Palin says not focused on 2012
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.”
“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.”
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.”
Photo credit:Reuters/Nathaniel Wilder (Palin in Fairbanks, July 26, 2009) Reuters/KTUU-TV (Palin announcing intent to resign as governor)