On her way to the Iowa Freedom Summit, considered by many to be a launch pad for potential Republican Party presidential candidates, Sarah Palin told ABC News’ Neal Karlinsky that she would be interested in running for president in 2016.
“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,” said Palin.
The former governor of Alaska and unsuccessful running mate of John McCain in the 2008 presidential election went on to discuss the country’s need for a female head of office. “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.
News outlets immediately leapt on the story. When questioned further, Palin admitted that ‘interested’ perhaps wasn’t the right word.
“I don’t know what all the politically correct terminology is when you talk about being interested in having an opportunity to serve your country,” said Palin. “So I don’t know if that’s the right terminology or not. As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity.”
Sarah Palin became famous during the 2008 presidential campaign for her frequent gaffes and lack of expertise. If she does run for president, one can only hope she will have used the intervening time to improve her knowledge of political affairs.
In regards to foreign policy, for example, when asked on Glen Beck’s radio show how she would handle the hostilities between the two Koreas, Palin responded, “Obviously, we got to stand with our North Korean allies.”
Or who could forget her views on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare as it is known), which she expressed on her Facebook page. “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
In a field already crowded with Republican candidates and familiar names, Sarah Palin stands little chance of winning the nomination. However, another attempt on her part would sure give the media plenty to talk about.