Sarah Palin is hitting back at criticism that her reality TV show and books don’t help her efforts to appear presidential as she continues to consider whether she’ll seek the 2012 Republican nomination. “Oooh, I’m sorry I’m not so hoity-toity,” Palin said in a faux-British accent on Fox News Channel Thursday night.
Host Bill O’Reilly had asked her if spending time in a forest with a TV reality star was “presidential.” Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer earlier this week told O’Reilly that while Palin is a “political star,” she needs to school herself on policy to be a credible presidential candidate.
In Washington Post-ABC News poll data released Friday, 8 percent of registered voters surveyed said they would vote for Palin in a presidential election, while 60 percent said they definitely would not vote for her. Thirty-one percent said they would consider voting for Palin.
“A poll number like that, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, that doesn’t look really pretty today,’ but a primary is months and months in the process, and there are thankfully many debates,” Palin said in an interview Friday on ABC News. “And if I were to participate in that contested primary, you know, I would be in it to win it.”
Palin added she is in the midst of “prayerful consideration” about whether to run in the presidential primary. “Obviously, the sacrifices that have to be made in order to put yourself forward in the name of public service is, it’s brutal.”