Palin Considering Senate Run ‘Because People Have Requested Me Considering It’

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said Tuesday that she’s considering a run for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

The former half-term governor of Alaska said supporters have urged her to launch a challenge to Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) next year. 

“I’ve considered it because people have requested me considering it, but I’m still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that, there again, there will be some new blood, new energy, not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state that come from political families…because too many of them have been part of the problem,” Palin said during a radio interview with right-wing pundit Sean Hannity.

Palin stressed the urgency to replace the first-term Democrat.

 “I’m glad you brought that up because Sen. Mark Begich has got to be replaced,” Palin said. “He has not done what he has promised to do for the people of Alaska.”

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and tea party champion Joe Miller have both announced their intention to challenge Begich. Palin endorsed Miller in his 2010 U.S. Senate race, which he lost to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). 

 

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