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Sarah Palin: ‘Of course’ I’m interested in 2016

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has remained active in conservative politics since she and GOP presidential nominee John McCain lost their White House bid in 2008. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Just ahead of this weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, said that she is "of course" interested the 2016 presidential campaign -- and even, possibly, a campaign of her own.

“Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested,” Palin reportedly told ABC News on Thursday from Las Vegas.

While she neither committed to a presidential run nor ruled one out, Palin did lament that no woman has ever held the presidency.

“We definitely had enough of seeing that -- America has had enough of seeing that -- sign on the Oval Office door saying, 'No Girls Allowed.' I know that,” she said.

Palin has hinted at future presidential runs before, but hasn't sought higher office since the 2008 presidential campaign. She (very publicly) contemplated a run in 2012 before eventually announcing that she wouldn't run.

Palin did indicate Thursday that, regardless of whether she’s a candidate or not, she intends to be part of the 2016 conversation.

“It doesn't have to be myself, but yes ... happy to drive that competition, because competition will make everyone better and produce more and be more candid regarding their solutions they will offer this country," she said. "I am very interested in that competitive process and, again, not necessarily me.”