You can add Sarah Palin’s name to the ever-growing list of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate said Friday that she was giving the possibility some serious thought.

“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin told the Washington Post.

The interview came a day after she first expressed interest to ABC News.

“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,” she said hile ladling wild boar chili at a Salvation Army location in Las Vegas.


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Palin gave the Post interview before a scheduled speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

“It is a significant step, of course, for anyone to publicly announce that they’re interested,” she said. “Who wouldn’t be interested? Who wouldn’t be interested when they have been blessed with opportunities to speak about what is important to this country and for this country?”

Palin, who resigned as governor after less than three years on the job, also considered running for president back in 2012. But she ultimately opted out, saying that “you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country.”

Since leaving elected office, Palin has largely kept up a public profile through conservative commentary on Fox News and other outlets, as well as appearances like the one in Iowa on Friday. Last week, she took aim at “Hollywood leftists” for their criticism of the new Clint Eastwood film American Sniper, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor.

But she has also faced controversies of her own: her family was also involved in a late-night brawl last fall in Anchorage, and earlier this month Palin sparked anger from animal rights groups after posting a picture of her son standing on a dog.

Palin’s name has not been included in recent polling on the already crowded Republican presidential field, but Public Policy Polling found last summer that the former governor’s favorability rating among fellow Alaskans had dropped to 36%.

Those kind of numbers – and an abundance of choices across the ideological spectrum – could make the possibility of a 2016 Sarah Palin campaign unlikely. She made clear to ABC last week that while she “can’t wait for new energy,” it doesn’t have to come from her candidacy.

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