Sarah Palin’s expected visit to Iowa on Tuesday further fuels the speculation of her aspirations for the presidency. Palin, however, is not in Iowa to make the usual political appearances that are typical of candidates before the primary.
Instead, she is in Pella, Iowa, to attend the premiere of the documentary by Stephen K. Bannon entitled, “The Undefeated.” This film is expected to paint her in a positive light. It traces her beginnings as a worker on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska that she co-owns with her husband, Todd Palin, to her rise as governor, reports Reuters.
Bannon told Reuters that the film shows her taking on vested interests. “She’s not part of any social or cultural or political elite,” says Bannon, as quoted by Reuters. more >>
Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is in a virtual dead-heat with Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination. Today, she made her campaign official by announcing in her childhood home of Waterloo, Iowa.
Bachmann had announced her exploratory plans on-stage during the first Republican debate, first capturing the attention of millions of voters interested seeking to engage in the infancy of the campaign. Since then, she has remained front and center, even as some of her colleagues have announced and taken bold stands on major policy positions.
“We can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama,” Bachmann said in her prepared remarks. more >>
Bristol Palin reveals in her memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, that she lost her virginity while drunk. She also talks about her experiences during the 2008 campaign trail.
The 20-year-old single mother wrote on the night she conceived, “I didn’t know that girl flavored wine coolers were just as likely to get you drunk as the hard stuff” while she was on a camping trip with then boyfriend Levi Johnston.
Before the incident, she vowed to wait until marriage but with no memories of what happened, she got pregnant regardless of being on birth control pills to treat cramps. more >>
The nation’s recent economic recession has sent the stock market in unpredictable directions, making it difficult to know if an individual stock will rise or fall on any given day.
But right now, Michele Bachmann’s stock is heading north with no end in sight.
The Minnesota Congresswoman has become a darling of Tea Party activists and serves as the chair of the Tea Party’s congressional caucus. It also doesn’t hurt she is originally from Iowa. The only thing lacking is her ability to claim she spent summers in New Hampshire and divided her winter months between South Carolina and Florida. more >>
The Republican Leadership Conference, formally known as the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, is underway in New Orleans and several Republican presidential hopefuls are making time in their schedules to appeal to southern conservatives.
The straw poll conducted during the conference is nowhere close to being scientific. However, it does provide candidates a source of bragging rights if they win or place well.
Conference Director Charlie Davis says the final day’s straw poll is extremely important. “This conference is more like a mini national convention. It brings together core GOP donors and key activists from around the country,” Davis told Fox News. more >>
A Rasmussen Reports survey of likely Republican primary voters asked if it would be good, or bad, for Republicans if former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas Governor Rick Perry, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani entered the presidential race.
A plurality of respondents, 45 percent, said it would be bad for Republicans if Palin entered the race, while 36 percent said it would be good for Republicans. The same percentage favored Perry entering the race, but only 21 percent thought a Perry candidacy would be bad for Republicans.
Though he claimed no interest for months, some close to Perry have acknowledged that he is now reconsidering and may enter the race. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas and is expected to do well among social conservatives and Southerners. more >>