Palin Points to Late-Summer Presidential Decision

Palin Points to Late-Summer Presidential Decision

By Scott Conroy - July 13, 2011

Decision day is rapidly approaching for Sarah Palin, and for the first time the former Alaska governor has indicated a time frame for when she will make a decision about whether to run for president.

"You know, 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," Palin told Sean Hannity during an appearance Wednesday night on Fox News.

Palin has been relatively quiet over the past month, as she returned to her home in Alaska after a brief appearance in the nation's first voting state of Iowa to attend the premiere of "The Undefeated" -- a documentary extolling her leadership in Alaska, which opens in select theaters nationwide on Friday.

Asked about her recent comment to Newsweek that she could win a general election, Palin said that while does believe that she could beat President Obama, she would also consider supporting another Republican candidate -- if she felt that he or she met certain requirements that she looks for in a national leader.

"I'm not wholly confident that we have that field set yet that that one individual is in the field," Palin said. "So I'm still thinking about being one that would offer myself up in the name of service, knowing confidently that I have those common-sense, fiscally conservative, pro-private sector experience and ideas that can be put to good work for this country."

Palin said that if she were a member of Congress, she would not vote to raise the debt ceiling, although she reiterated her belief that the ceiling will in fact be raised. She also said that she did not believe it was "necessarily the case" that economic catastrophe would result if the debt limit were not raised by the Aug. 2 deadline.

"We cannot default, but we cannot afford to retreat right now either," Palin said. "Now is not the time to retreat. It's the time to reload. And we reload with reality by giving facts and numbers to the American public so that those of us across the U.S. can start chiming in and letting our representatives know that we will not capitulate. We will not hand over more power, which I believe is unconstitutional, to President Obama to further manipulate our economy."

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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