Sarah Palin to Mark Levin: I would run for higher office 'again in a heartbeat'

Sarah Palin to Mark Levin: I would run for higher office 'again in a heartbeat'
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Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Sunday that she would run for higher office again “in a heartbeat.”

Palin made the remark to new Fox News host Mark Levin after he asked her if she was glad that she ran for vice president in 2008 on Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump will likely win reelection in 2020 Kevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC executive director for 2020 Kasich on death of 7-year-old in Border Patrol custody: 'Shame on Congress' MORE’s (R-Ariz.) ticket.

“Oh yes. I would do it again in a heartbeat,” replied Palin. “I will push back harder on some of those who were trying to mold me into something that I was not during the campaign. I would’ve pushed back and gotten more truth out there, but yes.”

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The idea that aides to McCain restrained Palin during the campaign was a major subject of the book and film about the 2008 campaign, “Game Change.”

Palin told Levin that she was surprised the McCain campaign didn’t offer more of a defense for her against what she described as unfair treatment by the media.

“I was surprised because in Alaska, as I mentioned, my ratings were very high, things were going well in the court of public opinion, so I was mostly shocked that the campaign itself didn’t defend against a lot of the lies that were being spewed during the campaign,” she said. “And then when that narrative was created, they created a character of Sarah Palin and the Palin family. 

“Once the bell is rung, it’s hard to unring,” she added. 

Palin, 54, was the keynote speaker at a GOP fundraising dinner at President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE’s Mar-a-Lago resort last month, where she addressed the Palm Beach County Republican Party during its annual Lincoln Fundraising Dinner.