Sarah Palin ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 bid

24 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

From the Chili Kitchen to the Hotel Lobby, the Launch of Palin 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. 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.In Des Moines this weekend for the Iowa Freedom Summit, the former Republican vice presidential candidate told the Washington Post that she’s “seriously interested” in a possible campaign. 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. At least a dozen of them ate downtown tonight, at Centro, a few blocks from the Marriott that’s become a local answer to The Tabard for traveling journalists and politicians. She (very publicly) contemplated a run in 2012 before eventually announcing that she wouldn’t run. “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.” The event was hosted for the show “Amazing America with Sarah Palin. (AP Photo/The Sun, Mikayla Whitmore ) On Friday, ABC News reported that Florida Senator Marco Rubio was taking steps toward running for the presidency. From the Washington Post’s Dan Balz: Many hours and much sweat equity can be spent, by reporters, to get in the right place to lob questions at politicians.

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. The question was whether Palin’s public mulling was truly “breaking.” On social media it was being treated as such, but earlier in the day, two time zones away, Palin had told ABC News that she might be interested in running.

Palin mingled with the press while she served wild boar chili at a “Hunt.Fish.Feed” event, sponsored by the Sportsman Channel, at a local Salvation Army center. Actually, in a video interview conducted while Palin served chili and reporter Neal Karlinsky stood behind her moving arm, Palin said… let’s go to the transcript. She’s got fans though – a billion Facebook followers, it seems like – and they may want her to continue to make an effort to bash the Obama administration and Democrats and remain at least tangential to the political process. And that competition in the GOP primary — because this had better be a competition, and not a coronation — will surface that candidate who can take on, I predict, Hillary.

That’s why she posts stuff like this on her Facebook page, a poster of herself hitchhiking with a note about someone wanting to pick her up and take her to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, D.C. 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. Even Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, had been courting media attention with hours of pre-summit interviews. “There are some people speaking tomorrow that aren’t going to be candidates,” said Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann after a Friday night reporter meet-and-greet. “Sarah Palin isn’t going to be a candidate.” That remains a safe assumption, but it not what she told reporters when they walked up to her and flashed cameras.

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