Sarah Palin didn’t give any indication of whether she was considering running in 2012 at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday, but she took the opportunity to defend the Tea Party and slam President Obama.
“I can tell you from hard-earned experience, with bumps and bruises along the way, that the road ahead is not easy,” she said while defending the Tea Party movement. “You will be demonized. They’ll mock you. They’ll make things up. They’ll tell you to go to hell.”
During her 40-minute speech, she criticized President Obama, painting a picture that the country is in a crisis and that will be the case until “all that is good and free and right” is restored. Palin supporters then took the opportunity to start chanting “Run, Sarah, run.”
“Barack Obama promised to cut the deficit in half. Instead he turned around and tripled it,” the former Alaska Gov. told supporters. “Barack Obama is adrift. He doesn’t make sense.”
“Who wants to win the future by investing in harebrained ideas [like] solar panels and really fast trains? … [These are] nonstarters…. All aboard Obama’s bullet train to bankruptcy,” she said.
The former 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee stayed mum on whether she was running for president when she was asked by reporters. “I’m still not ready to make any kind of an announcement,” Palin told The Des Moines Register. “I’m still trying to figure it out, if it’s the right thing to do.”
When talking to supporters on Friday outside a restaurant in Des Moines, she told supporters that she was happy with the current field of Republican candidates vying for the GOP nomination, but said that “there’s room for more.” She added, “Spirited debate and more competition will allow an even better discourse and more rigorous discourse that the public deserves.”
According to a new FOX News poll released last week, 71% of Republicans say that they don’t want Palin to run for president and 66% of those that say they are part of the Tea Party also echoed that sentiment. However, when those polled were asked who they’d vote for in a Republican primary, she polled in third behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.