Palin in 2016? Former AK governor ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 bid

Updated: January 25, 2015
Palin in 2016? Former AK governor 'seriously interested' in 2016 bid

Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.

“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” she told the newspaper.

Palin was one of several headline speakers at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit organized by conservative activists in Des Moines. She gave a speech that went well over her allotted time slot.

“An impatient president doesn’t just get to trample our constitution and ignore Congress just because he doesn’t get exactly what he wants every time he wants it. With all due respect to the office of the presidency, it’s like an overgrown little boy who’s just acting kind of spoiled,” Palin said.

Palin is not alone in her aspirations for the White House.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has been very open about the possibility he’ll seek the presidency again in 2016 after his 2012 campaign collapsed. Perry also spoke at the Iowa summit, giving a spirited speech with a large emphasis on securing the U.S. border with Mexico.

Perry portrayed Congress, including Republicans, as being slow to act on border security. A handful of protesters supporting immigration reform attempted to interrupt his comments, but with the audience’s backing, Perry was able to talk through them.

“I’ve got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for in 2016,” said Perry. “Congress has become this debating society, unable to act. They only talk. The institutions are failing while people are dying. And we need to send a message to Congress secure the border now. Override this president’s lawless executive order. Restore law and order to our border with Mexico. Stand up to this face of evil and protect our citizens.”

Former business leader and losing California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina drew applause when blasting Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

“Like Hillary Clinton I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her I’ve actually accomplished something,” Fiorina said to laughter and cheers. “You see, Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment. It is an activity.”