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August 5th, 2012

Palin’s Surprise Iowa Visit

By Craig Robinson

Many words have been used to describe former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, but maybe the most appropriate is gracious.  Palin, along with husband Todd and daughters Willow and Piper, attend Bruce Rastetter’s annual summer party on Saturday night at his rural north-central Iowa home.

Rastetter extended an invitation to the Palin’s months ago through Republican activist Becky Beach.  The former Republican Vice President nominee RSVPed earlier this week.  Palin mingled with guests for more than three and a half hours on Saturday night, taking time to shake hands and pose for photographs with anyone who wanted one.  She didn’t make remarks, but was mentioned from the stage by Bob Quinn, the host of WHO Radio’s “Big Show.”

Rastetter’s summer party is an annual event that draws hundreds of his friends, business associates, and plenty of Republican elected officials.  Last year, three different presidential candidates mingled with guests.  This year besides Palin, Governor Branstad, Senator Grassley, and Congressman King and Latham were all in attendance.

In a Fox News interview this week Palin said that she would be visiting Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.  While Palin didn’t do any campaigning in Iowa, she did campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman in Missouri and made a stop in Nebraska in support of U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer.

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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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