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The latest from the “12 in 2012” series on Fox News on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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From the moment John McCain made Sarah Palin his surprise choice for his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, it was clear the Alaska governor was a new Republican star.

Palin drew huge, enthusiastic crowds, but also became the target of ridicule on TV shows like “Saturday Night Live.”

She had to bat down rumors about her family, listen to sniping about her wardrobe and who paid for it and face downright loathing from candidates and pundits alike.

Two years — and many interviews later — her star power, and the constant attacks from the left, endure. And that combination makes her decision whether to run for president in 2012 one of the most important milestones in a race that is just beginning.

“I still don’t know,” Palin told Fox News’ Bret Baier about a possible bid. “You know, if there are others out there who are principled and hardworking and willing to make the sacrifices that you need to make as an individual, as a family, as a candidate, as an elected official, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll be their biggest supporter.

“But if, Bret, there’s nobody else that, I think, is willing to make the tough decisions and isn’t so caught up in, in the political machine that they believe that they have to compromise, then I’d be willing to make the sacrifices, and, um, run for office,” she said.

Kind of a “wait and see” attitude it seems, however, which candidate might she find acceptable I wonder? Could she support Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee or others? Some feel her 2012 campaign is inevitable, that she’s likely running. I am not of that persuasion yet, I am not convinced she wants to run a campaign when she seems to have more power in electing conservatives from right where she sits.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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