Palin references Iowa memories in speech

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Palin ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 run, adding another big name to growing potential field.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Palin told thousands of Iowa political activists gathered Saturday for a multi-candidate speechmaking fest near downtown Des Moines that it was time for the sign “that says no girls allowed” to be taken off the Oval office door. “If you want something said, you ask a man; if you want something done, you ask a woman,” she told the crowd, adding “Now I’m ready for Hillary, are you?” It was not exactly an announcement: Palin came closer to that in a hotel lobby late Friday when she told a Washington Post reporter that she was “seriously interested” in pursuing the presidency.But this much was clear from her appearance here on the eve of the biggest GOP cattle call of the presidential season so far: She’s definitely interested in people thinking she’s interested. “Without putting any words in my mouth, you can absolutely say that I’m seriously interested,” said Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, in the lobby of the Marriott late Friday night.

Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination. ‘‘I am. Sarah Palin is saying she is “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016, injecting some intrigued into next year’s race and the already crowded field of potential GOP candidates. But in the same conversation, she appeared to downplay her interest, suggesting she is merely keeping her option open. “It’s not a major story because 2016 really is still far off,” she said of the Palin-for-president talk. “I think it’s a major story because maybe you guys are bored,” referring to the mainstream media. (Surrounded by national reporters, she resisted referring to them as the “lamestream” media.) Then, bringing the exchange full meta, she later added, “It’s a significant step, of course, for anyone to publicly announce that they’re interested. … Who wouldn’t be interested?

As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,’’ Palin said Friday, as former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a potential 2016 rival, looked on. She said, “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.” Steve King, a conservative known for his hard-line stances against illegal immigration, and the conservative nonprofit group Citizens United. “Do you believe that the next president of the United States is going to be speaking to you today?” King asked attendees who erupted in applause. “As do I.” There were some notable absences. In neither case, she said, did she intend to steal anyone’s thunder. “My decision is based upon a review of what common-sense conservatives and independents have accomplished, especially over the last year,” Palin wrote in her announcement. “I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants.” She has campaigned for others since — including Joni Ernst, Iowa’s newest senator, who evinced rhetoric similar to some of Palin’s blunt lines when she touted her experience castrating pigs. (Some things are perhaps too descriptive for a national audience.

And Rick Santorum – who won the 2012 Iowa caucuses – appeared to give Palin a copy of his new book, which tells the story of raising a special-needs child – something that the two have in common. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., did not attend Saturday’s event. “If you choose to not attend, you really don’t know how Iowans will take that,” Citizens United President David Bossie told The Des Moines Register. By this week, when Ernst delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, she referred to a background in which she had “plowed the fields of our family farm.”) Palin has spent her time out of office working on two television shows celebrating her native Alaska and, last summer, starting a Web-based communications vehicle — www.sarahpalinchannel.com. In her remarks to ABC, Palin also suggested entering the GOP race with other potential big-name candidates — including former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are scheduled to appear Sunday at another high-profile presidential forum in Palm Springs, Calif., hosted by the political network founded by billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch.

On it resided pictures of her children, greetings to her parents, blog posts and a ticker that counted down President Obama’s remaining time in office. The Iowa forum highlights the influence social conservatives play in the Iowa caucuses, which is fertile ground for speakers like author Ben Carson, Gov. He also noted he’s been elected three times since 2010 — in a state that President Barack Obama won twice. “I think that sends a powerful message to Republicans in Washington and around the country that if you’re not afraid to go big and go bold you can actually get results,” Walker said. He also touted efforts in Wisconsin to defund Planned Parenthood, enact stricter voter identification requirements and approve a concealed-carry law for gun owners. The contenders pressed an immigration message in line with King’s, who was a leading voice against the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration overhaul.

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