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Former governor Sarah Palin continues to stoke the fires of speculation on her possible presidential bid. She reported that she will attend the Iowa State Fair this week, fueling the ‘will Palin run?’ ongoing debate.
Palin is believed to attend the fair on Friday, though a specific date has not been set. She is bringing her “One Nation” bus tour to Iowa, although she is not scheduled to speak at the fair. All the other Republican presidential candidates will debate on Thursday night in Iowa and then participate in the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday. Many are scheduled speakers at the state fair, including likely front runner Mitt Romney.
“We are very happy to jump back on the bus for another leg of our ‘One Nation Tour’! We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week. The heartland is perfect territory for more of the One Nation Tour as we put forth efforts to revitalize the fundamental restoration of America by highlighting our nation’s heart, history, and founding principles,” Palin wrote in an email to supporters.
In her e-mail, Palin said “prudent Americans” live within their means, including “seeking affordable participation in more community events, local patriotic parades, and traditional all-American venues like state fairs.” She went to say she was “excited to try some of that famous fried butter-on-a-stick, fried cheesecake-on-a-stick, fried twinkies, etc.”
“I’ll enjoy them in honor of those who’d rather make us just ‘eat our peas’!” she said, in a dig at President Obama.
By attending the event, Palin is conveniently ensuring that her name will be in the news this weekend. Texas governor Rick Perry is also closer to announcing his decision. Although he will not be attending the debate, he will be in Iowa on Sunday after trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Palin, who stated she still has not made a decision regarding her political future, is scheduled to return to Iowa over Labor Day weekend. She has indicated she would make a decision by September.
Palin also released a new video on her political action committee’s web site on Wednesday. Palin narrates the 55-second film, titled “Always Proud,” which features footage of corn fields and the Iowa State Fair set to an inspirational soundtrack. “A writer observed, we grow good people in our small towns with honesty and sincerity and dignity,” Palin says in the video.
“And I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind. I grew up with those people. They’re the ones who do some of the hardest work in America, who grow our food and run our factories and fight our wars. They love our country in good times and bad — and they’re always proud of America.”