Sarah Palin's Rib Mountain visit draws large crowd

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Former Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin, stopped by Walmart in Rib Mountain Thursday, to meet fans and sign copies of her new book.

The line to meet Sarah Palin started forming around 5:30 in the morning and the hundreds that braved the line and bought her book, will hear her take on religion and the holiday season, something that hits close to home here in Wausau.

"We got here at 8 am, we came specifically to see Sarah Palin."

Hundreds of supporters lined up at the Walmart in Rib Mountain Thursday morning, to meet former vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin.

"I voted for her with John McCain in 2008," said supporter, Deb Ciszewski, "I was thrilled to see her in person."

Palin's new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas", takes a look at religion and the Christmas season, ranging from constitutional law to culture wars.

She said in a Facebook post, seeing "coverage of one school district's move to add a mathematical equation to a school choirs choice of songs, I knew we had to visit the community of Wausau, Wisconsin."

Wausau school administrators told choir directors to cut way down on, or take religious songs out of concerts completely. That decision was later reversed and the district is having an outside company investigate the controversy.

"Her support of the Wausau School District controversy really touched me," remarked Sheila Lentz-Krahn after receiving her signed book, "I"m not necessarily a huge political person but I do think she is a wonderful woman."

Connie Kohnen is from Alaska, and she never thought her chance to meet her former governor would come after she moved to Wisconsin.

"She was our governor and we supported and loved her," said Kohnen, "just down to Earth, basic governing, wanted what was best for the state and the people, we always supported her and have ever since."

Security at the event was extremely tight. Walmart only allowed our cameras 10 minutes to take photos and video, and Palin's publishing company said she would not be available for any interviews.

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