WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has scheduled a trip to Iowa, stoking speculation she might join the presidential race.
Tea Party of America founder Ken Crow said Wednesday the 2008 vice presidential nominee was scheduled to speak at his group's Sept. 3 rally near Des Moines. Iowa holds the lead-off nominating caucuses, and Palin's Labor Day-weekend trip there comes as she weighs whether to mount a White House campaign.
"Gatherings like this of independent liberty-loving Americans from every walk of life exemplify our commitment to come together to seek solutions to the problems confronting our nation," Palin said in a statement released by the tea partyers. "We don't need a fundamental transformation of America. We need a restoration of all that is good and strong and free. The 2012 election will be a great debate between those two conflicting visions for our country."
Palin hasn't said whether she'll be part of that election as a candidate or a kingmaker. She has said she would decide on a campaign in late August or early September – right around the time of the rally at Hawkeye Antique Acres in Waukee, Iowa.
Earlier this year, Palin made headlines for a campaign-style bus tour from Washington to New England that started Memorial Day weekend. Her political action committee paid for that trip and it had all the trappings of a political announcement tour.
News of Palin's trip to Iowa was first reported by Real Clear Politics.