Sarah Palin's Ronald Reagan Connection: Conservatives Wonder If She Will Announce Presidential Bid In Illinois

Sarah Palin had a lot to say during her speech to Illinois fans on Wednesday night, and as usual, she gave a shout out to Ronald Reagan--who was born and educated in the state. The speech has some conservatives wondering if the Reagan reference and two Illinois visits in one month means that she is looking to...announce her run for president here?

NBC Chicago reports that Palin "praised the state for giving the world Ronald Reagan" and mentioned that CNBC's Rick Santelli started the Tea Party movement "right here in Chicago" during her Wednesday night speech in suburban Rosemont.

Though her approval rating remains a low 35 percent in Illinois, the state is pretty symbolic: Reagan's home state, President Obama's adopted home state and a poster child for corruption in government.

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic cited the Conservatives For Palin blog Thursday morning. From the blog (emphasis added):

Twice in the last month we've had the sincere and unbelievable privilege of watching the Palins up close as the Governor delivered two important addresses in our home state of Illinois.

In both speeches, Palin cited President Ronald Reagan as a driving influence in her life and political career, drawing great attention to the fact Reagan was born and educated in Illinois -- the state in which we believe Palin will officially launch her 2012 presidential bid on February 6th, 2011...Reagan's 100th birthday. She'll do it - we betcha - in either Tampica or Eureka, two cities in our state intimately connected to Reagan. And she'll do it in the face of all the naysayers and talking heads in the Lamestream Media who obsessively strive every day to destroy her, to ridicule her, to mock her, and to tear her down. Because the media wants Barack Obama to win a second term, and they know Sarah Palin is the only thing that can stop that.

Ambinder writes that "it could happen."

What do you think?

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