Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was in Columbia Friday to sign copies of her new book, and possibly test the waters for a Republican presidential run.
Hundreds of supporters lined up hours in advance at a Books-a-Million in the northeast suburbs of the city as Palin promoted her new book, America by Heart.
Among the crowd was Camden native Joan Fox. She was hoping to get a chance to finally meet the popular Republican and Tea Party favorite.
I hope to let her know how much I admire her and respect her for her stand on the value of life and her love of country.
Pelion native Josh Gilbon brought a special homemade T-shirt for the occasion that parodied the well-known Mastercard ad–ending with “getting to see SARAH PALIN on my eighteenth birthday: priceless.” He says the shirt got Palin’s attention when she signed his book.
I got a hug out of it. I was really, really, really awed… when she said she wanted to give me a hug.
World War II verteran Burt Burnette made the trip from coastal North Carolina. He said he’s been trying to meet Palin for a long time.
I’ve been trying for the past year, and somehow or another people like me are still “anonymers”… I’m doing all I can. I’ve been here for several hours sitting in the cold.
Those who wanted to get a book signed had to line up Wednesday to get a special armband. There was also a waiting list of 79 people hoping for a chance to meet Palin.
The rules were very strict: no pictures with Palin and reporters were only allowed 10 minutes to watch her, and weren’t allowed to ask any questions.
It was Palin’s first appearance in Columbia since she endorsed then-candidate Nikki Haley for governor in the Republican primary. Many political observers credit the endorsement as crucial in Haley’s defeat of her better-known rivals in the June primary.