Sarah Palin at Iowa State Fair

at 12:59 PM ET, 08/12/2011


Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) holds a baby during her visit to the the Iowa State Fair on Friday in Des Moines. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) answered questions at the Iowa State Fair today, again saying that she was still a possible presidential candidate but not ready to make a decision.

“There is a lot of contemplation that goes on within the family,” said former Alaska governor about a 2012 bid during a brief chat with reporters at the Iowa State Fair today.

Dressed in black jeans, a white T- shirt and sporting an American flag bracelet, Palin ventured to the edge of an area marked “private” where she and her husband Todd were eating lunch to talk to Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody.

Palin said she had made no decision on running but that she didn’t want to keep her supporters waiting “in perpetuity”.

She added that she planned to eat “Twinkies and everything else” during her visit.

Asked by the Des Moines Register whether she was endorsing anyone in Saturday’s straw poll, Palin demurred. “Oh, you know the process hasn’t even played itself out yet, so no on premature endorsements,” she said. “And I haven’t even decided yet if I’m going to jump in or not yet.”

She added that she would not be attending the straw poll, saying “I hope I don’t step on anybody’s toes.”

She had praise for her 2012 rivals . Palin complimented former House Newt Gingrich’s combative performance in last night’s Fox News’ debate, saying he did well by “calling out the press.” She defended former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who said Thursday that “corporations are people,” saying, “It’s the people who pay the taxes. So Mitt Romney was right.”

She denied any tension with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) saying, “Just because there may happen to be two women in the race, that they would you know as Michele had put it once, get in the mud and engage in some catfighting that’s ridiculous. It’s kind of even a sexist notion to consider that two women would be kind of duking it out.”

But Palin threw cold water on rumors that she would endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is set to launch his campaign this weekend. She called Perry a “great guy” but added that she would back him only “if at the end of the line he’s the one left standing.”

Palin made her plan to attend the fair known earlier this week, but otherwise she gave no details of her plans. Even employees of Fox News, where she is employed, were apparently unaware of her whereabouts.

“We are very happy to jump back on the bus for another leg of our ‘One Nation Tour’! We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week,” Palin wrote in an e-mail to supporters Wednesday.

Palin is not in Saturday’s Ames straw poll and has done little to suggest she is planning a presidential run. She says she will not make a final decision until September.

Yet Palin has a way of popping up around major 2012 events.

For example, on the last leg of her tour, she showed up in New Hampshire the same day Romney announced his campaign.

And while she wasn’t at last night’s GOP debate, she weighed in on it Friday —

Wherever Palin goes, she draws a crowd. Fairgoers were trying to spot her all morning, and as soon as she emerged, a huge media scrum developed.

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