May 26, 2011 25 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will begin a nationwide bus tour on Sunday. The tour is expected to last several weeks and travel to key early primary states.
John Ziegler, a conservative filmmaker and activist close to Palin, said he believes the ex-governor is closer to a run now than she’s ever been.
“I have felt for a while that she is probably running and its seems more clear than ever that she is,” said Ziegler, who interviewed Palin for a different film, “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.”
Wall Street Journal:
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Sunday will launch a tour of the East Coast, including a stop in the politically important state of New Hampshire, a development likely to roil the Republican presidential nominating contest.
The former Alaska governor’s political action committee, SarahPAC, announced Thursday that Ms. Palin would tour “historical sites that were key to the formation, survival and growth of the United States of America. The tour will originate in Washington, D.C., and will proceed north up the East Coast.”
Ms. Palin will appear Monday at the annual Memorial Day “Rolling Thunder” event on the National Mall, a gathering of motorcycle riding veterans.
Her aides wouldn’t detail other stops on the tour but said it would include New Hampshire, site of the nation’s first presidential primary election, fueling speculation that she is preparing to run for president.
Whatever her ultimate plans, Ms. Palin’s re-emergence into the spotlight will affect the race for the Republican nomination, GOP strategists say. The tour could garner wide press attention just as Republican presidential hopefuls are trying to generate enthusiasm for their own candidacies.
Ms. Palin’s revived public presence could splinter support among tea party-affiliated conservatives, who were already divided. Her flirtation with a run could also prompt undecided Republican donors and party elders to hold back on aligning with any candidate as they wait for the field to settle.
“She’s a threat to everyone,” said Fergus Cullen, a former Republican Party chairman in New Hampshire.
The tour announcement is the latest of several moves by Ms. Palin that has whipped up speculation about her political plans.
In recent days, she and her husband, Todd Palin, purchased a $1.7 million house in Scottsdale, Ariz., giving her a base of operation in the lower 48 states.
She also rehired two logistics aides, Jason Recher and Doug McMarlin, that she had dismissed, a Palin aide said Wednesday. In addition, a full-length feature film focused largely on her time as governor is in the final stages of editing by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon.
The film is set for release in June, with a debut screening in Iowa, the first state to vote in the nominating contest.
Starting this weekend, Sarah Palin will embark on a One Nation Tour of historical sites that were key to the formation, survival, and growth of the United States of America. The tour will originate in Washington DC and will proceed north up the east coast. More information will follow.
Restoring the Good in America!
Our nation is at a critical turning point. As we look to the future, we are propelled by America’s past. It’s imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward. A good way to do this is to appreciate the significance of our nation’s historic sites, patriotic events and diverse cultures, which we’ll do in the coming weeks on our “One Nation” tour.
We’ll celebrate the good things that bring Americans together; those things that will give us the needed strength to meet the heady challenges ahead. I’ve said many times that America doesn’t need a “fundamental transformation,” instead we need a restoration of all that is good and strong and free in America! So, together let’s prepare ourselves for the days ahead by reminding ourselves who we are and what Americans stand for.
We’ll celebrate the meaning of our nation’s blueprints, our Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, which are the threads that weave our past into the fabric necessary for the survival of American exceptionalism. Our founders declared “we were born the heirs of freedom”, and despite our difficulties and disagreements, we remain one nation under God in freedom, indivisible. Through visits to historical sites and patriotic events, we’ll share the importance of America’s foundation.
We encourage you to support the pro-America events we’ll be privileged to participate in during these coming weeks. Discover the ties that bind Americans, our history, our traditions, and the exceptional nature of our country!
Follow the One Nation tour at www.sarahPAC.com