MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sarah Palin sang the praises of the tea party today, but instead of detailing her “plan,” as she did in Iowa on Saturday, she broadened her message to encompass conservative candidates and the tea party at large.
As in Iowa, she did not detail if or when she’ll announce her 2012 intentions. Palin previously said that the end of September would be her “drop dead” deadline to enter the presidential race.
“It’s time now to grow the tea party movement,” she told the crowd of approximately 500 people in Manchester’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. “The tea party movement is bigger than any one person,” she added. “It’s bigger than any single candidate.”
The former Alaska governor commended the tea party’s influence on the existing Republican field. “You’re converting them over,” she told the crowd. “I’m encouraged seeing different candidates, different campaigns represented here.” Indeed, supporters of Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Buddy Roemer mingled among Palin’s fans.
Palin echoed the populist message she put forth at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, Saturday, referencing President Obama’s “crony capitalism” and bemoaning Washington’s “permanent political class.”
“We will continue to fight for what is right,” she said. “It’s tea party Americans who are making the change that is needed.”
Twice during her 30 minute speech, Palin was drowned out by cries of “Run, Sarah, run!” She offered no indication of whether the crowd swayed her with her response. “I appreciate your encouragement,” she said with a smile, “I do.”