In late 2013, Examiner.com reported on a possible 2016 presidential run by former governor of Alaska and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. In the months have followed, the story has been gaining traction.
The original story can be read in italics below, written in November of 2013, but since then, the former Alaska Governor and Tea Party favorite has dropped even more hints at a run for the White House. In March of 2014, Palin was interviewed on Fox News by Greta Van Susteren and was asked about a possible 2016 run. Palin's response of "never say never" left many doors wide open.
"It sounds cliche, but you never say never. Now, I -- at this point in time, I don't have a team of people, you know, getting out there doing these poll-tested whatever they do to let you know if you should run or not. I don't have any of that kind of organization going. I'll never say never.
It depends on what it is that Americans really, really want in a candidate. If they want a fighter, if they want someone who can so respect our exceptionalism, everything that makes America great, the promise of America. And if we don't find that, then I would run."
Palin also garnered major attention in March during the final day of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, when she took to the stage with chants of "Run Sarah, Run" coming from the crowd. As CNN points out, Palin left the crowd wanting more.
"The former Republican vice presidential candidate and tea party favorite closed out the Conservative Political Action Conference as the final keynote speaker, energizing a big crowd to the point where it erupted into chants of "Run, Sarah Run!"
In a rabble-rousing speech on Saturday outside Washington, Palin hit the right-wing high notes - from the Benghazi terror attack and IRS targeting to the "War on Women" and political correctness."
Palin is also returning to TV with a new show on the Sportsman Channel titled "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," which could also be a launching pad for her to get back into the spotlight.
Will Sarah Palin give it a shot in 2016? Only time will give the correct answer to that question, but if she does, far right conservatives will cheer her on while liberals cross their fingers that she gets the party's nomination knowing that they would have a very strong chance to keep the White House "blue" for another four years.
Original story below:
In 2008, Republican candidate for president, John McCain knew he had to make a splash if he was going to defeat Barack Obama and become the President of the United States. Together with his staff, the decision was made to bring governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate and potential Vice President. While the initial reaction was positive among conservatives, Palin drew tremendous crowds across the country, the bubble was soon popped when Palin's knowledge was put to the test, highlighted by an uncomfortable interview with Katie Couric.
While the McCain/Palin ticket ended up on the losing end in 2008, the Palin legend grew to cult like status and has been seen as the queen of the Tea Party. After a gig on Fox News, her own reality show and multiple books and movies being released about the former governor, Palin has been stumping for Republicans across the country and taking the chance to attack President Obama as often as she can along the way.
According to a report in the Inquisitr, Sarah Palin might be planning a possible run for president in 2016. The article notes the frequent appearance dates Palin has increased over the next few months. The Inquisitr also points out Palin's upcoming speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition as well as Palin's upcoming appearance at Rev. Billy Graham birthday celebration. Palin is releasing a new book this holiday season titled "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," which highlights the alleged "war on Christmas."
In a recent article in the Washington Times, the idea of a Jeb Bush/Sarah Palin ticket has been floating around conservative circles. Labeled as “the GOP’s only chance” by American Thinker contributor Michael Sheppard, a Bush/Palin ticket would, if nothing else, drum up support from conservatives across the country and tap into many factions within the divided Republican party.
“A Jeb Bush/president - Sarah Palin/vice-president ticket covers all the Electoral College, Evangelical, pro-life, centrist-conservative, experienced governorships, male/female bases.
Both are strongly vetted and most certainly there is nothing in Palin’s life that has not be diced and sliced, disproved and shown to be a product of leftist hate. Even in liberal circles there has been grudging acceptance that Jeb Bush ran a successful administration in Florida and that he is ‘not George W.’“
Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show on October 13th and the idea of another run for office was brought up, this time as a possible Senator in 2014. Palin couldn't give a straight answer and seemed to dodge the idea.
A Sarah Palin run for president stretches farther than a mainstream push from the right-wing media. A grassroots effort from Tea party conservatives have found their way on social media, creating a presence on Facebook and multiple blogs in an attempt to bring support to a possible Palin run in 2016. Even the popular conservative blog "Red State," run by Fox News host Eric Erickson, promoted the idea of a Palin run just weeks after the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012 and the Los Angeles Times brought up the idea only two weeks after the 2012 election.
If Sarah Palin does decide to run, those on the far right of the political spectrum will surly be excited and ready to go. Teaming her up with Jeb Bush would provide a more serious threat to Democrats, but Palin is often seen as out of touch by average Americans and her image might possibly be too tarnished to be taken seriously by those outside the Tea Party. With a Hillary Clinton run all but certain to happen, a Clinton vs Palin battle for president in 2016 could end up being the most lopsided election the nation's history.