Sarah Palin Says She Has “That Fire In My Belly.” Will She Or Won’t She Run For President in 2012?

Last night, Sarah Palin talked to Greta van Susteren over at Fox News about whether she would be throwing her hat in the ring for president in 2012. “It’s a matter for me of some kind of practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made,” Sarah explained. “One is, with a large family understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and the sacrifices that have to be made on my children’s part in order to see their mama run for president. But yeah, the fire in the belly—it’s there.” [Politico]

I’m tempted to make the obvious joke: “No Sarah, that’s just indigestion.” But instead, after the jump, I’d like to take a look back at Sarah’s thoroughly confusing quotes about this issue over the past year. Let’s just say that she’s hinted and then recanted before.Last night, sounding ready to run and repeating the “fire in my belly” sentiment:

“I’m so adamantly supportive of the good, traditional things about America and our free enterprise system, and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track. We’ll do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.” [05/20/11, Politico]

In March, sounding still on the fence:

“I haven’t made up my mind … I’m still thinking about it. I’m tempted … I’m still wondering who the heck is going to be out there with a servant’s heart willing to serve the American people for the right reason—not for ego, not for special interests, not with obsessive partisanship.” [03/24/11, Huffington Post]

In February, hinting at a run:

“In a lot of those polls, yeah, I get my butt kicked. I look at those poll numbers and I say, ‘If I’m going to do this, I obviously gotta get out there and let people know who I am, what I stand for, and what my record is.’ I love competition. I love knowing that competition in a heated primary, it allows for some great debates, very heated discourse—all those things that we need for the voters to decide.” [02/17/11, LA Times]

Last summer, sounding not-so-White-House ready:

“I’ve never committed to running for president. That’s not where my focus is.” [08/01/10, NY Daily News]

Almost exactly a year ago, hinting that if people asked, she’d run:

“It really comes down to it’s not being about me, or what I want, or what I predict is gonna happen. … If the voters of America are in the mood for a kind of unconventional, candid, honest public servant—it doesn’t necessarily have to be me—but if that’s what they’re in the mood for, they’re going to let that be known, and they’re going to help really propel and push that candidate forward, and then that candidate, of course, will make the decision whether to run or not. Don’t know if that’s going to me, Chris [Wallace]. … As I’ve always said, I’m not going to close any door that perhaps would be open.” [05/23/10, Gawker]

And so the question remains—will she or won’t she run for president in 2012? What do you think?

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