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'Tea party' activists say Palin's the one

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

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."

Maybe.

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.