Is Sarah Palin Running for President? She’s Finally Speaking Out.
As Republicans from every corner of the country throw their hats in the ring for a 2016 run for president, many in the GOP have one burning question: Will Sarah run? The former Alaska governor is now answering that question, at least in a preliminary way. In a recent interview with The Washington Post she said she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.
“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid.
Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I am. As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,” Palin said Friday, as former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a potential 2016 rival, looked on.
Palin’s comments, made in an interview in the lobby of the Marriott hotel here, came hours before she is scheduled to address a group of conservative activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a gathering hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an immigration hard-liner.
Palin said, “It is a significant step, of course, for anyone to publicly announce that they’re interested. Who wouldn’t be interested? Who wouldn’t be interested when they have been blessed with opportunities to speak about what is important to this country and for this country?”
Still, Palin said that she is not yet ramping up a national political operation. Instead, Palin said, she is contemplating her political future and does not feel rushed to make a final decision.
Palin came to Iowa with Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, who is a close political ally, and Jason Recher, her political adviser. She signed autographs for hotel guests and visited with other Republicans gathered in the lobby.
She considered a run in 2012, but ultimately declined to run. Her supporters have continued to maintain her political organization, however, and she remains popular among Conservatives. During the midterm elections, she lent her support to a number of successful Republican candidates.