DES MOINES — It’s official. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be coming to Iowa next month to pump up Republicans and raise money for GOP candidates heading into the fall campaign.
Matt Strawn, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, announced Tuesday that the former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate will be the party’s special guest at the upcoming Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom event to be held Sept. 17.
Strawn said the time and location of the Friday evening event will be announced later. Tickets for the Iowa GOP’s Reagan Dinner are $100 each, or $1,000 for a table of eight, he said.
While Palin is popular among Iowans, Strawn said, the current economy is challenging for many Iowa families who may wish to attend. That is why the Iowa GOP is offering Iowans an opportunity to volunteer through any of its 10 statewide Victory Centers in exchange for a ticket to the Reagan dinner, he said.
Palin last made a brief stop in Sioux City in December 2009 as part of a book-signing tour and has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate in 2012 after making an unsuccessful bid in 2008 as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate.
Meanwhile, another possible GOP presidential contender in 2012, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be back in Iowa next week to deliver an address at a Team Iowa PAC luncheon at the Jack Trice Club on Sept. 9 in Ames. The luncheon is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., organizers said.
“We are honored to have Speaker Gingrich come to Iowa to help our PAC have the funds necessary to elect our slate of outstanding conservative candidates,” said Team Iowa PAC chairman Nick Ryan.
Gingrich was the architect of the Contract with America, which led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. He also has published 21 books.
Here’s the full news release on Palin’s visit from the Republican Party:
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today announced Governor Sarah Palin will be the party’s special guest at the upcoming Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom.
“The Iowa GOP is pleased that Gov. Palin is traveling to Iowa to join the battle to return principled, conservative leadership to Iowa,” said Chairman Strawn. “Our economic and personal freedoms are under attack in Washington, DC and Des Moines. I know Iowa Republicans will be energized and motivated by Gov. Palin to stand up and fight for these principles all the way to Election Day and beyond.”
The Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom will take place the evening of Friday, September 17 in Des Moines. The exact time and location will be announced closer to the event. Tickets for the Reagan Dinner are $100 each, or $1,000 for a table of eight.
Strawn noted that while the former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee is popular among Iowans, the current economy is challenging for many Iowa families who may wish to attend. That is why the Iowa GOP is offering Iowans an opportunity to volunteer through any of its ten statewide Victory Centers in exchange for a ticket to the Ronald Reagan “Salute to Freedom” Dinner. For additional details regarding volunteer opportunities, Iowans should contact their local Iowa GOP Victory Center in: Ames, Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Urbandale.
Tickets can be reserved by emailing RSVP@IowaGOP.org or by calling 515-282-8105.