff type? – Hey Sarah Palin - I am still waiting for one of them there Death Panel Jobs YOU promised, or was that just another LIE... GIVE MY MY GOP BACK.

    September 3, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Vern

    Is she getting fat? She is!!! too much "campaign" food. The stress she is putting on herself most likely has her adrenal gland working over time as well, which is a cause for the heavy eye makeup to hide the shopping bags under her eyes. Just a few small observations.

    September 3, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Kevin

    I live in NJ and have never been to the Midwest or Central states and have never met a diehard Palin fan. I wonder what meeting one is like.

    September 3, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. works4me

    better referred to as Palenites. Who would have thought in 2007 that this seed would have grown to such a weed. Never needs watering with the "dozens" of supporters surrounding her as she spews the very fertilizer she creates.

    September 3, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |

    Yes, RUN SARAH RUN! I have you in my office pool (which is now over 15,000 dollars) and drew the number -49 (minus 49 = how many states you will lose), so, for me to have a chance, you must , must, MUST, run.

    September 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Rainbowsforever

    I bet she felt like a real celebrity!

    September 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Ron

    Yeah, right. They should have told the truth: "Please send us your hard earned dollars so that we can continue to live the life of luxury while pretending to be politically important?"

    September 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. max

    She is the dumbest person to ever be considered to be a possible presidential candidate. Followed closely by Rick Perry

    September 3, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Henry

    Losers. All of them.

    September 3, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Dave

    Please run!

    September 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. terrbear

    Oh please! Do we really need a quiter as our President.

    September 3, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. geg

    me thinks even the wealthy the people that put profit before country[out source jobs] are bigining to realise the monsters they created

    September 3, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. mommytwice

    Yes, Please run, Sarah! You and Ms. Bachmann will provide the entertainment needed for all Americans.

    September 3, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. David

    Her supporters are complete idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. judy johnson

    run palin run....and pls. do not come back.

    September 3, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. LDrider

    It is beyond my comprehension to understand why anyone one of sound mind thinks Palin is qualified to run for any government office. She quit the Alaskian Governorship after 2 years and left Alaska in a absolute mess. She is simply a enterainer using politics as her stage. The only thing she is actually smart about is taking a lot of money from people who mindlessly support her.

    September 3, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. jack

    I too, wish that she would run-as far away as possible! It is just beyond belief that this person, who is so naive about everything, not only thinks that she is qualified to be POTUS but theres actually other people who think the same! She, Bachman and Perry are perfect examples of the dumbing down of the U.S. How sad for the rest of us.

    September 3, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Lourie

    Die-hard.. Die soft.. I don't really care as long as they die.

    September 3, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. DrJStrangepork

    She won't run unless she is guaranteed to win. Since that will not be the case, she will wait until one person is the clear front-runner and she will say "I back that person." Then that person will win the nomination for R's and she'll say "I picked it." Then the general election... If R's take it she'll say "I picked it", if D's keep it she'll say "That the R's candidate let it happen" (aka not her fault). She doesn't take risks anymore after looking like a doofus on Nat'l TV in '07-'08.

    September 3, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Biff Omney

    I agree that Palin's biggest fan is the CNN "Political Ticker". Also, how many times does Political Ticker use the expression "turns heads" and "raises eyebrows"? It's awful.

    September 3, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Carol Wolfendale

    These people are dillusional. All she wants is the attention of her followers and the news media. If only the news people would just ignore this woman and pay attention to the real problems in the country. The disasters that have hit the states , the massive unemplyment, etc..

    September 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Kip Sikes

    I wonder when Palin will remember she has a special-needs child.

    September 3, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. MAngeline

    She may still have diehard fans...but not enough of them to get her elected Mayor in a small town in AK these days. Her popularity is more the celebrity factor. She has neither the skills nor the intelligence to run this country. Couldn't even deal with her sparsely settled home state of AK for a full term as Governor. Hate to see I agree with Karl Rove on something, but she is too thin skinned for national office. And her idea of a policy statement is a tweet! I'll be anxious to see how she is greeted in New Hampshire this weekend. We New Englanders like our politicians to be smart. We don't care if they have a perky smile or good legs. John Sununu was not handsome, neither was Tip O'Neill–but both were smart.

    September 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Dan in FL

    Please stop covering Sarah Palin! She is not going to run for President and is just stringing her followers along to make money. She doesn't offer practical solutions, just criticism and shallow concepts. Calling her a conservative is an insult to those of us who are conservatives.

    September 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. TEA PARTY Mike

    I don't think Palin is ever going to announce one way or the other. She is just playing with the press, getting them to spend all kinds of money chasing her around for an announcement she will never make.

    September 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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