WASHINGTON — In a move certain to feed speculation about her political plans, Sarah Palin will visit Iowa on Tuesday to attend the premiere of a movie about her career.
Palin and her husband, Todd, will attend the premiere of The Undefeated at a historic theater in the small town of Pella, outside Des Moines.
The former Alaska governor has not said whether she will seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. If she did, she would want to compete in Iowa, where precinct caucuses early next year will be the first contest of the nomination fight and where her blend of social conservatism and tea party rhetoric would have strong appeal.
Palin will arrive a day after Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., also a favorite of the tea party, launches her campaign on Monday in Iowa. Polls show that Palin remains a potential force in the emerging field of contenders for the nomination. In an average of all recent public polls by realclearpolitics.com, she was second behind former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, but well ahead of all others.
Palin will also be in Iowa the same day as President Barack Obama.