Palin for President? Someone’s gotta do it
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. And if no one else wants to do it, Sarah Palin says she would step in.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who has been stirring the pot this year with her backing for Tea Party candidates for the midterm elections, has been hard to pin down on whether she plans to run for president in 2012. Well, until now.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, to air tonight, Palin let the moose out of the bag.
ET’s Mary Hart asked her bluntly: “Are you going to run for president?”
Palin began her response with what would be expected at this stage of the political cycle: “You know I have not decided what I’m going to do in 2012. I don’t think any of the potential candidates have. I think that still it is too early for anybody to get out there declaring what their intentions are.”
Then she added some caveats and conditions to provide a glimpse of her thought process on THE QUESTION, saying her decision would entail a family discussion and “a real close look at the lay of the land and to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job, and I”ll get to be their biggest supporter, and their biggest helpmate, if they will have me. Or whether there is nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I believe the priorities should be.”
And then came Palin’s big finale: “If there’s nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this.”
It may come down to the definition of “nobody,” because there is expected to be a robust field of Republican candidates for the next presidential race vying to take on Democrat Barack Obama.
And some Republicans will have reservations about Palin’s suitability for the White House. For instance, Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and Republican strategist, said the public had high standards for the presidency and required “a certain level of gravitas,” according to an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“With all due candour, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office’,” Rove told the British newspaper.
Photo credit: Reuters/Scott Audette (Palin at a fundraising rally in Florida, Oct. 23)