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Sarah Palin said Sunday she would run for President if she believed it was "the right thing to do" for the country and her family, and tore into President Obama for acting like he believed Americans should "shut up" and accept his policies
Asked on Fox News Sunday "why wouldn't you run for President," Palin said, "I would. I would if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family. Certainly, I would do so."
"I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," Palin said. "I don't know if it's going to be ever seeking a title, though." Referring to her new role as a Fox News analyst, she said, "It may be just doing a darn good job as a reporter or covering some of the current events."
But Palin's answers on a possible presidential run have been carefully hedged. A Fox News reporter asked her Saturday whether she would "jump in the ring and challenge Obama" if she felt "the time was right."
"I would be willing to if I believe that it's right for the country," she said. "Today I see many, many other men and women across our country who are in as strong or stronger position than I am to take on the White House and if they're in a better position than I in three years, I'll support them."
Palin, fresh off an appearance at the Tea Party movement's first national convention, made clear that she would actively get involved in party primary contests during the midterm elections just as she did last year in supporting a Conservative Party candidate in upstate New York over what she considered a too-liberal Republican, and as she is doing now in backing Rand Paul for the GOP Senate nomination in Kentucky. Paul is the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
Palin said she wanted the "competition (in primaries) to allow the cream of the crop to rise."
She acknowledged that "there are candidates who will not seek my support because some will perceive me as being too polarizing and if they're in more liberal districts or states they won't want someone like me who has been unfortunately by the media put in a box ... So some people will shy away from my support that I could offer. But those who recognize that I do have strong opinions, a very strong independent streak in me and a lot of common sense and if they ask for my help, I'm gonna give it to them."
On Fox News Sunday, Palin said the Tea Party movement had grown because "both major parties, the D's and the R's, have both kind of lost their way in some respects."
"When the GOP strays from the planks in the platform, a people's movement like the Tea Party movement is invited in to kind of hold these politicians accountable again and remind them of their constitutional limits there on the federal level," she said.
Asked to evaluate Obama's presidency so far, Palin said, "He has some misguided decisions that he is making that he is expecting us to just kind of sit down and shut up and accept, and many of us are not going to sit down and shut up."
Palin said Obama has a "general persona, I think ... when he's up there at a ...lectern ... and he is telling us, basically, 'I know best. My people here in the White House know best, and we are going to tell you that yes, you do want this essentially nationalized health care system.' And we're saying, 'No, we don't.' "
Palin also called for the resignations of Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. She criticized Holder for the administration decision to try accused terrorists in civil courts rather than before military tribunals. She said Emanuel should resign for describing as "retarded" liberal activists who planned to air ads attacking conservative Democrats.
Emanuel has apologized, but Palin, whose son has Down's Syndrome and who has highlighted the special needs issue, said it was not enough.
However, she stood by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who said in response to the uproar over Emanuel's remarks, "Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards. "I mean these people, these liberal activists are kooks."
Palin said Limbaugh was satirizing political correctness. "I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with 'f'ing retards,' she said. "And we did know that Rahm Emanuel -- it's been reported -- did say that. There's a big difference there."
As for liberal activists, Palin said, "They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh."
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