Palin: White House decision months away
Sarah Palin said in an interview aired on Friday that she is months away from deciding on a run for president but would not be fazed by weak poll numbers if she chose to seek the Republican Party nomination.
“It’s a prayerful consideration,” the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Other folks can jump in and that kind of helps you get that lay of the land. But my decision won’t be made for some months still.”
Palin has become a celebrity of the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement over the past two years by gaining recognition as a best-selling author, a television pundit and the host of her own TV reality show. She is currently promoting her second book, “America by Heart.”
She is among more than a dozen Republicans who are believed to be considering a White House run against President Barack Obama in 2012. But her potential candidacy has already divided Republican ranks. Some party officials see her as a potential front-runner with a large grass-roots base. But others say she lacks the gravitas to oust Obama, even if he were struggling.
An ABC/Washington Post poll shows her lagging Obama by 22 percentage points in a hypothetical match-up and says six in 10 voters would not consider voting for her.
“A poll number like that? That doesn’t look really pretty today,” Palin conceded to ABC. “But a primary is months and months in the process, and there are thankfully many debates. And if I were to participate in that contested primary, I would be in it to win it.”
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