Political rock star Sarah Palin on Friday fueled the flames of speculation that she just might run for president, telling a mob of reporters who encircled her at the Iowa State Fair that she would campaign on her record as a mayor and governor in Alaska.
If she runs, she would speak from the heart about “where I think America needs to head and how I think we can turn the economy around, and here’s what I’ve done in the past to show you truly a foundation of where my beliefs come from, of what works — in a small town, in a state, in a big industry like oil and gas,” said Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee. “What is it that can be done to turn things around. I’ll express that.”
Palin said she’s simply resuming her One Nation bus tour — and that she didn’t think she was stealing any candidate’s thunder. She’s seriously considering entering the race, she said, and she thinks her followers deserve an answer soon.
“This is what I’ve told Todd over and over: I don’t want to be seen as or perceived as stringing people along, asking supporters, ‘Oh, don’t jump in there on someone else’s bandwagon.’ That’s not fair to them after another month or two goes by. They need to know who it is that they can jump behind.”
So when can an announced decision be expected?
But next month “has to be kind of a drop-dead timeline” for deciding whether or not she will make a bid for the White House herself, she said.
And what would a campaign look like?
Asked how she’d run her campaign, Palin said it would be unconventional and grass-roots-based.
“I wouldn’t be out there looking for hires out of that political bubble that seem to result in the same old ideas,” she said.
This is looking a lot like when Fred Thompson threw his hat in the ring 4 years ago. Is that a good or bad thing?
- Sarah Palin keeps speculation going during visit to fair – DesMoinesRegister.com (news.google.com)
- Palin visits Iowa fair, stokes 2012 speculation (aegischronicle.com)