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Palin to Rip "Crony Capitalism" in Iowa Speech

By Scott Conroy - September 2, 2011

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But the crux of her approximately 30-minute address will be to challenge the longstanding mores that have ruled Washington and the national Republican Party.

“Part of what she will address is . . . that tea party-elected people want to get things done, and then they encounter an intractable political mentality in D.C.,” the aide said. “They’re impervious to real reform, and that can’t continue any longer.”

Palin’s speech on Saturday, which has been advertised as a major address, will be even more closely watched after the recent drama between her staff and the leadership of the Tea Party of America -- the group hosting the event.

After an extended saga that saw 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell invited by organizers to attend the rally before being disinvited and then re-invited once again, Palin’s commitment to give the keynote address was briefly put “on hold” on Wednesday. O’Donnell’s appearance was then nixed once again, and Palin aides reaffirmed that the former Alaska governor would speak as planned.

Palin has previously indicated that she will decide whether to mount a White House run by the end of this month, and an aide said that there is no reason to believe there has been any change to that timeline.

Palin is booked for a speaking engagement in South Korea at a conference that runs from Oct. 11-13 -- overlapping with a scheduled debate in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire -- but a source close to Palin told RCP that the engagement was not a recent addition to her schedule.

“It doesn’t affect any decision,” the source said. “That area of the world is very important." 

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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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