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Palin makes surprise visit to supporters, event could be large


URBANDALE, Iowa -- Hundreds of supporters greeted Sarah Palin as she made a somewhat unannounced visit to a Conservatices4Palin meeting here last night at a local restaurant.

On the eve of her much-anticipated appearance at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Palin barely made her way through the packed room in The Machine Shed restaurant. On-going chants of “Run, Sarah, run” broke out as she shook hands, took pictures, and signed autographs with those in attendance. To the disappointment of some, she did not give any formal remarks or get all the way around the meeting space. And she also took no questions from the media.

If last night’s “surprise” visit is any indication of today's event, it is going to be large. An entire bus from Texas dropped off a few dozen people with a big “Texas is Palin country” sign on the side of the bus. Supporters were also there from California, Illinois, and so forth.

Palin and her aides have not said if the former Alaska governor will give any indication on her presidential plans. Palin also has a trip scheduled to that other early nominating state -- New Hampshire -- Monday, which is Labor Day.