Steele: Palin Run in 2012 'Off the Table'
Alaska gov. needs time to sort out the current 'financial mess'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2009 5:29 PM CDT
In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 picture, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele speaks after being elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – A Sarah Palin presidential run in the next election is “off the table,” Michael Steele tells Fox News. "Not having talked to the governor, I take 2012 off the table right now simply because (of) everything she's going through personally,” said the Republican party chief. Palin's busy “dealing with the financial mess that all these ludicrous investigations have put her in. At the moment, I think she's trying to focus on getting her personal house in order.”

Nonetheless, Steele welcomes Palin’s ability to draw crowds and financial support for the benefit of other Republican candidates. “I look forward to welcoming her out and helping us in our campaigns this fall if and when she's ready to do that,” he said. “Sarah Palin will be the ultimate arbiter of when she will engage and how she will engage.”