Although conceding she had gone “back and forth” in her internal deliberations about whether to pursue a presidential run, Sarah Palin appeared completely at peace with her final decision to not run in an interview tonight.
“After prayerful consideration and a lot of discussion with the family, I concluded that I believe I can be an effective voice in a real decisive role in helping get true public servants elected to office,” Palin told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, noting she planned to be active in Senate, House, and gubernatorial races this cycle in addition to the presidential race.
“I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision,” Palin added. “I’ve been hearing from them in the last couple of hours. But I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that really, you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country. I think that I’m proof of that.”
Speaking about her deliberations, Palin said she had at times worried that if she didn’t run, she would lose her influence, wondering if “politically speaking, will I die? Will I be ineffective?” But she said her experience in the hours after she had announced her decision had confirmed “beyond a shadow of a doubt” that she made the right call.
Palin cited Chris Christie’s press conference announcing he wasn’t running as why she had chosen to make her announcement on Mark Levin’s radio program. “To tell you the truth, I made my announcement today, in the format that I did, because that was his [Christie’s] seven millionth no and I didn’t want to go through all of that. I wanted to just kind of put the marker down and say no, I’m not running, not have a big press conference about it, not make a big darn deal about it, because this isn’t about me, and it’s not about Chris Christie,” Palin said, adding that it was about Americans working to get good people elected.
Speaking about the 2012 field, she struck a surprisingly pragmatic note, cautioning that “there is no one perfect candidate.”
“A politician is going to let you down, going to make decisions that you don’t entirely agree with,” she observed, stressing the importance of debates and campaigns for allowing voters to vet the candidates properly.
Asked about Herman Cain specifically, Palin was enthusiastic. “Herman Cain is not a politician. He has the business acumen and that background in the private sector knowing how to create jobs and make a bottom line. . . . I look forward to hearing more details about Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 program and what he proposes in terms of reducing taxes even further,” she commented.
She also spoke warmly about Steve Jobs, noting the joy her son Trig has using an iPad. “He will surely be missed,” Palin said of Jobs.