In June, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin dipped her toes into Iowa’s political waters when she visited Pella for the debut of “The Undefeated,” a documentary about her rapid rise in American politics. Now Palin is set to return to Iowa on September 3rd to headline the Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” rally.
Palin’s previous visit to Iowa came on the heels of Michele Bachmann’s official entrance into the presidential race. By returning to Iowa in September, Palin will not just be dipping her toes into Iowa’s presidential waters, she’s basically jumping right in. Earlier this month, Palin told Sean Hannity that August or September might be the right time to launch a presidential campaign. Palin’s visit will also coincide with the pay-per-view release of the “The Undefeated” documentary across the county.
Announcing her candidacy during a Tea Party event in Iowa seems like the perfect setting for Palin if she is actually going to run in 2012. The event will focus on rallying people to take action in what may very well be the most pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Having fought corruption and the political machine in Alaska, Palin can not only can talk the talk about doing what is in the best interest of the people, but she has walked the walk in her life and political career.
Coming to Iowa in early September also makes a lot of political sense. By the time Palin arrives in Iowa on September 3rd, the dust will have settled from the Ames Straw Poll. It is certain that the field of candidates we know today will be transformed. Candidates that don’t perform well could be out of the race, while others, like Rick Perry, may be officially in. Palin’s visit could mark the opening of the second act in Iowa caucus campaigns.
Charlie Gruschow, a co-founder of the Tea Party of America and one of the state’s most recognized Tea Party leaders is excited that Governor Palin is attending the event. “It’s huge, I don’t have any other way to describe it,” Gruschow told TheIowaRepublican.com. “We were looking for someone who is respected and admired by Tea Party activists, and Governor Palin has shown a willingness to stand for the issues and principles that the Tea Party was founded on.”
When asked if Palin’s visit to Iowa might lead to her making an announcement that she is running for president, Gruschow said, “I don’t know, but there is a lot of talk that she may announce in August or September. If she did run, she would put a lot of energy into the campaign.”
We will likely have to wait until she takes the stage in rural Waukee to know what her intentions are. The event will be held at Hawkeye Antique Acres in Waukee, Iowa, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Parking for the event is $3.00, and entrance fee is free. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food/drink will be available for purchase. Visit www.teapartyofamerica.org for more information.
Photo by Dave Dividson, Prezography.com
Below is the press release from the Tea Party of America:
TEA PARTY OF AMERICA
Ken Crow -Founder FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charlie Gruschow – Co-Founder
Susan Geddes – Event Coordinator
07-26-2011. Des Moines, Iowa. – Tea Party of America is pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin will be the Keynote Speaker at our upcoming “Restoring America” event on Saturday, September 3, 2011.
The “Restoring America” event will focus on what’s at stake at this pivotal moment in our nation’s history and how concerned “grassroots” – We the People – can have a dramatic effect on our nation’s future. The event will also include various speakers on patriotic subjects and honorable recognition of our men and women in the military.
“I’m very excited to join grassroots Iowans at the ‘Restoring America’ event over Labor Day Weekend,” Governor Palin said. “Gatherings like this of independent liberty-loving Americans from every walk of life exemplify our commitment to come together to seek solutions to the problems confronting our nation. As I’ve said many times, including at Pella during my last visit to Iowa: We don’t need a ‘fundamental transformation’ of America. We need a restoration of all that is good and strong and free. The 2012 election will be a great debate between those two conflicting visions for our country.”
“Governor Palin embodies the spirit of public service that our founders believed was essential to the survival of our liberties and our republic itself,” said Charlie Gruschow, Co-Founder of Tea Party of America. “We couldn’t be more delighted to have this citizen leader who represents the values that Iowans and Americans hold so dear headline our event on September 3.”
The Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” event will be held at Hawkeye Antique Acres in Waukee, Iowa from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Parking for the event is $3.00, entrance fee-free. Please bring your lawn chairs. Food/drink will be available to purchase. Visit our website at www.teapartyofamerica.org for more information.
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