Sarah Palin said she has considered running for Senate in 2014.
“I’ve considered it because people have requested me considering it,” she said on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Tuesday. “But I’m still waiting to see you know what the lineup will be and hoping that there…will be some new blood, new energy, not just kind of picking from the same old politician in the state.”
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele suggested Palin believes she could be that new blood.
“Sarah’s position in most political fights, whether it’s within the party or externally, she’s always positioned herself outside of that typical mainstream group of leadership,” Steele said during Morning Joe Wednesday. “I think also she’s looking down the road as a warm-up to ‘16, not to say that Sarah is running, but positioning herself maybe as a senator from Alaska on a national stage.”
A poll earlier this year found that Palin has little support among Alaskans. Only 16% said Palin should consider a presidential run in 2016, a February poll by Public Policy Polling found.
The former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate said she has a “heart for service” and would consider a run if it would “help the cause.” Since resigning mid-term as governor amid an ethics violation investigation, Palin has worked on and off as a Fox contributor.
If she ran, she would challenge Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat. Begich was one of four red-state Democrats who voted against background checks in the Senate, which critics said was a defensive move from a senator up for re-election next term.