Don’t count Sarah Palin out of the 2012 cards yet.
Following her remarks at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi on Saturday, Palin will make a stop in Israel next week before returning to the United States, her chief of staff, Michael Glassner, has confirmed to National Journal.
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“I’m thankful to be able to travel to Israel on my way back to the U.S.,” Palin said in a statement. “As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel.”
Her first international trip in three months -- including a stop in a country that's considered a must-see for presidential contenders -- appears designed to solidify Palin's foreign policy credentials, standard operating behavior for politicians mulling a potential White House bid. The seeming sign of interest comes at a time when speculation has been growing that Palin would not make the race.
Recent polls have shown Palin's numbers dropping, and her star has been at least partially eclipsed by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who appeals to a similar GOP constituency and who, unlike Palin, has been making an active effort to woo voters in states where the first contests of the presidential campaign will be held next year.