In an interview last night, Sarah Palin suggested that she feared she would lose influence if she decided to run for the presidency.
“Is a title worth it?” Palin said in response to a question from Fox News host Greta Van Susteren about her presidential plans. “Does a title shackle a person? Are they — someone like me, who’s a maverick — you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it, and I don’t mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively, and to find solutions to or the problems that our country is facing.”
“Somebody like me — is a title and is a campaign too shackling?” Palin continued. “Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country? That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.”
Asked if she thought she could win if she decided to run, Palin said, “I do.”