Palin May Eye Senate Stop on Road to 2012

VP nominee sketches a path to 2012
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 11:17 AM CST
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, is joined by Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – If Sarah Palin makes a run for the presidency in 4 years—a widely anticipated possibility—she'll need a more visible post than the governorship of Alaska, writes the Washington Post. Palin might well gun to polish her resume in the Senate, especially if a victorious Ted Stevens is forced out of office. Although Palin commands a deep allegiance from the conservative faithful, the former VP nominee will face stiff competition for the 2012 nod.

In a race with no clear frontrunner, Palin would have to outmaneuver both Mitt Romney and governors like Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty to get the nomination. While the moderate wing of the GOP disdains her, her impressive fundraising skills and unquestioned ambition would make her a formidable candidate. Asked by Rush Limbaugh if she would withdraw from politics, Palin said, "I care too much about this great country."