Sarah Palin: I will decide by Sept whether to run (VIDEO)
Des Moines, Iowa -- Sarah Palin dropped by the Iowa State Fair Friday -- ahem, coincidentally, on the day that most of the other DECLARED candidates were speaking -- to say that....drumroll....she hasn't decided yet whether to run for President.
But she says she will decide by September. "Practically speaking," Palin said Friday just outside the hog barn, "it has to be."
"I don't want to be seen as or perceived as stringing people along. Asking supporters 'Oh, don't jump in there on somebody else's bandwagon because I may jump in. So hold off a little bit.' That's not fair to them after another month or two," Palin said as she toured the fairgrounds with her husband, Todd...and nine million reporters.
There's still time to jump in she said. Besides, she said, she'd be running a "very" grassroots campaign and wouldn't be hiring anybody as campaign operatives from inside the Washington bubble.
She isn't sticking around for Saturday's Ames Straw Poll. "Don't want to step on anyone's toes," she said. "So we'll be out of here."
She also said she was "thankful" that Gov. Rick Perry is entering the race, but that won't affect her decision. But Perry's decision to run "surprised" her.
"I was quite sure he wasn't going to run because he was quite adamant about four months ago," Palin said. "So it surprised me."
"Evidently he evolved in his thinking," Palin said.
Let's go to the Shaky Hand here, which provides a unique perspective on Gov. Palin -- the back of her head. We post it because we know there is an unquenchable thirst for all thingss Palin...no matter how lame the videocamera work is.
So if she's not sticking here for the straw poll and not running for president and not stumping for anybody else, then why would she come to the Iowa at the EXACT SAME TIME as the straw poll.
She said she was here as "an invited guest" and her One Nation bus tour is always checking out "historic sites"...like the Iowa State Fair. "But," she added "at the same time getting to learn a lot more about what's important to Iowa."