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Could Sarah Palin Get in the Race This Week? - Politics News - ABC News Radio

(WASHINGTON) — This is the week Sarah Palin will tell the world her intentions whether or not she’ll run for president in 2012 — or at least that’s what she indicated to ABC News’ Jake Tapper at the Iowa State Fair last month, telling him September was “practically speaking…kind of a drop-dead timeline” when it comes to “jumping in the ring.” With only five days left in the month, that means this week is the “drop-dead timeline,” right? Not exactly. Since her early August trip to Iowa, she’s backed off on her self-imposed date, but as the days, debates, and campaign events creep by and the state filing deadlines loom, the window may be closing.

Sarah Palin No Closer to Declaring 2012 Plans

(WASHINGTON) — Sarah Palin sought to dampen expectations Tuesday that she’s on the verge of announcing plans to run for president. Or perhaps, not run for president. The spotlight is intensifying on the former Alaska governor after one-time Bush White House advisor Karl Rove speculated last weekend that he was pretty certain Palin would declare her candidacy soon for the Republican presidential nomination. The most likely time to do it, Rove guessed, was during Palin’s upcoming keynote speech at a Tea Party conference in Iowa on Sept. 3.

Karl Rove Predicts Sarah Palin Will Run for President

Rove told Fox News, where’s he a regular political contributor, that Palin’s schedule in the coming days is more suited to someone running for office than the type of celebrity appearances she’s been making.

A major announcement could occur at a Sept. 3 Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa, where Palin is the keynote speaker.

Sarah Palin Blasts Mitt Romney, Debt-Ceiling Deal

"I’m gonna stick up for people who at this point are being called terrorists and being accused of waging jihad against our own country," she said. "Enough is enough and I’m not going to sit here and take it anymore."

She also chastised Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney for not voicing his stance on the debt-ceiling debate sooner.

"Bless his heart, I have respect for Mitt Romney, but I do not have respect for what he has done through this debt increase debate," she said. "He did this, he waited until it was a done deal that we would increase the debt ceiling and more money would be spent, more money would be borrowed and spent on bigger government, and then he came out and made a statement that he didn’t like the deal after all. You can’t defer an issue and assume that the problem is then going to be avoided."

"You’re inviting a crisis," she added. "Don’t just wait and sit back."

Today I re-read the open letter I wrote to Republican Freshman Members of Congress in November 2010, just days after they were ushered into office in an historic landslide victory due in large part to the activism of commonsense patriots who are considered part of the Tea Party movement. I respectfully ask these GOP Freshman to re-read this letter and remember us ‘little people’ who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes. This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this.

Sarah Palin writing on Facebook

Sarah Palin Urges GOP Freshmen to ‘Remember Us Little People’

Sarah Palin on Debt Debate: 'More Obama Drama'

(WASHINGTON) — Sarah Palin weighed in on the debt debate again on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show Tuesday night, calling President Obama’s handling of the situation “more Obama drama.”

“Scaring the American people is exactly what President Obama is doing in that bizarre speech he gave last night,” she said. “He’s getting pretty good at this fear-mongering.”

Palin characterized the Aug. 2 deadline as “looming, but it’s not Armageddon, it’s not life or death.”

Her solution to the problem?

“It’s the spending, stupid,” she said. “President Obama does not know what he is doing when we ask him to lead us out of this situation we’re facing with bankruptcy.”

The former Alaska governor stood by the Republican leadership, saying, “I do respect Speaker Boehner’s efforts in trying to negotiate with jello,” as Boehner characterized talks with President Obama almost two weeks ago.

Sarah Palin Documentary Debuts amidst Speculation-Fueled Frenzy

(PELLA, Iowa) — The new documentary about Sarah Palin has yet to debut, and already it’s caused more of a stir than most Hollywood summer blockbusters.

Ahead of Tuesday’s premiere of The Undefeated, reports swirled that the former Alaska governor and her aides were inviting prominent Republicans in the key Hawkeye State to meet with Palin after the screening at the Pella Opera House.  Those reports, originally circulated by the blog Politico, were shot down late Monday by Republican operatives and Palin’s political action committee.

A top Republican operative in Iowa told ABC News that “not only have I not heard from Gov. Palin regarding meetings, I am unaware of anyone who has been contacted regarding private meetings.”

In an interview, former Iowa GOP executive director and prominent conservative Chuck Laudner told Politico that a “Palin backer” contacted him about attending a mingling session after the film.  Palin is slated to attend a cookout near the Pella Opera House after Tuesday evening’s screening.

Politico posted the story under the headline “Sarah Palin team reaching out to Iowa activists for meetings.”

In an interview with ABC News on Monday afternoon, Laudner called the headline “a lie” adding, “I never indicated that.”

"I was on a general list for the gathering in the park," he said.  "I’m not going now, after all this."

Several other prominent GOP activists also told Real Clear Politics that they had not been contacted regarding potential sit-downs with Palin while she is visiting the important early nominating state.

A statement released by SarahPAC late Monday dismissed the Republican rendezvous reports, saying Palin “looks forward to spending time tomorrow with the people of Pella, Iowa and enjoying the premiere of Stephen K. Bannon’s new film, The Undefeated.”

A cinematic love letter of sorts, The Undefeated chronicles Palin’s life and rise through government, portraying her as a crusader against politics-as-usual, a true “maverick” as she and Sen. John McCain branded themselves in the 2008 election.

Palin Called 'Unengaged,' 'Frustrating' in Another New Documentary

(WASHINGTON) — While a cinematic love letter to Sarah Palin is set to debut in Iowa Tuesday night, a more critical film about the former Alaska governor is in the works. 

British filmmaker Nick Broomfield is shopping a documentary that examines Palin’s life and rise to prominence through interviews with her parents, friends and colleagues such as ex-legislative director John Bitney, ex-Senate president Lyda Green, ex brother-in-law Mike Wooten and others. 

In a preview clip from the film, Bitney and Green bemoan Palin’s habit of using her Blackberry during meetings.

“It was frustrating at times to set up a meeting with legislative leadership to talk about a piece of legislation or a bill or an issue or something that needed to be worked out, and the whole time, she would be doing this,” Bitney says, motioning his thumbs as if using a Blackberry. He adds that Palin was “just very unengaged in the conversation” and often, “she wasn’t listening.” 

Sarah Palin Film to Premiere in Iowa Next Week

(PELLA, Iowa) — The new documentary about Sarah Palin will premiere in Pella, Iowa, on Tuesday, the same day President Obama plans to visit the state, and a source close to the film told ABC News that Palin has been invited. The Undefeated chronicles Palin’s rise from small town mayor to Alaska governor to vice presidential candidate. Filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon told ABC News at a recent screening that he wanted to debut the film in Iowa’s iconic Field of Dreams, “but they just don’t do these things.”

Sarah Palin's Tour Stalls

(WASHINGTON) — For one week, Sarah Palin and her unmistakable bus took the Northeast by storm. Where are they now? At the tail end of her trip in New Hampshire early this month, the former Alaska governor/potential presidential candidate told ABC News that she planned to “get back out on the road” with her “One Nation Tour” after stopping in Alaska to “do some laundry” and “pick up a couple of the other kids.” She said she wanted to meet with policymakers in the key battleground states of Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. But since June 3, Palin has kept a low profile, appearing on television only twice and not giving any indication of when she’ll ramp up her tour again (let alone whether she’ll jump into the 2012 race).