Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be making a stop in Iowa at the Iowa State Fair as part of her One Nation Tour, according to an e-mail issued to her supporters.
“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 e-mail said.
Palin is scheduled to appear at a Tea Party gathering during Labor Day weekend in Iowa and was not otherwise expected to appear in the state before that.
Many analysts say that Palin’s stop will likely take away attention from the GOP candidates at the much-important Ames straw poll and debate on Saturday and put the focus on her. Palin, who is still considering a run in the 2012 elections, and her aides will argue that is not why they are doing the tour, however.
Many analysts point to when Mitt Romney announced that he was running for President and Sarah Palin’s One Nation Tour also made a stop in New Hampshire, just a few towns away from where Romney was making his announcement. A day later, the local newspaper in New Hampshire gave Palin the front cover news story while reducing Romney to small tidbit on the right side of the page.
“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,” she wrote about why she is deciding to make a stop in Iowa.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is also scheduled to make an announcement this weekend possibly hinting at a Presidential run, too.