Palin asks whether ‘title’ worth joining 2012 race
“Through my process of decision-making with my family and my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination for 2012 – Is a title worth it? Does a title shackle a person?” Palin said Tuesday night on the Fox News show “On the Record.”
“Someone like me who’s a maverick? I do go rogue and I call it like I see it and I don’t mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively to find solutions to the problems that our country is facing,” Palin continued.
“Somebody like me, is a title and a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there and out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what’s going on, or what contributors or political pundits want it to be?” Palin said.
“Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country?” Palin said, explaining: “That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.”
“You don’t need a title to make a difference,” she said in what could be a major clue about which way she’s leaning.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has said she would decide by the end of September whether to join the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Friday is the last day of September, so time is running out.
Palin is the only big-name Republican left who could launch a run for the White House this late in the race… But by doing so, she would risk a new round of unflattering publicity — the kind of negative focus on her and her family that dogged her vice presidential run in 2008 and left her embittered by the experience,” Reuters’ Steve Holland wrote about Palin’s predicament.
In her appearance on Fox News, Palin expressed confidence she could win the Republican nomination — if she decides to pursue it.
“I wouldn’t have gone this far in my thinking about whether to run or not had I not had the confidence to believe that Americans are ready for someone out of the box, certainly outside of the permanent political class,” she said.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young (Palin at Tea Party of America rally in Indianola, Iowa)