Palin confirms: She's going into national politics

Some people had speculated the governor was leaving politics for good, but she's got other plans

Published July 13, 2009 6:30PM (EDT)

When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she plans to resign from her post, some people -- most notably NBC's Andrea Mitchell -- said it was a move that signaled her exit from politics altogether. But the conventional wisdom has always been that Palin's decision was a step towards a career in national politics. For once, the conventional wisdom appears to be right.

At the very least, the governor says, she'll be campaigning in the lower 48 for candidates who share her philosophy -- Democrat, or Republican, she says.

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," Palin told the Washington Times in an interview published Sunday.

As for the presidential run everyone's been speculating about, Palin said, "I'm not ruling out anything. It is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age. Let me peek out there and see if there's an open door somewhere. And if there's even a little crack of light, I'll hope to plow through it."

In the first six months of this year, Palin's political action committee raised more than $700,000.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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