The former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, may be making her return to American politics. Following the death of 88-year-old Republican Representative Don Young, Palin saw a void in her Party and figured that she might be the ideal candidate to fill it. In a statement that was published online, Palin confirmed that she was open to running for the spot in the House of Representatives if she had enough support from conservative Americans to do so.
Palin discussed her chance to run for public office during an interview with Eric Bolling on Newsmax Monday.
“Oh my goodness, think of those huge shoes that are to be filled when we consider Don Young’s longevity and his passion, his love, his fighting spirit for our wonderful state of Alaska and for the nation as a whole,” she began. “If I were asked to serve in the House and take his place, I would be humbled and honored, and I would, in a heartbeat, I would.”
She added, “We’ll see how that process is going to go in terms of filling that seat. But that would be an honor.”
Bolling chuckled at the thought of Sarah Palin representing Alaskan voters. He also found it funny that the former Tea Party member and previous Vice Presidential pick under Republican Presidential nominee John McCain would be up against tough odds with the “left” running the House the way they currently are.
“Well, you know, when you have nothing to lose,” Palin answered. “When the media has already clobbered you, as bad as you can get clobbered, and the haters, you’re not going to change their mind. But you have faith that there are enough Americans who understand where you’re coming from, your love for the country, your service heart.”
As to whether or not Palin would really run for public office again, she told the Newsmax presenter that there was “nothing to lose – as is the case today.” She also suggested that her family would be entirely supportive of her running to fill the seat in Congress.
“‘I think it would be good for my family even,” she said. “Yeah, I’d serve.”
Palin was serving her first term as Alaska’s governor when Presidential hopeful John McCain picked her as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election against victorious Democrat Barack Obama. She was the first Republican woman to ever be selected to serve as vice president, which turned her into a household name practically overnight.
After losing the race to Obama, Palin announced in July 2009 that she would not seek reelection as Alaska’s governor and would be stepping down after only serving one term. Since stepping down as governor, she has not held a position in elected office ever since.
Don Young was the longest-serving member of the current Congress when he passed away on Friday. He was first sworn in for duty on behalf of the Alaskan voters after he won a special election in March 1973.
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