Have we mis-underestimated Sarah Palin?
The Republican firebrand's trip to Iowa this week is the biggest indication yet that she is seriously considering a run for the 2012 presidency. Caitriona Palmer reports from Washington
To the casual observer, last night's scheduled dinner at the Hy-Vee convention hall in Des Moines, Iowa, was set to be just another Republican Party fundraiser in the months before the critical mid-term elections.
But to the politically astute, the planned $100-a-head event at the sprawling downtown complex signalled something far more historical: the official start of the 2012 presidential campaign for one of America's most controversial figures -- former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
The headline appearance at the Republican Party of Iowa's annual Ronald Reagan dinner is the clearest indication yet that she is considering a run against Barack Obama for the 2012 presidency.