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July 27th, 2011

Sarah Palin To Attend Tea Party Event in Iowa On Labor Day Weekend

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 “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 for more information.

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Below is the press release from the Tea Party of America:


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 for more information.

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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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