Sarah Palin, back in Iowa, and back to hinting at a White House run

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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. DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is ‘‘seriously interested’’ in running for the White House in 2016.

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. 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. 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.” The forum highlights the influence social conservatives play in the Iowa caucuses, which is fertile ground for speakers like author Dr. 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.”

The 50-year-old Palin made her comments before speaking on Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, the first big conservative gathering of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates. 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. 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 — 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.

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.-Mexico) border within a year,” Carson told a cheering crowd. “You have to get rid of all the things that are drawing (the undocumented) in here,” he added, “Instead of getting a pass from the government you should get a criminal activity on your record.”

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