Politics

Sarah Palin Mystery Bus Tour; Prelude to Presidential Run?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Sarah Palin will spend this Memorial Day weekend on a mysterious bus tour along the East coast that has political watchers speculating she will soon announce her candidacy for president.

According to the New York Daily News, the "One Nation" bus tour is "shrouded in secrecy." All her political action committee will say is that the tour will start in Washington, D.C. and head North through New England to "educate and energize Americans about our nation's founding principles."

The tour will begin at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally at the Pentagon, which is designed to bring attention to Americans who have fought in wars. Director Ted Shpak said Palin is welcome to attend, but he didn't invite her.

"We're not political. This is not a political event. Maybe she's coming because she knows we have half a million people coming," Shpak told MSNBC. "We're not endorsing anybody and she's not speaking on our stage."

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There are signs both for and against a Palin run. The News said she has scheduled several public appearances and has rehired two former aides, in addition to recently saying that she has "the fire in my belly" to run in 2012. A new Gallup poll shows her just two points behind frontrunner Mitt Romney.

However skeptics point out that she hasn't formed a presidential exploratory committee, and unlike other candidates and possible candidates, hasn't made the traditional pilgrimages to New Hampshire and Iowa.

Also, Fox News is still using her as a paid contributor.

"We are not changing Sarah Palin's status," Fox News executive Bill Shine told the News.

In contrast, Fox suspended the contracts of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum in March until they decided on whether to run. Gingrich ultimately did -- Santorum has yet to decide.