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Analyst: Palin In Ariz. For More Than Kyl's Seat
KPHO-TV ^ | May 31, 2011

Posted on 05/31/2011 11:26:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

PHOENIX -- One of the Valley's leading political analysts said he believes Republican Sarah Palin is setting up a national base in Arizona, but is not planning to run for Jon Kyl’s vacating U.S. Senate seat.

Jaime Molera, founding partner of the Molera Alvarez Group, who has held a variety of high-level state positions, said he thinks Palin’s plans are bigger than just running for the U.S. Senate.

“I think she’s thinking about running for the presidency,” Molera said. “At the end of the day, being one of 100 senators versus being the leading contender for U.S. President; I think that’s what she’s going to go after.”

Some national analysts are speculating Palin’s weekend bus tour was the first stop in her race for the White House. Palin began a bus tour of the eastern United States in the nation's capital over Memorial Day weekend.

“Arizona gives her a good base if she decides that because it’s a growing state. The GOP primaries of the West are important and I think this gives her a good platform to run on,” said Molera.

“It would help her identify herself with what she wants to do to against the contenders in the GOP primary for president,” Molera said.

Palin bought a roughly 8,000-square-foot home in North Scottsdale for $1.695 million last week.

“She doesn’t have to travel all the way up to Alaska where there are hardly any electoral votes. Arizona is going to have 11 or 12 electoral votes, and because it’s a growing state and has one of the early primaries, it gives her a good base to talk about not just Arizona issues, but Western issues and things that might resonate with the GOP voters,” said Molera.

If Palin does run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Kyl, Arizona U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake will be the one to beat. Flake has already received the endorsements from the Republican base in Arizona.

“I don’t see her running against him,” said Molera. “She’s not met with anyone in the state to discuss that.”


TOPICS: Arizona; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2012; arizona; palin; sarahpalin

1 posted on 05/31/2011 11:26:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Eska; Eye of Unk

LOL.

Of course she’s not running for Kyl’s seat.

Her HOME is in WASILLA, ALASKA!


2 posted on 05/31/2011 11:29:10 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That Molera guy is pretty sharp, isn’t he?


3 posted on 05/31/2011 11:33:20 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just scrolled from the top of the forum page to the bottom, and there are currently 11 different stories about Palin, and one duplicate story. FR has become the Church of Palin; it’s totally obsessive now.


4 posted on 05/31/2011 11:34:53 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Sorry, I only have two hands.


5 posted on 05/31/2011 11:38:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...you’re certainly doing your share!


6 posted on 05/31/2011 11:41:15 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 05/31/2011 11:48:41 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I think she’s thinking about running for the presidency,” Molera said. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Duh...Nobel!! No questionns asked!

8 posted on 06/01/2011 12:30:00 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: onyx

I have one quick question...why do you think she’s setting up her residence in AZ if she’s not considering a run to represent that state?

She could run for the presidency from her HOME in WASILLA, ALASKA.


9 posted on 06/01/2011 12:35:07 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: dixiechick2000

travel time is a pain


10 posted on 06/01/2011 12:52:28 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: dixiechick2000

If I buy a second home/vacation house in another state but still live here, which state is my residence in? And how do you run for the White House from Alaska? Look on a map sometime and see just how far it is from the continental United States, especially New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.


11 posted on 06/01/2011 12:56:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: dixiechick2000; ccmay

Hi!!!

I think it’s too costly to run a presidential campaign from Alaska and the travel time would be a real hurdle to overcome. When Bristol bought her house in the Phoenix area, I guessed that Sarah and Todd would buy one, too. Sarah wants Trig near her and AZ makes sense. Nice winter weather and her folks are retired. {Live-in babysitters]. The home is spacious and deluxe.

ccmay told me their home is near the Scottsdale airport for the private planes. Sounds perfect.


12 posted on 06/01/2011 1:07:46 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: americanophile

There are also loads of stories about

* Obama
* The destruction of the dollar

This is because Free Republic tends to focus on what is important and relevant.

Just because your guy Romney is irrelevant - apparently even less relevant than Weiner’s erection fraud which I note is getting some play on FR - that doesn’t mean that FR has become some fanatic shrine to Palin. FR is simply following and supporting the best hope of the American Republic.


13 posted on 06/01/2011 1:28:03 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: americanophile

Because she is the only true conservative on the “national” scene and represents us better than anyone since Reagan. That’s not to say West, Cain and Bachmann aren’t great conservatives, they most certainly are, they just don’t have the “it” factor like Sarah. Since 1998 I’ve referred to Sarah as America’s Joan of Arc and I truly believe she is America’s last hope. I think others would agree. We also enjoy the fact that she creates PDS among liberals and some so called conservatives. That in itself is worth the price of admission.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 3:54:45 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: americanophile
FR has become the Church of Palin; it’s totally obsessive now.

But you're the only one that is obsessed enough to count them and then to post about it. HHHHMMMMMM?????

Don't like Sarah stories, skip them, jerk-wagon.

15 posted on 06/01/2011 4:56:24 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keep ‘em coming!


16 posted on 06/01/2011 5:16:22 AM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin, driving the MSM crazy one day at a time.)
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To: americanophile
I just scrolled from the top of the forum page to the bottom, and there are currently 11 different stories about Palin, and one duplicate story. FR has become the Church of Palin; it’s totally obsessive now.

Good news, too! I was getting sick about reading about that disgusting socialist scumbag Romney.

17 posted on 06/01/2011 5:24:26 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin certainly strikes terror into the dark hearts of America's Decadent Leftists! They're obsessed with her.

Nothing seems to horrify them more than Sarah Palin--except Truth! And it's the same thing!

Truth horrifies Leftists like a crucifix horrifies a vampire.

18 posted on 06/01/2011 5:34:08 AM PDT by Savage Beast (You can, in fact must, shout 'Fire!' in a crowded theatre. It just must be the truth. Jonah Goldberg)
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To: americanophile
FR has become the Church of Palin; it’s totally obsessive now.
Nah! If it were, most FReepers would have seen my tagline - which dates back to January, 2010 - and adopted it themselves.

19 posted on 06/01/2011 9:24:37 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: USS Alaska
Don't like Sarah stories, skip them, jerk-wagon.

The first step is admitting the problem, just trying to help you with that. Thanks for the gratuitous insult.

20 posted on 06/01/2011 9:26:45 AM PDT by americanophile
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To: agere_contra
"This is because Free Republic tends to focus on what is important and relevant."

As long as it's Palin, Palin, or Palin.

"Just because your guy Romney is irrelevant"

Actually, I continue to hold out hope for Paul Ryan, but I realize that accuracy wasn't your point... that would interfere with your bogey man reference.

21 posted on 06/01/2011 9:45:48 AM PDT by americanophile
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