Palin in Pella: No decision on presidential bid

A day after Michele Bachman's formal presidential candidacy announcement, Sarah Palin heads to Iowa for the debut of her movie "The Undefeated." Jan Crawford reports on Palin's possible presidential run.

Palin in Iowa for "The Undefeated" debut
A day after Michele Bachman's formal presidential candidacy announcement, Sarah Palin heads to Iowa for the debut of her movie "The Undefeated."

When Sarah Palin arrived on Tuesday evening in Pella, Iowa, for the premiere screening of "The Undefeated," a documentary celebrating her career, she received the usual questions about her plans to enter the presidential race.

"It's a tough decision, it's a big decision to decide whether to run for office or not. I'm still contemplating," Palin said. "I am still thinking about the decision and you know a lot goes into such a life-changing, relatively earth-shattering type of decision and still thinking about it," she added.

However, this time the question had an added twist. The former Alaska governor's daughter, Bristol, said during an interview this week, that her mother had already made a decision about entering the race.

Bristol says Sarah Palin "definitely knows" whether or not she will make White House run

"I texted Bristol, I said honey what did you say this morning on some news program," Palin said. "She said, 'Oh, mom, you've got to watch the interview. You know how they take everything out of context.' I said you remember Bristol what we talk about on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat. I don't know what she said. She said I have to watch it myself. I don't know what she said but still thinking about it."

A veteran asked that she put her hat in the ring for the presidential nomination, to which Palin responded, "I appreciate his request and appreciate his encouragement. I know exactly what he's talking about. He's talking about someone who really can encapsulate American values and the understanding of the need to protect our Constitution for people like our veterans and the appreciation that we have for them."

The Palin documentary is expected to be released more widely on July 15th.

CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford saw the movie prior to the Pella debut. In her review she wrote:

It's easy to see why. If you like Sarah Palin, the movie will make you like her even more. Using never-before seen video, it shows Palin taking on the machine and winning, while racking up whopping 80 percent approval ratings in the state. And you will feel fresh outrage about how savagely she has been treated and mocked by Hollywood and the liberal elite.

But if you don't like Sarah Palin, the movie is unlikely to change your mind. (Frankly, if you don't like Palin, you probably won't be shelling out any money to go see it in the first place). You'll probably think of it as a one-sided campaign ad and wonder where the critics are.

Regardless of where you come down, though, here's one thing both sides should agree on: It certainly looks like Palin is running for President. As she says in a speech in the movie's very last scene: "Mr. President, game on."

But will she?

  • Bonney Kapp

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