Sarah Palin said on Wednesday that she is still “seriously considering” a run for the presidency and is waiting to see how the rest of the Republican field shapes up before making a decision.
“I’m still not ready to make an announcement,” the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, citing her family as her No. 1 point of concern. “It’s a monumental leap for a family to put themselves out there again in the limelight and be … ready for the scrutiny that ensues in a campaign,” Palin, a self-styled martyr of the “lame-stream media,” said.
Palin’s refusal to take herself out of the running raises the possibility of an interesting fight for tea party support between her and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., another outspoken female trailblazer who shares a similar fan base. Asked specifically about Bachmann, Palin wouldn't take the bait, instead insisting she needs "to hear more from all of them."
Though Bachmann indicated on Tuesday that she would move her June deadline to fill the void left among the evangelical constituency in the wake of Mike Huckabee’s exit from the race, Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben was reluctant to sign off on the notion.
“The congresswoman is still looking at how to get to ‘yes,’ ” he told National Journal. “She’s still looking, still working to put together the pieces of the organization and the plan that will make it a successful run. It’s still being worked on, and she could make a decision prior to June, but … [June] is the framework she’s always given, and that’s still accurate.”
Meanwhile, Palin said she wouldn't adhere to "media-assigned deadlines," but would base her timeline on legal filing dates, reiterating what sources close to Palin have told National Journal would result in an announcement closer to late summer. Palin signaled on Fox that she's waiting to see if another Republican emerges who matches her moxie and conservative values.
“I’m looking for others who are ready to go rogue,” she said. “I want to make sure we have a candidate out there with tea party principles.”
But Palin described an ideal resume remarkably similar to her own, saying she wanted a candidate who has a proven ability to “veto overspending” (an authority that members of Congress don’t have), supported the Second Amendment, and “lived a fiscally conservative lifestyle.”
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