Sarah Palin is beginning to express concerns about the 2012 Presidential election, and whether or not she would be able to compete with President Obama. In a recent interview with BBC News, Palin mentions the $1 billion dollars the President is expected to raise and alluded that this might be a deciding factor in her own presidential aspirations. “You run the race to win, that’s for sure,” Palin told BBC. She then went on to say;
“Obama has already said he’s going to spend a billion dollars (£615.4m) on this race, so money is certainly going to be a consideration.” “And just the idea of whether the American electorate is ready for someone a bit unconventional, who is willing to tell it as she sees it, not be beholden to special interest or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of doing what’s right for the voters.”
Since quitting her job as governor, Sarah Palin has already made millions in speaking fees and personal appearances. But raising anything even remotely close to the President’s goal could to be a long-shot. Her plummeting numbers in recent polls suggest an American public that have had enough of the quitter from Alaska. In a CPAC straw poll, Sarah Palin finished with only 3% of the conservative votes, placing 9th place behind the winner, Ron Paul.
Although she has saturated the airways with her presence for the last four years, Americans have finally begun to tune her out. Her apparant lack of knowledge on basic domestic and foreign policies are evident in her many gaffs, which ranges from calling North Korea an ally to criticizing the First Lady for wanting to help kids make healthier eating decisions.
And Sarah Palin was not the only one making news in the interview. Her parents disclosed that they are concerned for their lives and that of their daughter. ”As a mother I do have concerns about her safety and that of the kids… she knows how I feel, that it’s risky,” said Sarah’s mom, Sally. Her father, Chuck added, ”We sleep with the guns.”
Sarah Palin is still employed at FOX news. This too, could be an indication that she is not considering a run for 2012. Fox News have “suspended the contracts of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum,” because of the ethics dilemma their contracts poses if they consider the presidential run in 2012. As of now, Palin still collects a paycheck from the so-called, news network.
Read the BBC interview here.