Firebrand conservative Sarah Palin hasn’t served in public office since she resigned as governor of Alaska shortly after the 2008 election, when she was selected to run on the Republican ticket alongside presidential nominee John McCain in what was ultimately an unsuccessful campaign for the White House.
Now, however, Palin is indicating that she may be ready to get back into the fight. In an interview this week, the Alaska Republican said she “would love to” make a return to elected office and do more to serve the American people, The Daily Wire reported.
“Never say never”
In the interview, Newsmax host Eric Bolling noted how “popular” Palin once was among conservatives. “Do you have aspirations to get back into elected office, or anything more in politics? What’s next for Sarah Palin?” he asked her.
“I would love to. I would never say never,” Palin replied, according to The Daily Wire. “I feel like there are still some offerings that I have in terms of a servant’s heart. I want to serve. I want to help the people.”
Palin also suggested she’d be the right pick for the job.
“I think I have a heck of a lot of common sense, and that’s what we need today,” she remarked. “I’m not so obsessively partisan that I’d let that get in the way of just doing what’s right for the people. So, I would love to.”
.@SarahPalinUSA on running for office again: “I’m not so obsessively partisan that I’d let that get in the way of just doing what’s right for the people so I would love to.” @ericbolling pic.twitter.com/zF4iFrtTxQ
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 29, 2021
“If God wants me to”
After exiting public office, Palin made the shift over to political punditry, according to the Daily Caller, and was even a Fox News contributor between 2010 and 2015. She went on to support then-candidate Donald Trump in his own bid for the presidency.
If she does decide to throw her hat back into the political ring, Palin’s most likely target would be Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a moderate Alaska Republican who will be fighting to keep her spot in Congress’ upper chamber in the 2022 midterms.
“If God wants me to do it I will,” Palin said in July of mounting a challenge against Murkowski, according to the Daily Caller.
Notably, Palin didn’t express to Bolling what office she might seek should she mount another campaign.
And while a Senate could certainly still happen for Palin, another challenger has emerged against Murkowski in the form of Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka, who has already earned the endorsements of former President Trump and the Alaska Republican Party to unseat the unpopular incumbent senator, according to The Daily Wire.