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Palin says not focused on 2012

November 17, 2009

The 2012 presidential campaign is not on her radar screen, says 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  But she didn’t exactly shut the door on the the possibility of making a run for the White House during her first interview to promote her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”

sarah1Palin told TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey that right now it’s all about the 2010 elections.

“I’m concentrating on 2010 and making sure that we have issues to tackle,” Palin said in the interview taped last week and broadcast Monday. “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 2012. (Running for president is) not on my radar screen right now.”

The former Alaska governor keeps the theme going in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters that begins airing Tuesday (ABC excerpts released on Monday).

Asked whether she wants to be president: “That certainly isn’t on my radar screen right now,” Palin tells Walters. “[But] when you consider some of the ordinary turning into extraordinary events that have happened in my life, I am not one to predict what will happen in a few years.”

“My ambition if you will, my desire, is to help our country in whatever role that may be, and I cannot predict what that will be, what doors would be open in the year 2012,” she said.sarah5

Palin is popular among many U.S. conservatives and her 12-state campaign-style tour to promote the book has political insiders, once again, speculating about whether she will launch a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll — released on the eve of her book release — found that 60 percent of those polled said Palin was not qualified to serve as president and 52 percent viewed her in unfavorable terms. Among Republicans, however, her positive rating was 76 percent.

In a email sent by her political action committee, SarahPAC, Palin says she’s going to work with like-minded conservatives to help candidates, regardless of party, “who will stand up for our nation.”

The message ends with a post-postscript: “P.P.S. Any level of support is welcome! Our Commonsense Conservative cause needs you. As a special offer, on behalf of SarahPAC, we will send you a signed copy of Going Rogue for any donation of $100 or more.”

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Photo credit:Reuters/Nathaniel Wilder (Palin in Fairbanks, July 26, 2009) Reuters/KTUU-TV (Palin announcing intent to resign as governor)

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The idea of a Palin presidency is downright terrifying, although it does lend credence to the idea of a 2012 apocalypse. The satirical National Inquisition is running the headline, “Mayans Predict Palin Will End World in 2012.” http://www.natinq.com

Posted by Allan | Report as abusive
 

I am not a fan of Palin. I did notice that Oprah questions and comments were NOT unbiased. One could tell that she is a blue dog (yellow) democrat. Of course, her comment to the audiance a few years back…”he’s the one” helped her fellow Chicagoan get into the White House. He definitely wasn’t qualified like Palin and George W.

Posted by Ken | Report as abusive
 

Newsweek just ran an article that U.S. politics in the 2000s became irreversibly global. The very next article that Time should write is that campaigns in the 2000s started running for four years.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive
 

the incredible benefit Palin is giving to the republican party is the reality that they have to make their way back to Reagan conservative policies.Ordinary people are seeing the liberal media consistently attack her and this is not making her retreat,and they admire her fortitude.They are realizing that this is a value that encourages them in a time when the message from DC is one of servitude and government assistance.THIS IS THE AMERICA THAT I SAW WHEN I VISITED FOR THE FIRST TIME 20 YEARS AGO,AND DECIDED TO MAKE THIS MY COUNTRY.PLEASE DO NOT LOOSE THE SIGHT OF THE FREEDOM THAT IS YOUR HERITAGE!

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