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Palin Worries Presidency Might 'Shackle' Her

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hinted Tuesday that she might not run in 2012 because the presidency could be "too shackling." "For logistical reasons, though, yes, certainly, decisions have to be made," she told Fox
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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hinted Tuesday that she might not run in 2012 because the presidency could be "too shackling."

"For logistical reasons, though, yes, certainly, decisions have to be made," she told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

"I'm going to keep repeating, though, Greta, through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012 -- is a title worth it? Does a title shackle a person? Are they -- someone like me, who's a maverick -- you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it."

She added: "Somebody like me -- is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country? That's the biggest contemplation piece in my process."

The former Alaska governor also had words of praise for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who she called "Herb."

"Take Herb Cain," she said "Look at why he's doing so well right now. He's, I guess you could say, with all due respect, the flavor of the week because Herb Cain is the one up there who doesn't look like he's part of that permanent political class."

Palin has about a month to make up her mind before Florida's Oct. 31 filing deadline for the Republican primary.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Herb Caen - pronounced the same - was a Pulitzer-winning San Francisco newspaper columnist who died in 1997. Palin probably confused Herman Cain with Herb because she reads all newspapers with a great appreciation.

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