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Previewing Palin's return to IA and NH

DES MOINES, IA –- This Labor Day weekend, Sarah Palin is returning to two key presidential primary states -- here to Iowa on Saturday and to New Hampshire on Monday.

And the question remains the same: Is she running for president, or not?

Indeed, there's been plenty of speculation that the former Alaskan governor might jump into the 2012 race with her speech in the Hawkeye State, but much of those rumors have been put to rest. Instead, Palin will attempt to “deliver a sharp indictment of President Barack Obama” and “contrast herself against the current crop of GOP candidates” in her speech in Indianola, CNN reported.

Last week Palin posted links to two videos on Facebook teasing her speech in Iowa, and both videos were about President Obama. "America is waiting for the president to make good on this promise," Palin wrote referring to a video where Obama said he would cut the deficit in half.

Palin is scheduled to speak shortly after 2:15 p.m. ET, Tea Party of America President Ken Crow told NBC News. Crow does not have a crowd estimate, because admission to the "Restoring America" rally is free. But many are expecting thousands to be in attendance. One person from Florida who contacted Crow said that she sold her car to be able to afford to come to hear Palin speak in Iowa.
 
“There is already a crowd in the parking lot camping out,” Crow said Friday, “We will take care of however many come.” 
 
The event also happens to coincide with the three-year anniversary of Gov. Palin’s address to the Republican National Convention in 2008, when she was the GOP vice-presidential nominee.
 
Palin visited Iowa a few weeks ago as part of her “One Nation” bus tour –- attending the Iowa State Fair.

And this return trip has already produced a fair share of drama, which isn't foreign to Palin-related events. Organizers decided to add Christine O’Donnell to the program earlier this week. O’Donnell -- who ran unsuccessfully for a Delaware Senate seat during the 2010 cycle and was endorsed by Palin -- was invited to speak Saturday, then un-invited, then re-invited, and finally her invitation was withdrawn indefinitely Wednesday morning.
 
"I had to cancel Ms. O'Donnell" after a conversation with Palin aides, Crow told NBC News.
 
Sometime after Saturday’s rally, Palin will head to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. She is speaking at a Tea Party Express event in Manchester on Labor Day, shortly before numerous GOP presidential candidates speak at a forum in South Carolina.

Palin has made reference to the end of September being the “drop dead” date of deciding whether she will enter the race.