Politics & Policy

Palin: 2012 Decision to Happen in August, September

Sarah Palin will likely announce her presidential decision in August or September.

“Legally, of course, there are time frames, and that time is coming rapidly in front of all of us,” Palin told Sean Hannity in an interview last night. “[In] August and September you do have to start laying out a plan if you are to be one to throw your hat in the ring, so that’s basically the time frame.”

She said that she wasn’t “fully confident” the 2012 field was set yet.

“It doesn’t have to be me,” Palin said.  “I’m not so egoistical as to think it can only be me who can turn this country around.”

But she did stress that the candidate should have “good executive experience” – a qualification that would rule out Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum.

She also spoke out against hiking the debt ceiling, saying, “”Now is not the time to retreat. It is the time to reload.”

Palin dismissed Mitch McConnell’s plan as making “no sense.”

“It does cede power to our president and takes away that authority that is inherent in Congress to control the economic decisions that have to be made when it comes to debt,” Palin said.

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Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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