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Nov192010

Sarah Palin Book Tour: Warm Up Lap For A Presidential Campaign?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin will launch a 16-stop, cross-country trip to promote her new book next week that will take her through several states that could be key to her presidential ambitions -- if she decides to jump into the 2012 race, that is.

The tour for Palin's book, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," begins in Phoenix, Ariz. on Monday and continues after Thanksgiving with stops in Iowa, South Carolina and Ohio, among others. Notably, Palin will not be traveling to the early primary state of New Hampshire where she spent little time campaigning as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential nominee in 2008.

Palin will make two separate stops in Iowa -- the first on Nov. 27 in West Des Moines and the second on Dec. 2 in Spirit Lake. She will wrap up the tour on Dec. 3, traveling to Columbia, S.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio on the same day.

Palin's promotional trip focuses heavily on Midwestern and Southern states, mostly leaving out the coasts. No stops are scheduled for New York, Washington, DC or California. She will appear at a mix of large book store chains, including Borders and Barnes and Noble, as well as big box stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco.

The publisher of Palin's book, Harper Collins, said it would include "selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved" the former Alaska governor, as well as "portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family."

But in limited excerpts of "America By Heart" that have been leaked on the Internet over the last week, Palin seems more interested in rekindling family feuds, settling scores, and igniting her base.

According to the leaked pages, Palin mentions her daughter Bristol's ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston, in less than flattering terms: "We all had to bite our tongues -- more than once -- as Tripp's father went on a media tour through Hollywood and New York, spreading untruths and exaggerated rhetoric. It was disgusting to watch," she writes.

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