Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is seriously considering running for president in 2012, she said in an interview yesterday.

The former governor of Alaska said she was “having that discussion” with her family.

“I’m engaged in the internal deliberations candidly and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here,” she said in an interview with the New York Times.

Palin said she had to weigh up the qualities she would bring to the contest, but accepted that some Republican critics thought she would be unelectable.

“I know that’s a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn’t have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record. That’s the most frustrating thing for me, the warped and perverted description of my record and what I’ve accomplished over the last two decades.

“It’s been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven’t faced these criticisms the way I have,” she said.

Palin endorsed more than 80 candidates in the 2010 elections, and at least 50 of them won.

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