Pamela - posted on 09/17/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )
Sarah Palin tends to shy away from questions regarding her presidential ambitions, but not on Friday, when she told Fox News that given some vague preconditions, she'd be willing to "give it a shot" in 2012.
In Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Reagan Dinner fundraiser -- a perennial destination for Republican presidential hopefuls -- the ex-governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee said she'd be "willing" to go head to head with President Barack Obama if voters think she's "the one."
"If the American people were to be ready for someone who is willing to shake it up, and willing to get back to time-tested truths, and help lead our country towards a more prosperous and safe future and if they happen to think I was the one, if it were best for my family and for our country, of course I would give it a shot," Palin said. "But I'm not saying that it's me. I know I can certainly make a difference without having a title. I'm having a good time doing exactly that right now."
Palin has shown little hesitation when it comes to endorsing candidates -- most of them backed by the tea party -- in Republican primaries this year. Recent polling, however, suggests her support may be a double-edged sword. In a CBS poll released Wednesday, only 21 percent of respondents reported a favorable opinion of Palin, and even among self-identified conservative respondents her favorables rose no higher than 50 percent.
With that in mind, the White House may be happy to pit Obama against Palin in two years. Earlier Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the ex-governor's trip to Iowa and said Palin "may well be, in all honesty, the most formidable force in the Republican Party right now."
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), another tea party kingmaker, told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Thursday night, "I'm not going to run for president." But DeMint quickly reopened the door to a 2012 bid, adding, "I have no intentions, no plans, but I don't want to think past 2010 right now."
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