Palin reportedly cancels Sudan trip

Speculation over whether or not former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin will run for president has long been building, and recent signs suggest she's seriously considering a bid: the former Alaska governor recently announced an East Coast bus tour; authorized a feature-length film about her rise; has added staff to her team, and said she has "that fire in the belly" for a run. But the verdict is out on whether or not her unconventional campaign strategy (if that is indeed what it is) is being effective. In a recent CBS News poll of the Republican field, most Republicans said they don't want Palin to run for president. Still, a Palin entrance in the race would certainly change the game.
file,AP Photo/Ed Andrieski
file,AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

Sarah Palin has canceled an upcoming trip to Sudan, the Washington Post reports.

The former Alaska governor was scheduled to travel to the war-torn nation for the July 9 independence ceremony of South Sudan, but unnamed sources told the Post she nixed the trip because of scheduling conflicts. She was slated to travel with Franklin Graham, head of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, and Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

Palin's recent moves have made it unclear whether or not she intends to jump into the Republican presidential primaries. In addition to canceling this trip, her nationwide bus tour has stalled after the first leg of the trip in the northeast. Amid reports that the bus tour was canceled, however, Palin said the tour was on hiatus because she was called for jury duty and that it would resume later this summer.

Graham, who previously traveled to Haiti with Palin, told the Post that Palin "tried very hard to make it work," but that the timing didn't work.

In spite of Southern Sudan's planned secession, the region remains very dangerous. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tentatively planning to attend the July 9 independence ceremony, but she may also have to skip the event because of safety concerns, the Post reported.

President Obama on Tuesday released a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Sudanese state of South Kordofan, where he said the situation is "dire, with deeply disturbing reports of attacks based on ethnicity."