Sarah Palin did not announce a presidential run at her off-again, on-again speech to an Tea Party of America crowd in Indianola, Iowa this afternoon. But she gave what could have been a stump speech.
Palin railed against “corporate crony capitalism” and the “permanent political class” class that runs Washington, promising that tea partiers would “relentlessly rage until we restore what is best about America.”
Also on offer were the broad outlines of a course for action: repeal Obamacare, expand drilling and build new refineries, eliminate corporate income tax while doing away with corporate subsidies, reform entitlements, no new debt.
While she took no specific potshots at the current GOP field, she did offer an oblique criticism for former running mate Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), when she made light of reference to tea partiers as “hobbits”, a comparison coined by the Wall Street Journal and repeated by McCain.*
Seen among the 2,000 or so reported to be in the crowd were “Palin 2012″ pins and t-shirts, and during her speech a “Run, Sarah, Run!” chant broke out. Palin gave little indication of her intentions, but did tell reporters Friday night that there was “room for more” candidates in the race.
As filing deadlines loom, many expect a final announcement from Palin before month’s end.
*Correction: original post attributed coinage to McCain.