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September 4, 2011

Feisty Sarah Palin, Mum on 2012 bid, Promotes Plan for Change

4 September 2011

By Jennifer Jacobs

The Des Moines Reigers

INDIANOLA, IA – Without declaring a bid for the White House, a feisty Sarah Palin on Saturday disparaged the current GOP presidential candidates and made the case for her own plan to change America, saying it starts with knocking down crony capitalism.

Although 71 percent of Republicans in a recent Fox News survey said she shouldn’t run for president, Palin laughed off polls in general, saying, “they’re for strippers and cross-country skiers.”

At a rope line after her 40-minute speech at the Tea Party of America rally here, she shrugged when asked whether late September is still her timeline for deciding whether to make a presidential bid.

“I’m still not ready to make any kind of an announcement,” Palin told The Des Moines Register as she signed autographs, including a handgun a tea party advocate told her was for an NRA benefit. “I’m still trying to figure it out, if it’s the right thing to do.”

Palin didn’t criticize any GOP candidates by name, but lumped them with the “permanent political class,” called their campaign proposals vague and warned tea party activists to keep tabs on what they owe their big-dollar campaign donors.

“The challenge is not simply to replace Obama in 2012,” she told a crowd of about 2,000 people willing to sit in wet lawn chairs in on-and-off rain, “but the real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. Because it’s not enough …”

That’s when the audience of like-minded conservatives began to yell “Sar-ah! Sar-ah!” Without answering the question inherent in their chant, she pushed on: “Folks, you know that it’s not enough to just change up the uniform … if we don’t change the game plan.”

It was the third trip to Iowa this year for the Alaska governor-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-conservative-icon. And she had Iowa all to herself. Most other GOP candidates this Labor Day weekend are courting South Carolina and New Hampshire before a big political week that includes a Republican debate, President Barack Obama’s jobs speech, presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s attempt to pre-empt Obama with his own jobs plan, and Congress’ return to Washington after a break.

Palin slipped easily into the role of the voice of a movement that feels chained down by taxes, the federal deficit and an out-of-control government.

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