An independent group is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging voters to go "rogue" and cast their votes for Sarah Palin at the state's caucuses, despite the former Alaska governor's insistence that she is not running for president.
The group, calling itself "Sarah Palin's Iowa Earthquake," released the 30-second spot less than a week out from the Iowa caucuses, the first official nominating event in the 2012 campaign. The ad says it is not authorized by Palin or any other candidate.
“Are you unhappy with the current GOP field? Let me tell you something, you are not alone," the ad says. "Join thousands of Iowans as we vote rogue. It's the caucus for Sarah Palin on January 3. Let Iowa and the entire country know we want real leadership and real reform in D.C. So come on Iowa, vote rogue on January 3!”
A similar group calling itself "Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement" is planning to run TV ads in Iowa markets through Jan. 1, according to its Facebook page.
This isn't the first effort to try to draft Palin into the 2012 race: A separate group called Conservatives4Palin announced plans last month to run a TV ad campaign urging Palin to "reconsider" making a presidential bid.