Palin Won't Rule Out Third-Party Run No need if GOP 'gets back' to conservative base, but she'll see By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff Posted Dec 8, 2009 1:47 PM CST 45 comments Comments Sarah Palin interacts with a customer during a book-signing event. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Sarah Palin might just consider running for president in 2012 on a third-party ticket if the GOP doesn’t get its conservative bona fides back in order. Of course, “if the Republican party gets back to that base, I think our party is going to be stronger and there's not going to be a need for a third party,” she told conservative talk show host Lars Larson. “But I'll play that by ear in these coming months, coming years." That "sounds like Palin leaving the door wide open," writes Chris Cillizza in his Washington Post blog. "As we have written before, Palin is not—and never will be—a candidate of the Republican establishment. Given that, and the unpredictability she demonstrated in her stunning decision to resign as governor over the summer, no potential avenue to the presidency should be ruled out."