Hundreds line up for Palin’s Reno book signing
Associated Press Writer
RENO – Hundreds of people lined up in Nevada Wednesday to get Sarah Palin’s signature on their copy of her new book, including a dozen who braved subzero temperatures overnight to be the first to meet her face to face.
“We wanted to be sure to get a ticket and get her signature and meet her,” said Susan Lopez of Fernley, which is about 30 miles east of Reno. “I like her because she has common sense. I think she’d be good for the country.”
Michael Gabor, a former Michigan resident, was among the more the than 700 supporters to get his copy of “Going Rogue” signed by the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee and her husband, Todd. He drove more than two hours over the snowy Sierra from Sacramento to get in line at 10 p.m. Tuesday outside the Costco.
“She has a lot of drive and dedication,” said Gabor, who added that he liked the way Palin “fights for our freedom – freedom from terrorism and big government.”
“She’s very patriotic,” added Star Smiles, who moved to Reno from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Palin’s book already has sold more than 1 million copies and has topped the New York Times best-seller list for two weeks.
“I bought it before I even knew she was going to do this,” said Bonnie Weber, a Washoe County commissioner who attended the signing at the invitation of fellow Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons.
“I got to give her a little hug,” Weber told KKOH Radio in Reno. “I think she’s a great person. I think she’s very intelligent.”
As has been customary on her national book tour, Palin took no questions from reporters in Reno or during an earlier stop Wednesday in Salt Lake City. It was her first trip back to Nevada since she campaigned in Reno and Elko on the eve of the election before Nevadans sided with President Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, who defeated the Sen. John McCain-Palin ticket.
Michelle Grant surprised her husband, Daniel, with a trip to Reno from Folsom, Calif., late Tuesday to get the book signed for his birthday. She likes Palin because “she is who she is.”
Her husband said the former Alaska governor is a “true conservative.”
“I hope she’ll do like Reagan and lead the Republican Party back to its roots,” Daniel Grant said.
Ahead of the book signing, the Nevada Democratic Party urged members to join activists at a protest outside the venue to show “we won’t stand for her lies about” health care reform legislation that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others are trying to push through Congress.
But with temperatures in the low teens after an overnight low of minus 6, only about a dozen Palin critics showed up and they were told by Costco officials they were not allowed to be there on private property, said Brian Fadie, a spokesman for the event organized by the nonprofit ProgressNowNevada.
“As soon as we unfurled our signs … Costco told us to vacate the area. They wanted us to go way across the parking lot. It’s just so cold a lot of people dispersed after that,” he said.
Erin Neff, the group’s executive director, said in a statement that Palin hyped her book this summer by “creating the myth of death panels” as a reason to oppose universal health care coverage.
“As the Senate stands poised to pass historic health reform, we cannot let a messenger of myth come into our backyard to tell us what’s good for us,” Neff said.