Palin Plans Return to National Stage

Ex-Guv will campaign for any 'nonpartisans' who share her views
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2009 10:35 AM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the Lions Club Wednesday, July 8, 2009 in Conroe, Texas. Perry said Sarah Palin is committed to campaigning for his re-election.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin plans to spend her post-gubernatorial free time traveling the nation, stumping for "nonpartisan" politicians. She'll support those "who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she tells the Washington Times in an exclusive interview. But Palin's plans will only work if other politicians want to be associated with her—and many don't.

The conservative governor, whose husband and son are registered in Alaska as "nonpartisans," is deeply unpopular among Democrats, and even 55% of independents would love to have seen the last of her. That likely won't stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry from enlisting Palin's support in his re-election bid. And as for her own ambitions, Palin is "not ruling out anything."
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