ABC News has confirmed that Sarah Palin will re-launch her “One Nation” bus tour in Iowa tomorrow, the same day that Republican presidential contenders will take the stage for a debate in Ames, Iowa.
A SarahPAC fundraising email obtained by ABC News details the former Alaska governor’s plans 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 writes in the email. “State fairs hold a special place in our nation's history and heritage, so my family is honored to highlight one of them on one stop along the One Nation Tour route – America's historic Iowa State Fair! (I'm also 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!’)”
A source with knowledge of the trip told ABC News that plans for an Iowa visit have been in place since at least Tuesday. As of this morning, only about four people besides Palin knew about the trip. The source also said that a handful of Iowa GOP members and elected officials were notified about the trip minutes before the SarahPAC email went out.
It’s not clear if Palin will hold an organized event or just shake hands and take photos during the SarahPAC trip, but Thursday is the day of the Fox News debate in Ames — as a paid Fox News contributor, her trip may be attached to that.
Palin’s “One Nation” tour came to a halt in early July after a week-long trip up the northeast coast from Washington, DC to New Hampshire – she rolled into the state the same day former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced his presidential bid there. At the end of that trip, she promised to re-launch the tour later this summer.
In a Fox News appearance last month, Palin set September as deadline for her to declare her 2012 intentions. Organize4Palin, an independent group of volunteers with a strong Iowa arm, has said multiple times that they’re ready to campaign for Palin if and when she decides to run for president.
This isn’t Palin’s only planned visit to the crucial election state. Late last month, she announced she’d give a keynote address at an Iowa tea party rally over Labor Day weekend.
Palin’s trip was first reported by CNN.