Here in Iowa we practically trip over presidential candidates, it’s part of the state’s charm, if you love politics that is.  The closer to the caucus the better (or worse depending on your perspective) it gets.  Mike Huckabee has recently been in the state stumping for Bob Vander Plaats.  Last week possible contender Rick Santorum came to Iowa.  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is coming next month to headline the Republican Party of Iowa’s fundraising dinner called “Leadership for Iowa.”  Pawlenty seems to be positioning himself for a run in 2012:

Last week Pawlenty, who is not running for re-election next year, opened a national leadership political action committee and unveiled a team of national political advisers that suggest the Midwestern governor is eyeing a 2012 presidential bid.

Among those advisers are Iowans Sara Taylor and Terry Nelson, who were key advisers to President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

Pawlenty has also built up goodwill among some GOP activists in Iowa, where he campaigned for 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain, including before the leadoff nominating caucuses when the Arizona senator’s campaign teetered on financial collapse.

He wasn’t RPI’s first choice.  Chairman Matt Strawn had invited Sarah Palin originally for this dinner or any other event she’d like to have.  Essentially an open invitation to come to Iowa.  Politico reports that her spokesperson, Meg Stapleton said the timing was too difficult.

Palin adviser Meg Stapleton said the former governor is still interested in a visit to the Hawkeye State, but that they couldn’t fit the dinner in.

"With the Governor’s accelerated book schedule and other travel obligations, the timing was just too difficult to make a firm commitment,” Stapleton said, adding, “We look forward to another opportunity."

And I know that many of us would love to have her, as she was well received the last time she was here.  With her book, Going Rogue: An American Life coming out on November 17 it’s already #1 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It is already a best seller at Borders and in the top 50 for pre-orders (they don’t rank as far as I can tell).  That may incite (or quash) speculation about her intentions in 2012.  Regardless, I hope she’ll include Des Moines on a book signing tour.

  1. I don’t expect Sarah Palin to do anything the politically correct way. And that will grate on the establishment Republicans something fierce. I fully expect her to be a 2012 prez candidate with the GOP.

    I did not vote for the lefty RINO McCain in the Ohio primary but, instead, chose a Conservative who had already backed out of the running. And I was fully ready to vote third-party in the general election. But I voted for Palin for veep. It just so happened that McCain was unfortunately on the over-card.

    Palin runs for 2012 prez? She has my vote in the primaries here in Ohio.
    .-= John Hitchcock´s last blog ..Plagiarism Is BAAAAD But What Is It? =-.

  2. Shane, The really hard part for a true blue conservative coming into Iowa and Campain for President is that they have to bow-down (Remember Obama to the Saudi King?) to the Ethanol industry and the Farmers who produce the corn for Ethanol. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? Can you imagine Ronald Reagan saying that the ethanol subsidies to the Famers and the Ethanol industry ok. by him? If I’m wrong, educate me!

    If Pawlenty gets the 2012 GOP Nod, I feel that Obama would have much much more than a lock on a second term.

    I am a Graduate of Bethel College. I was the first Theatre Arts Senior with an Acting Recital.
    Bethel is so much Center/left now. It has it’s own Peace Garden now,.

    1. @M. Hovda, I don’t think ethanol is going to be as big an issue as you think. I think actually if Governor Palin decided to run she would have a real shot at winning the Caucus because of her libertarian conservative views. If the economy, health care, and government spending are still big issues in 2012 that would bode well for her.

      Also she plays well in Iowa, it’s worth noting that RPI invited her first. She also attracted a huge crowd when in Des Moines last. It’ll be interesting to see her do a caucus campaign which is expected to be high touch in Iowa (we’re spoiled) with her popularity. She’ll have to shake a lot of hands :).

      Regarding Bethel, I know they had some professors that went off the reservation (in my opinion), like Greg Boyd, but you think the school itself is? That doesn’t seem to be the direction of their denomination.

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