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Palin smacks ‘idiot reporter,’ denies reaching out to Iowa GOP
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is distancing herself from reports that she approached the Republican Party of Iowa to speak at the party’s fall fundraiser later this month. Political observers saw the move as a major sign that she is considering a run for president in 2012.
Palin went on Sean Hannity‘s radio show on Thursday to discuss how Republicans can take over both houses of Congress in the midterm elections. Halfway through their conversation, Hannity brought up the banner on the Drudge Report that read, “Look Who’s Going to Iowa!” and asked her if she had seen the report.
Here is the conversation that followed:
PALIN: No, I didn’t see it, no.
HANNITY: Oh, it’s a nice picture, but I mean, the basic report is your scheduled political trip to Iowa this month, and the way it is reported is [that] it marks a shift from ‘near silence in the lead-off presidential nominating state to the outreach common among White House prospects.’
And you’re gonna be speaking at their annual fall fundraiser on September 17.
PALIN: I am, and I was invited to, and I’ve been invited to for awhile — to get to Iowa for different events, and I haven’t been able to. I did see the headline on CQ Politics, and they’re way whacked, saying that I asked for an opportunity to speak in Iowa.
And to me, a headline like that and a story that went on ‘Sarah Palin pursued a speaking opportunity in Iowa to make a point’ — You idiot reporter. Why can’t you follow up with a fact like asking ‘Really, who did she ask?, who did she pursue’?
We’ve got so many e-mails from people in Iowa, asking us to get there, so it’s kind of an aside, but certainly evidence of how whacked reporters are today.
Too add to the mystery of Camp Palin, Glenn Beck announced Thursday that he will be going to Alaska next week for “vacation” and, adding nonchalantly, to meet up with Palin on Sept. 11. Beck is, in fact, headlining an event at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Explaining what they would be doing he said, “I’m gonna give a speech up there, and Sarah’s gonna give a speech, too, but that’s it.”
Next Saturday’s event marks the second in as many weeks where Palin and Beck have both spoken. Last Saturday, they headlined a rally in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was reported that almost 100,000 people were in attendance.