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article imageSarah Palin says it's not too late to jump into the GOP prez race

By Joan Firstenberg     Dec 19, 2011 in Politics
Juneau - Sarah Palin, who said in October she would not be a candidate in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, now says it's not too late for "anyone" to jump in. In the fall, Palin had said her family came first, ahead of politics.
Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate, revived the possibility that she might join the race for the 2012 Republican nomination for the White House. She said it on the Fox Business Network's "Follow the Money" show, during an interview.
“It’s not too late for folks to jump in. Who knows what will happen in the future."
The New York Daily News reports that with that comment, Palin has reignited speculation that her political future could be in Washington. She may be responding to polls in key states that suggest that many republican voters are looking for a candidate other than Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich to run against President Obama.
The Huffington Post reports that Palin may not actually be including herself in the list of "folks" she refers to. It is within possibility that she maybe referring to real estate mogul Donald Trump, who wavers back and forth about whether he'll join the fray. Earlier this month, Trump bowed out as the moderator of a Republican debate because he couldn't rule out mounting a third-party run later in 2012 should the GOP primary produce a candidate he finds unacceptable.
Palin does have many supporters around the country who are constantly asking her and pushing her to rethink her earlier decision to stay out of the race. And over the weekend, Palin was dismissive of the field when asked on a FOX News show about who she will endorse.
“I am just not there yet ... with the field as it stands,”
Palin's persistent fans last month launched an ad in Iowa urging her to jump into the race because of their dissatisfaction with the current field. That sentiment is also evident among the ranks of many conservatives, as Tea Party leaders recently told the Associated Press that they remain "disappointed" with their choices.
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