She willin' -- maybe. Sarah Palin could run for president in 2012 "if nobody else were to step up" to get the economy back on track and fight those "on the extreme left who seem to want to dismantle some of our national security tools," she said Wednesday.
That's leaves a lot of wiggle room for the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate. Her comments came in response to a question from Fox News' Greta Van Susteren
: What would be a reason for her to run in two years?
"If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself in the name of service to the public. But I also know that anybody -- anybody -- can make a huge difference in this country without a title, without an office, just being out there as an advocate for solutions that can work to get the country on the right track."
Palin, who fed speculation about her intentions for 2012
with an appearance earlier this month at a GOP event in Des Moines, Iowa
, said she was currently in a "comfortable place" in her private role. Palin, since resigning as Alaska's governor midway through her term last year, has emerged as a sought-after public speaker, television personality and successful endorser of Republican candidates she considers "common-sense conservatives" or, in the case of like-minded females, "mama grizzlies."
In the interview with Van Susteren, she also took a shot at a Republican rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who is running as a write-in candidate for reelection after losing the Senate primary to Palin-endorsed Joe Miller. Murkowski, Palin said, was "fired by GOP primary voters" and is now backed by many Democrats in Alaska. Palin said Murkowski is similar to other "liberals" within the Republican Party -- "not real principled, not really grounded in where they stand on positions."
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, 2012 President
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