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October 30th, 2009

Sarah Palin Will Not Attend IFPC Event in Iowa

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Written by: Craig Robinson

Palin in has learned that Sarah Palin will not be coming to Iowa to headline an event for the Iowa Family Policy Center. Plain would have liked to have attended the event, but her schedule precluded it from happening.

If Palin had attended, she would have sold a lot of books, gained a ton of publicity, and cemented herself as a top contender for the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Now after building anticipation of a Biden vs. Palin showdown along the banks of the Des Moines River, the Iowa Family Policy Center must find a new top-line speaker for its event. The void that Palin’s absence creates could provide an opportunity for another presidential hopeful to fill in.

As for Palin, the drama that seems to follow her around continues. While she is loved by the base of the Republican Party, she is loathed by the media. By not being able to make the IFPC event work, Palin has missed out on a tremendous opportunity in Iowa. In politics, timing is everything.

Everything seemed to line up for Palin and IFPC, but that kind of opportunity doesn’t happen every day. She will now have to find new opportunities to introduce herself to Republican caucus goers in the state should she decide to run. Likely, many potential caucus goers would have came to see her in Des Moines. Now, she will have to travel around the state like everyone else.


Below is the IFPC Press Release

10/30/09 Pleasant Hill, IA – Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION received word this morning that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to accept our speaking invitation due to her book tour contractual commitments, which cannot be changed.

We extended our invitation knowing she would be in the middle of her book tour and the chances of her being able to accept any invitations were extremely slim.

She has asked if she could speak at a future mutually agreeable date. She will not accept any fees for her appearance.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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