Entries in one nation bus tour (4)


Congressman Launches Inquiry into Cost of Sarah Palin's Tour

Ray Tamarra/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin is set to continue to tour national monuments around the country this summer, and one congressman wants to know how that will affect everyone else.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., sent a letter to the National Park Service Tuesday asking how federal resources were used for the Northeast leg of Palin’s “One Nation Tour,” which traveled from Washington, D.C., to New Hampshire last week. His concern: press accounts of the tour “which provided personal and political benefits to former Gov. Palin, suggest that National Park Service resources were made available to an extent beyond that which an average American family would receive.”

Palin was surrounded by park rangers and, at times, police officers during her tour stops. Last Wednesday, she and her family were accompanied by approximately 10 authorities as they toured the Statue of Liberty.

David Barna, a Park Service spokesman, told ABC News that with the exception of the Statue of Liberty visit, it was business as usual at all the sites Palin saw (with the exception, of course, of dozens of spectators and press following the former Alaska governor).

“We recognize she is not a government official, she is not a candidate for public office, so we treated her as any other celebrity that might come in,” he said. He compared the Park Service’s treatment of Palin last week -- organizing private tours, opening specific monuments early -- to what they might do “for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie."

“If there was any cost, it might have been for the park police at the Statue of Liberty,” he said. “Right now, I don’t know the answer to that."

Barna is seeking answers to Rep. Blumenauer’s question about how much money went into hosting Palin. As far as planning for Palin’s potential visits to other national monuments -- she said she plans to visit the West Coast, Iowa and South Carolina this summer -- he said, “We haven’t done anything, we’re not involved in anything. We’re just like everyone else, waiting to see what happens.”

Aides for Palin declined ABC News’ request for comment.

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Sarah Palin Calls Non-Candidacy 'Liberating'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a week on the road with her "One Nation Tour," Sarah Palin still seems ambivalent about jumping into the 2012 presidential race.

“Not only do I love my freedom of not having a title and being a declared candidate — that is liberating — I know you can make a difference as an individual,” she said on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Friday night. “Hopefully, I can inspire others to know that you don’t need a title. You don’t need to be in office to effect positive change.”

Yet, she said, she's still interested in running.

“It has been great being with my family on the trail, so the fire in the belly, it rages on after this week and continuing through the summer,” Palin said. She's expected to visit Iowa and South Carolina as the summer goes on, and she confirmed earlier this week that her "One Nation Tour" will go west.

She suggested that the Republican establishment has reason to fear the tea party.

“If they’re not careful in the GOP, there will be a third party rise-up," she said. "That is what the GOP should be fearing today.”

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Sarah Palin Tells 'Mainstream Media' to Try Harder, Will Reportedly Visit Iowa

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Media organizations around the world are trying to catch up with Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour. She’s not doing them any favors.

In an interview Monday with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, the former governor of Alaska and potential presidential contender said she’s not sticking to a script with her latest jaunt. While the interview has yet to air, Susteren posted video clips of their conversation online.

“Many of the mainstream media are looking for kind of a conventional campaign-type tour and I’ve said from that beginning that this isn’t a campaign tour except to campaign on our Constitution, our charters of liberty,” Palin said. “I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media...I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this.”

“It’s not about me,” she added. “It’s not a publicity-seeking tour. It’s about highlighting the great things about America.”

Palin also detailed her approach towards bipartisan leadership, saying she’s “certainly willing to and used to working with both sides of the aisle” but that she’s governed by conservative principles.

“What it is that drives me, when it comes to national policy, is the planks of the Republican platform,” she said. “It’s all about respect and equality. It’s all about the free-enterprise system.”

While Palin maintains her bus trip through the Northeast isn’t a campaign tour, it’s only intensified speculation that she’ll vie for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. A report from Real Clear Politics added fuel to that fire Monday, saying that Palin will visit Iowa in June. Iowa is the state that votes first in the run up to the Republican presidential nomination, and it’s also where a documentary about Palin will debut next month.

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Where in the World is Sarah Palin?

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Campaigns for presidential candidates, and potential presidential candidates alike, are usually happy to oblige to being covered by the media, however, this has not been the case with Sarah Palin recently -- bare in mind she hasn’t officially declared as a candidate

Late last week Palin announced she would be joining the Memorial Day “Rolling Thunder” parade in Washington, D.C., launching a promotional “One Nation” bus tour and driving from D.C. through the north east coast  to New Hampshire, a critical state in the primary campaign.

But many in the media – which Palin often calls the “lame stream media” – couldn’t even find the One Nation bus Sunday morning.

Over the weekend, Palin aides indicated that the tour schedule would be posted on Palin's political action committee website,, but as of Sunday morning there were no updates.

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