Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin indicated over the weekend she may step back into the political arena to mount a GOP primary challenge against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is already facing a challenger backed by former President Donald Trump.
In an interview, the former governor and Fox News contributor said she would make her decision based on whether she felt it was God’s will and the “state wants me to or needs me to.”
“If God wants me to do it I will,” Palin told Ché Ahn, head of the New Apostolic Reformation movement, in a video posted on Instagram late last month.
Palin, 57, was the running mate to the late Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican won the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. The duo lost to then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his running mate, then-Sen. Joe Biden.
Palin, in her interview, said that she endured a phalanx of investigations, allegations, liberal press attacks, and scrutiny that led her to ultimately resign as governor of Alaska the following year.
Over the past several years, she divorced her long-time husband, Todd Palin, and retreated to the great outdoors of her state. She noted that in order to run against Murkowski, it would represent considerable “sacrifice” as she would then have to go to the “bubble of Washington, D.C.,” if she won.
As for Murkowski, she’s been deemed by politicos to be one of the most vulnerable of Senate Republicans next year because she will not get Trump’s endorsement after she voted to impeach him for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol that turned into a riot and led to a breach of the building.
Also, Trump has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka who is challenging Murkowski.
But, Palin said, Tshibaka may not have nearly enough name recognition to pull off a GOP primary victory next spring.
“The kind of scary thing about it is, I’ve been in politics it seems like all my life up there in Alaska, and I’ve never heard of her,” Palin said in a video posted on Instagram.
For the first time next year, Alaska will utilize ranked-choice voting. A Democratic pollster has already projected that Tshibaka would beat Murkowski and take her seat if the vote was held last month.
For Palin’s part, she criticized the mild support she earned from Christians during her failed 2008 vice presidential bid, which she said ultimately led to her leaving politics.
“What I would do, if I were to announce, I would [say], ‘you know what, you guys better be there for me this time, because a lot of people were not there for me last time,” Palin said.
“And that’s why characterization, why, I got clobbered,” she added.
In a statement in June, Trump backed Tshibaka, the former state commissioner of administration, while calling three-term Murkowski “bad for Alaska.”
“Murkowski has got to go!” he wrote.
“Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will. Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America First,” he continued.
“She is MAGA all the way, pro-energy, strong on the Border, tough on Crime and totally supports our Military and our great Vets,” the former president added.
Syndicated with permission from USA Features news.