Sarah Palin says she’s ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 campaign

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adriana Cohen: Sarah is the perfect foil to take on Hillary Clinton.

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. And who can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. “Things must change for our government,” Palin said. “Look at it–it isn’t too big to fail; it’s too big to succeed. 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.

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. The 2008 vice presidential nominee who quit as governor of Alaska before her first term was up is something of an echo of Donald Trump when it comes to teasing a presidential campaign that doesn’t come to fruition. 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.” With Hillary Clinton expected to be their front-runner in 2016, they’ll use her gender as a tactic to gin up support from their base — especially female voters.

She never mentioned by name either Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush, two popular moderate Republicans who are skipping the summit, though she did go after Hillary Clinton, considered the Democratic frontrunner. Both have seemed to be seeking relevance rather than the rigors — and verdict — of a campaign. (Trump appeared at the same Des Moines event Saturday, and he said he too might run for president; he also took the opportunity to savage potential opponents Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush.) It was in Pella, Iowa, that in June 2011 Palin held the premiere of a movie about her political career, with the street in front of the town’s historic opera house blocked off to add Hollywood dazzle. “It’s a tough decision; it’s a big decision to decide whether to run for office or not. I can already see Emily’s List pushing out emails nationwide saying, “Let’s make history by electing the first female president of the United States.” Yes, Sarah Palin was bludgeoned in the 2008 race by the Democratic machine, which tried to discredit her unfairly and turn her into a cartoon figure. Palin started a 30-minute speech addressing her latest rounds of controversy: defending both the film American Sniper and its protagonist, Chris Kyle. 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.

She also has a upcoming cable TV show. “It is a significant step, of course, for anyone to publicly announce that they’re interested,” Palin also told The Post. “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?” As an ardent member of the Tea Party movement, Palin since her 2008 campaign with GOP presidential nominee John McCain has remained influential in helping conservative candidates get elected in states and in Congress. If you’re a female leader on the Democratic ticket, you’re a “hero” regardless of how many times you put your foot in your mouth, embarrass yourself or worse. She also addressed the controversy that erupted recently over a picture of her youngest son Trip standing on top of the family’s pet Labrador, saying that the pet had been trained in Iowa. 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.

We haven’t forgotten Hillary Clinton saying that we should empathize with our enemies or that businesses and corporations don’t really create jobs. 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. Liberals will pounce and do everything they can to marginalize a conservative woman who runs for office no matter how educated, or talented, or accomplished she is. The reality is Sarah Palin draws huge crowds at speaking engagements, has millions of social media followers and just as many supporters across the nation.

If Sarah Palin chooses to throw her proverbial hat in the ring for 2016, there’s no doubt she’d make the race exciting and bring a welcome woman’s point of view to the GOP field.

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