Sarah Palin team lashes out at presidential predictions

at 02:41 PM ET, 08/23/2011


DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 12: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin greets visitors at the Iowa State Fair August 12, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Palin joined most of the declared Republican presidential hopefuls who are visiting the fair ahead of tomorrow's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in the traditional Iowa campaigning ritual. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Scott Olson - GETTY IMAGES)
Sarah Palin’s political team is fighting back against emerging speculation that she will run for president, saying that anybody claiming to have special knowledge about her plans is maliciously misleading the American people.

Reports in recent days have indicated that the former Alaska governor might announce her intentions at a tea party rally in Iowa on Sept. 3, and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove on Sunday predicted that Palin would run.

According to a statement posted to the Web site of Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, they’re all wrong. And they’re not only wrong, they’re also out to get her.

“Any professional pundit claiming to have ‘inside information’ regarding Governor Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong, but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public,” reads the statement. “These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the ‘politics-as-usual’ that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career.”

There have yet to be any definitive reports from reputable news outlets that Palin had made a final decision or that a decision would be announced on Sept. 3. But a series of teases from the Palin campaign — including a visit to Iowa just before the Ames Straw Poll and an Iowa-themed web video previewing her Sept. 3 speech — have led to increased speculation about just what her plans are.

By releasing a statement Tuesday, though, Palin’s team only ups that ante on that will-she-or-won’t-she parlor game.

The move could also bee seen as an effort to take the pressure off of her in advance of the Sept. 3 speech. If attendees came to the speech expecting her to announce her intentions, failing to meet those expectations could lead to disappointment.

The post on the SarahPAC Web site notably links to a CNN report that doubts she will announce by Labor Day Weekend.

Palin’s timetable for a decision is still in question. She told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody that deciding by the end of September would be a “fair timeline,” but CNN’s report quotes her calling the end of September merely “a possibility for a timetable.”

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