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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 31: Sarah Palin PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 31: Sarah Palin's tour bus leaves the Liberty Bell Center during her "One Nation" bus tour May 31, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Palin is visiting American landmarks during the tour, although she is not informing the media as to where she is going, prompting many media outlets to follow her bus from place to place. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)  

Palin’s Iowa bus tour to compete for coverage with Ames Straw Poll

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

As Republican presidential candidates converge on Iowa for Thursday’s debate and Saturday’s straw poll, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has not been content to sit on the sidelines and watch from north of the 61st parallel.

No, this weekend Palin will be hopping aboard her “One Nation” bus and heading to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines — what many news outlets are describing as “crashing” the presidential straw poll. (RELATED: Sarah Palin to resume bus tour Friday at Iowa fair)

“We are very happy to jump back on the bus for another leg of our ‘One Nation Tour’! We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week,” Palin wrote Wednesday in an email to supporters. “The heartland is perfect territory for more of the One Nation Tour as we put forth efforts to revitalize the fundamental restoration of America by highlighting our nation’s heart, history, and founding principles.”

On Wednesday SarahPAC, Palin’s political action committee, released a new video explaining the tour. While the YouTube video provides no specifics, it has fueled speculation that Palin’s bus will travel throughout the Midwest.

“A writer observed [that] we grow good people in our small towns with honesty and sincerity and dignity,” Palin says in the video, “and I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind.”

“I grew up with those people,” she continues. “They’re the ones who do some of the hardest work in America, who grow our food and run our factories and fight our wars. They love their country in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.”

This is not the first time Palin has moved in on presidential candidates’ territory: In June she overshadowed Mitt Romney’s presidential announcement in New Hampshire when she drove her bus through the Granite State on the same day.

Palin appeared in Iowa in late June to attend a premiere of the film “The Undefeated.” She is scheduled to return to the state over the Labor Day weekend to speak at a tea party event.

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  • Skeet_TM

    Hey look at me!  I’m back on the bus!  I won’t answer any questions or take part in debates. I won’t even tell you if I’m running for president but LOOK AT ME! I’m going to the Fair!

  • Lstorie3

    If she gets the nomination, I’ll take $50 bets with anyone that she loses. We each deposit the money into a paypal account and winner gets the money. 

  • Cats

    It’s a free country and , like you, she can comment anywhere she wants.  Whether or not she has a “full life” is none of your damn business.  You don’t like this place or C4P, don’t go there.  Stop being an idiot. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care what anyone says about Sarah Palin. At the very least she is an amusing thorn in the side of the Left.

    Those same people who call her an attention whore and other derogatory names line up whenever she puts her shoes on so they can be the first to report whether she went left-right, right-left, straps or laces.  All she has to do is say, “I’m going out now,” and they wet their pants and fall all over each other just to catch a glimpse.

    That Sarah Palin plays the press like her favorite fiddle and they keep coming back for more!

  • Anonymous

    Palin loves America, and it’s people. Cool. So do I. But that doesn’t mean I’m qualified to run this country. So far I’m nowhere near convinced Palin is qualified to be anything close to a President. (My thoughts about her went out the window when she couldn’t even recall an extremely important part of america’s history. Granted I don’t know much myself but you would think if you’re running for president you would know all about this great countries history.) If she was in Obama’s position, we’d be in a much worse situation than we are now. Now while this is my opinion, you Palin supporters don’t have to act like such children and call me or other posters names.
     I believe Ron Paul makes the most sense out of anyone I have ever heard, because he addresses the countries issues straight up and solid, and doesn’t spew out the same old crap every other politician sáys. That’s what I’m looking for, but unfortunately, everything we see is all smoke and mirrors until it’s done. We’ll see.

  • Anonymous

    My lord people get so bent out of shape about Palin, it’s sort of crazy reading some of these posts. If you don’t like her, then don’t vote for her, but at least understand her before you go to the polls. She loves this country. I’m going to vote for her. I don’t have any bad feelings toward any of the other candidates I just don’t believe them like I do her. They are politicians while she’s one of us.

  • Wake up America

    Palin is a true American and the ” let’s change American” bunch can’t stand her. The ” give me, give me, rich are bad people” bunch will go after her because to them she is their spoiler. They are the bunch that fell for the ” Obama is a billiant man”, and Palin is an idiot Soros media These are the bunch of people we have to fear more then even Obama. Obama Plays to those Americans and hopes that they stay stupid and judging by some of the comments here, he has nothing to worry about. Stupid once, stupid always!