Politico has confirmed with a Palin source that Sarah Palin is traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham and an evangelist like his father. CNN broke the news today that Gov. Palin and Rev. Graham will visit a cholera clinic and other locations in a humanitarian effort by Samaritan's Purse, Franklin's relief organization.
Leave it to Politico to focus on the political aspects of the trip, as Andy Barr doesn't shy away from doing:
The Haiti trip could serve two distinct political purposes for Palin.Or maybe Rev. Graham simply asked Gov. Palin to help out some people in need. 'Tis the season...
First, it provides an opportunity to expand her image and policy portfolio beyond her limited image as a darling of the tea party movement.
Second, she'll be able to better establish her claim to evangelical voters if she chooses to seek the Republican presidential nomination. Evangelicals overwhelmingly supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, one of Palin's potential 2012 rivals, in the early 2008 GOP primaries and caucuses.