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Iowa GOP Recruits Palin

Sarah Palin may have abandoned her post as governor of Alaska, but the Republican Party has not abandoned her. Republican officials in Iowa are "aggressively pursuing" Palin to be the headline speaker at a major fundraising dinner in the state, which is the first stop in the long presidential campaign trail. It is common for presidential hopefuls to attend the event; Palin's attendance would undoubtedly fuel speculation about her own ambitions in 2012. One prominent Iowa Republican described her as "the most sought-after personality" in the party. She is sought-after by the media, too: the Des Moines Register reports that Palin's spokeswoman's voicemail was full and not accepting new messages.