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

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate was asked if she’s interested in running for the White House. 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.Sarah Palin has left the door cracked on a possible 2016 run for president of the US, saying she is interested in the campaign and adding that she thinks it’s time the US elects a female head of state.

Sarah Palin (R) continued to tease a potential bid for the Republican nomination for president this week leading up to a Saturday address at the Iowa Freedom Summit. 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? The former governor of Alaska, and running mate of John McCain in an unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, didn’t come out and say she would be running for president, but she didn’t quite rule out the possibility of running. “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,” Ms Palin reportedly said to ABC News on Thursday. “We definitely had enough of seeing that — America has had enough of seeing that — sign on the Oval Office door saying, ‘No Girls Allowed.’ I know that,” she said.

Jeb Bush and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney are considering presidential runs and are testing the waters, as well as the Republican fundraising machine. “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,“ she said. ”I am very interested in that competitive process and, again, not necessarily me.” 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. On the campaign trail last year, Palin traveled extensively to bolster her handpicked candidates, including stops in Iowa with Republican Joni Ernst, who won a Senate seat.

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