Sarah Palin told Fox Business Network’s “Follow the Money” that it was not too late for “folks” to jump into the race. Such “folks” remained unnamed. It was not clear whether Ms. Palin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee and former governor of Alaska, was considering such a move.
“Who knows what will happen in the future?” she said.
She announced in October that she would not be a candidate herself. But she told Fox News on Sunday that she was not ready to endorse anyone. “You know, my endorsement is going to be with sincerity and enthusiasm,” she said, “and I’m just not there yet with the field as it stands.”
She said she was looking for a candidate “who understands the fiscal crisis” that America faces.
The comments come at a provocative moment, just two weeks before the Iowa caucuses begin the nomination process. No candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner, with recent polls suggesting that Newt Gingrich’s surge has ebbed and that Representative Ron Paul of Texas is on the rise. Polls also indicate that a large portion of the electorate remains undecided. The unsettled nature of the field prompted William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, to muse this week about the possibilities of a brokered convention.
It could be a good thing for the party, he wrote in the Dec. 26 issue, “because most sentient Republicans, and most conscientious conservatives, suspect we can do better than the current field.”