WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, says she hopes to run for office again and is urging GOP leaders to have “more guts” as they pursue their agenda.
Palin said in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she is invigorated by her critics, who make her “want to work so hard for justice in this country.”
“The more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice, with the message, hopefully running for office in the future, too,” Palin said.
Palin decided not to seek the presidency in 2012 but remains a popular figure among conservatives. She hasn’t held office since resigning as governor in 2009 during her first and only term.
Palin campaigned for embattled Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts earlier this month and held a reception at her Alaska home for the gubernatorial ticket of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott.
Walker, an independent and former Republican, is challenging Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, a Republican who has held office since Palin quit. Parnell, Palin’s former lieutenant governor, dismantled the increased oil taxes that served as a key part of Palin’s agenda while she served as governor.
In the interview, Palin said Republican leaders “need more guts” and have confidence in what the party stands for. She cited Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah as “good leaders” who have been bold and courageous.