Sarah Palin considering 2014 Senate bid

Sarah Palin said Monday she has considered running for Senate in 2014, although she suggested she would rather see someone else run for the seat held by Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).

“I've considered it, because people have requested me considering it," she told radio host Sean Hannity. "But I’m still waiting to see 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 politicians in the state."

She added, “I, along with anybody, would have to say that I would do whatever I could to help. And, you know, if that was part of that help, then it would have to be considered.”

A Republican poll recently found that Palin would tie Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell in a Senate primary. The survey was done for The Tea Party Leadership Fund, a small tea party organization that has spent little money on campaigns. The group is encouraging Palin to get in the race.

But Palin is an expert at keeping political rumors alive -- she spent over a year hinting at a 2012 presidential campaign that never happened.

"Personally, I'll believe it when I see it," tweeted Brian Walsh, a Republican strategist and former spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "She does a good job keeping her name out there on one thing or another though."

Republicans have a solid candidate in Treadwell, who has already announced his bid, but he could face a primary challenge from Joe Miller.

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