Sarah Palin Rolling Thunder Bikers - About 400,000 bikers showed up for the annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom,” which also included Sarah Palin. It coincides with a bus tour that is renewing speculation about her 2012 presidential ambitions. However, the former Alaska governor had no official speaking role at the event.
She arrived wearing a helmet and rode off on the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The bikers than drove from the Pentagon to the Vietnam War Memorial. The annual ride, which began in 1988, was established by Vietnam veterans to draw attention to missing service members and prisoners of war.
Palin’s husband, Todd, and daughters Piper and Bristol also took part in the Rolling Thunder event. Her campaign-style “One Nation Tour” by bus from Washington through New England could be a prelude to a bid for the Republican nomination. It could also just be an effort to command the spotlight as the competition heats up.
On the GOP field, other Republicans are formalizing their plans. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty entered the race May 23 with an announcement in Des Moines. Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, visited Iowa Friday for the first time this year, and his campaign says he will announce his candidacy on June 2.
Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann has said she will make her intentions known in June, and Texas Governor Rick Perry said on May 27 he’s “thinking about” running.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, real estate developer Donald Trump, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have all announced in recent weeks that they wouldn’t enter the contest.
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