When word spread that the Sarah Palin’s bus was on its way to Independence Mall, it sparked a frenzy.
“Go, Palin!” yelled Teri Adams, president of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association.
“She’s a fighter,” Adams said. “She speaks very well for the concerns of the tea party and the tea party movement in general. I think that’s one of the reasons that people get so excited.”
Once she arrived, Palin didn’t disappoint her supporters. She described the kind of Republican presidential candidate she could get behind for 2012 as “someone who has some tea party principles and understands that we’re taxed enough already. And we need to allow our free market principles to get back into play to get the economy back on the right track.”
Palin was coy, though, about whether she would be that candidate.
“I don’t have a timeline right now that I’m putting on myself,” she said.
Mark Nicastre was urging her on–sort of. “Hopefully she runs for president,” said the spokesman for the Pennsylvania Democrats. Nicastre thinks a Palin run could split the Republican vote.
The “One Nation Bus Tour” is set to roll on to New York, and then, eventually New Hampshire.
When asked if Iowa might be after that, Palin just laughed.