Sarah Palin clarified her prior interview with ABC News telling the Washington Post she is seriously interested in running for President in 2016. “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested. I am. As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,” she said. Former Senator Rick Santorum watched the exchange. She gave the interview in the lobby of the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
“It is a significant step, of course, for anyone to publicly announce that they’re interested. Who wouldn’t be interested? Who wouldn’t be interested when they have been blessed with opportunities to speak about what is important to this country and for this country?” she said.
She signed autographs for guests, mingled with GOP hopefuls including Newt Gingrich who got a limited endorsement from her in the 2012 primaries. During the 2012 cycle, Organize4Palin, a project of American Grizzlies United built up a massive ground game for her in Iowa if she were to run. Today, Political Earthquake PAC is doing that and has posted eight digital billboards throughout the Des Moines area urging Gov. Palin to run.
Sarah Palin is raising money at a SarahPAC fundraiser tonight.
— Craig Robinson (@IowaGOPer) January 24, 2015
Anyone with Servant’s Heart Would be Interested
“Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested,” Sarah Palin said to ABC News’ Neal Karlinsky as she served wild boar to 1,000 homeless for Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed event.
Karlinsky asked her if she was interested in starting a 2016 Presidential campaign. She gave a mixed message answer….
“We definitely had enough of seeing that — America has had enough of seeing that — sign on the Oval Office door saying, ‘No Girls Allowed.’
Just last week, Gov. Palin said she did not give a “flying flip” about gender in the Oval Office saying that who does the job is more important. But in 2011, at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, South Korea, she said it was time for a woman to be President then. The conference came days after she announced she was not running for the 2012 election.
Though Gov. Palin said she is interested in running for President in 2016, she thrice said “it doesn’t necessarily have to be me.”
“I know that….It doesn’t necessarily have to be me, though, but no, America is definitely ready for real change. It doesn’t have to be myself, but yes … happy to drive that competition, because competition will make everyone better and produce more and be more candid regarding their solutions they will offer this country. I am very interested in that competitive process and, again, not necessarily me.”
When asked about possible runs by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, Gov. Palin said, “I can’t wait for new energy. It better be a competition and not a coronation.” She said “the status quo lately has been Latin for, ‘We are getting screwed,’ and status quo has got to go.”
She said the right candidate is someone who the establishment considers “avant garde,” and who “realizes this is a war” for our future.
“I want to help find that candidate that realizes that [their standing in the next election is] not what matters, that’s not what is at stake. What’s at stake is our children and our grandchildren’s future.”
We caution against speculating and prognosticating on whether Sarah Palin will run. Though she said she is interested in running, her answers to ABC News could go either way. It is very tempting to cherry-pick quotes. None of us will know her choice until the moment she announces them one way or the other.
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