Katie Pavlich

With an American flag bracelet on her wrist, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a stop at the Iowa State Fair earlier today where she shook hands with attendents and spoke with reporters.

Republican Sarah Palin rolled into Iowa's state fair Friday, stealing the spotlight from the party's presidential contenders and sparking a new round of speculation about her plans for 2012.

Palin's visit to the cattle barn at the fair attracted a wild crush of photographers, reporters, fans and onlookers who swarmed the former Alaska governor, alarming the cows and bringing activity in the barn to a halt.

The timing of the visit, a day before a straw poll that is a big early test of campaign strength for the 2012 Republican presidential contenders, renewed questions about whether she will jump in the race.

Palin also welcomed the idea of new candidates entering the race while keeping her own plans under wraps.

Palin, who stopped to talk to reporters and fans outside the barn, said she was still uncertain of her decision but there was time and room for more candidates to run.

"I think there is plenty of time to jump in the race," she said. "Watching the whole process over the last year certainly shows me that, yes, there is plenty of room for more people."


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