Sarah Palin’s political team is fighting back against emerging speculation she will run for president, saying anyone claiming to have special knowledge about her plans is maliciously misleading the American people.
Reports in recent days indicated the former Alaska governor might announce her intentions at a tea party rally in Iowa on Sept. 3, and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove on Sunday predicted that Palin would run.
According to a statement posted to the Web site of Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, they’re all wrong. And they’re not only wrong; they’re also out to get her.
“Any professional pundit claiming to have ‘inside information’ regarding Governor Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong, but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public,” reads the statement. “These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the ‘politics-as-usual’ that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career.”
There have yet to be any definitive reports Palin has made a final decision or that said decision would be announced on Sept. 3. But a series of teases from the Palin campaign — including a visit to Iowa just before the Ames Straw Poll and an Iowa-themed web video previewing her Sept. 3 speech — have led to increased speculation about just what her plans are.
By releasing a statement Tuesday, though, Palin’s team only ups that ante on that will-she-or-won’t-she politico parlor game. But analysts note Palin has been granting interviews, speaking, and stumping as vigorously as the candidates who have declared themselves.
The move may also be intended to reduce pressure ahead of Palin's expected Sept. 3 speech. If attendees came to the speech expecting her to announce her intentions, failing to meet those expectations could lead to disappointment.
Or to keep what Palin and her supporters regard as a left-leaning media hostile to her platform of conservative and religious values until she actually enters the race. For Palin, a known political brand with a strong media presence, holding her fire and entering the race later may have notable advantages.
It both allows for the now-large GOP crop of candidates to be pruned reducing the voices Palin would have to compete with while simultaneously minimizing the window in which it is acceptable for pundits and opponents to take aim at her.
Palin’s timetable for a decision is still in question. She previously said the end of September would be a “fair timeline” for making a decision, but added it was merely “a possibility for a timetable.”