Palin to Start Bus Trip in Iowa During Peak Week for Republicans

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 07:30 PM

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin plans to drop in on Iowa this week as the 2012 Republican presidential field descends there in full force for a debate, state fair visits and straw poll.

“We are very happy to jump back on the bus for another leg of our ‘One Nation Tour,’” a notice on the website for Palin’s political action committee says. “We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week.”

The announcement didn’t say which day Palin will be in Iowa or name other stops the tour might make.

The fair is a popular stop for White House contenders in the state that will hold the nation’s first nomination contest next year. The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 6.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, has said she will announce later this month or next whether she intends to seek the White House. She is also scheduled to be in Iowa on Labor Day weekend to speak to a Tea Party gathering.

Her visit this week comes as eight Republican presidential candidates prepare to participate in a nationally televised debate tomorrow in Ames, Iowa. That event will be a prelude to the Aug. 13 Iowa Straw Poll, a state party fundraising event at Iowa State University in Ames that offers an early test of candidate popularity and organization.

Previous Trip

Palin, 47, rode a bus tour through the Northeast in late May and early June. The announcement for that trip came just as Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was scheduled to headline a Republican dinner in Iowa as a prelude to her presidential candidacy announcement on June 27.

The final leg of Palin’s tour took her to New Hampshire on June 2, the same day Republican Mitt Romney announced his presidential candidacy in the state that conducts the first nomination primary.

Palin also traveled to Iowa in late June to attend the premiere of “The Undefeated,” a documentary about her political career.

Also vying for attention later this week is another possible late entrant into the Republican race, Texas Governor Rick Perry. On the day of the straw poll, Perry plans to deliver speeches in South Carolina -- another early primary state -- and New Hampshire.

--Editors: Don Frederick,

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