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Sarah Palin says she still might run for president


Sarah Palin says she still might run for president

Adam Russett September 21, 2011

Although the race for the Republican nomination is well underway, Sarah Palin is still considering a bid herself. The former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential candidate told Fox News that she plans to make a decision by the end of September.

While she still might be mulling of a potential run to the White House, she may want to think twice after looking at recent poll numbers. According to USA Today, around 70 percent or Republicans are not that enthusiastic about her running for president.

"I think people are still going to be coming and going because there is still time, and I'm still one of those still considering," Palin told Fox News, for whom she is a paid contributor.

Still, while she had been about 20 points behind President Barack Obama in a hypothetical election between the two, she has since closed the gap to about five percentage points, with him narrowly winning 49 to 44 percent.

The statement by Palin comes just as the GOP field gears up for a third debate in as many weeks. Even if she does decide to run, she may be too late as both Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have done a lot to separate themselves form a field that includes Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman.

According to CNN, the same poll that paints Palin unfavorably in the eyes of Republicans also offers little condolence for Obama. It found that 49 percent of respondents planned on not voting for him in November 2012, with just 36 saying they definitely plan on supporting him.