Sarah Palin met the Tea Party Express bus tour in Phoenix Friday in Phoenix and briefly spoke to the rally there, saying that it's time for voters to put the federal government back in the hands of common-sense conservatives:
"Nov. 2 -- we can see it from our house," the former Alaska governor told a crowd of about 1,000 people at the Arizona Capitol as she made light of a comment she told an interviewer in 2008 that "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."
"The tea party is standing strong, and it is thanks to you that we have the opportunity to turn things around," she said as she held son Trig on one hip and clutched a sign that read "Party like it's 1773!"
"Let's take back America!" she shouted.
Afterward, Palin worked the crowd while still holding her son, shaking hands and chitchatting with ralliers before being escorted away by police as the crowd shouted "We love you, Sarah!" and fought to catch glimpses and cell phone photos of her.
Organizers sent out a note earlier in the day saying the rally would have a special guest, but didn't name that person.
The rally was the tea party's latest stop on a national tour capitalizing on government discontent. Palin helped launch the 15-day bus tour Monday in Reno, Nevada. It wraps up in New Hampshire on Nov. 1.
Joe Arpaio, America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," and state Sen. Russell Pearce, author of Arizona's controversial new immigration law, also spoke at the rally, focusing on illegal immigration.