'Tea party' activists say Palin's the one
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP):
Many activists attending the inaugural national 'tea party' convention see Sarah Palin as the right person to carry their limited-government, low-tax, freedom-fighting mantel - if only she wanted it.
With a dash of familiarity, many say they didn't vote for Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election - they voted for his running mate "Sarah."
"She is the one," says Loren Nelson of Seattle. "And she's gonna do it."
The 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee isn't saying whether she'll run for president in 2012.
In fact, Republican observers say she's seemingly done more lately to establish herself as a political celebrity focused on publicity rather than a political candidate focused on policy.
If she does launch a White House bid, she has a natural constituency with this anti-establishment grass-roots network that's motivated by anger over the growth of government, budget-busting spending and President Barack Obama's policies.