Palin says debate pushes back her decision on running in 2012
Sarah Palin told Fox News listeners last night following the debate that the debate, co-hosted by CNN and the Tea Party Express, validated the movement and that she no longer considers the end of September her deadline for making a decision on a presidential run.
“I was very pleased with this debate and very excited about the validation of the tea party movement,” Palin told Fox’s Greta VanSusten.
“The winner in this really, I believe, was the tea party movement and that validation of what it is that we’ve been talking about for two years now.”
Palin had high praise for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, noting that he was the only one to discuss going after government fraud, waste and “crony capitalism.”
“Hopefully what he talked about could help teach his colleagues up their on the stage,” she added, speculating that some of the 2012 candidates “don’t have a real strong record to stand on” when it comes to such discussions.
But “any of them” with their “pro-private sector” beliefs, she said, would be better than the failed policies of the Obama administration.
When it comes to her own potential presidential aspirations, however, Palin continues to be coy.
“I’m not going to let the media tell me or dictate when a drop-dead date should be,” Palin said.
“I still have that same old dopey, same old answer that I’m sure you guys are getting sick of hearing, and that is I’m still thinking about it, praying about it, contemplating, talking to my family. I’m sick of giving the same answer, believe me. I’m anxious to give an answer and get on with life one way or the other. But whichever direction life takes me, I’m going to continue to speak up for we the people and that tea Party movement and the mama grizzlies.”
Her present role, she said, is to keep raising issues that candidates should be talking about while on the stump because she believes those in the campaign are following her lead.
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