Just as some pundits were counting her out as a presidential candidate, Sarah Palin has laid on plans to visit Iowa next week -- one day after her tea party soul mate and potential rival, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is set to launch her presidential campaign in the same state.
Distributors of The Undefeated, a flattering documentary about Palin's political career, announced Saturday that the former Alaska governor and her husband, Todd, will attend a premiere of the movie Tuesday in Pella, Iowa.
The town, about 40 miles east of Des Moines, is home to an historic opera house where the movie will be shown.
"We are very excited to visit historic Pella and its opera house and look forward to seeing the finished film for the first time with fellow Americans from the heartland," Palin is quoted as saying in a release announcing her plans to attend the event.
The national rollout for the movie begins July 15.
Palin's visit to the state where the first votes of the presidential race will be cast early next year comes amidst intense speculation about whether the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is really interested in making the race -- and signs that other conservative candidates are moving into the apparent vacuum left by her lack of a definitive declaration.
In addition to Bachmann, who kicks off her campaign Monday morning in Waterloo, Iowa -- her birthplace -- Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (a political ally of Palin's ) are beginning to make moves towards the starting line of the GOP presidential race. McCotter will be in Iowa on Monday to address a tea party rally in Ottumwa.