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"Game On!" Palin Says in Iowa Radio Ad

"Game On!" Palin Says in Iowa Radio Ad

By Scott Conroy - August 22, 2011


An Iowa-based Tea Party group on Monday launched a radio advertising campaign in the nation’s first voting state to promote a Sept. 3 rally, which is expected to draw thousands of supporters to hear former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin give the keynote address.

Tea Party of America’s 60-second radio ad opens with the famous response that Ben Franklin reportedly gave a woman who asked what kind of government had been formed at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

The campaign-style ad then highlights President Obama’s vow -- infamous in Tea Party circles -- to “fundamentally” transform the United States.

“No, we must restore America and restore her honor,” Palin is heard saying in response.

The ad’s narrator notes that Palin will speak at the Labor Day weekend rally at the National Balloon Classic field in Indianola, just south of Des Moines. “Tea Party of America will be joining with you to take our nation back,” the narrator says.

The radio spot then directs interested parties to RSVP online for the free event and advises them to get there early, as the gates will open at 8 a.m. for the 11 a.m. event.

“Game on!” Palin shouts at the end of the ad in a sound bite taken from a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wis., in April.

The highly anticipated rally in Indianola is expected to draw a large crowd amid conjecture that Palin could announce -- or heavily hint -- that she is launching a presidential campaign.

Sources close to Palin and event organizers have downplayed that speculation, but the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is often unpredictable and may face increasing pressure to show her cards to the throngs of supporters who make the trip to south-central Iowa for the highly anticipated event. 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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