Palin reveals what’s next
One of the burning questions left hanging when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced her resignation was what is she going to do next?
The mystery is over.
Palin says when she steps down as governor at the end of the month she’ll step back into the national spotlight — campaigning for Republicans, independents and even Democrats who share her values.
“I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation,” Palin said in a Washington Times interview published on Sunday.
“People are so tired of the partisan stuff,” the former Republican vice-presidential candidate told the newspaper.
Palin did not name any politicians she might campaign for, saying she could not talk about that while she was still governor. “Whether the polarizing Alaskan would be welcome on the campaign circuit is an open question,” The Washington Times noted.
Palin stunned the political world on the eve of Independence Day by announcing that she would leave office on July 26 with 18 months left in her term. She gave no hint about future plans.
In the interview, Palin declined to talk about immediate employment prospects — including a possible move to television — but she left the door open for a future presidential bid, the newspaper said.
“I’m not ruling out anything — it is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age,” she said. “Let me peek out there and see if there’s an open door somewhere. And if there’s even a little crack of light, I’ll hope to plow through it.”
Reuters photo by Hans Deryk (Palin speaks Republican governors conference in Miami November 13, 2008).