Sarah Palin is a Republican former vice presidential candidate and the former governor of Alaska. Currently she is a speaker, author, and news commentator on Fox News.
Born in 1964, Ms. Palin grew up in Alaska. She played basketball for her high school team, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” for her competitiveness. She won the Miss Wasilla pageant, and she finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Iowa in 1987.
Palin served on the Wasilla City Council before being elected mayor in 1996. She completed two terms. After a failed campaign for lieutenant governor, she was appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
In 2006, Palin won the Alaska governorship. She supported and signed an ethics reform bill, and she used her veto power to make substantive budget cuts.
On Aug. 29, 2008, Sen. John McCain, the Republicans' choice for the presidential ticket, announced Sarah Palin would be his running mate. She drew huge crowds as she campaigned across the country. She was also famously portrayed by Tina Fey on "Saturday Night Live." On Nov. 4, Senator McCain and Palin lost the election to then-Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden. In July 2009, she shocked Alaskans and the political establishment by announcing she would resign as governor.
Since then, Palin has remained visible and influential. She formed a political action committee, SarahPAC, to raise money to support conservative candidates. She has a political show on Fox News and a Discovery Channel show called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
On Feb. 6, 2010, when Fox News asked her if she would be running for president in 2012, she said, “I would be willing to if I believe that it's right for the country…. I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future.”
Sarah Palin visited Israel in what may have been an attempt to up her foreign policy credentials and build a rapport with Israeli leaders increasingly at odds with Obama.
Republicans – and not so much Democrats – believe in competition among its members, said Sarah Palin Wednesday. But recent history provides a few examples of Democratic scuffling.
Sarah Palin is the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2012, according to a new Quinnipiac survey. But the poll indicates she wouldn't win the general election.
Bristol Palin and her mom, Sarah Palin, have used their reality TV shows – 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' – to underscore a secret to their appeal: the disarming smile.
Sarah Palin has declined to comment on the prosecutors' latest request that the college student who hacked Palin's e-mail account should get 18 months in prison. A judge will sentence the hacker today.
Sarah Palin announced Monday she was backing Republican businessman John Raese while Bill Clinton was in W. Virginia campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin. Which endorsement carries more weight?
The Sarah Palin stamp of approval may not always be a help, especially when it comes to the general election. Her endorsement of California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina may turn out to be a case in point.
Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck held a September 11 rally amid speculation that there would be a 'big' announcement. There wasn't.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka charged that if Republican political star Sarah Palin is not more careful in her choice of words, the political movement she has helped to create will be linked with 1950s McCarthyism.
Sarah Palin will headline an annual GOP dinner in Iowa on Sept. 17, a move sure to feed media speculation about her plans for the 2012 presidential campaign. Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses are 18 months away.
Students and other critics want to know if Sarah Palin will be paid $100,000 or more for her CSU speech. Is the state university – part of California government – obliged to reveal the confidential contract?
Two top Democratic strategists who spoke at Wednesday’s Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters said Sarah Palin is the GOP poster girl – and that is good for Democrats.
Caught in Sarah Palin's rifle sights, liberals warn of the threat of violent rhetoric. Will it marginalize passionate discourse, or will demonizing hot-headed conservatives backfire at the voting booth?
Sarah Palin now says 'taking up arms' means voting. Weaponry and military metaphors are part of political discourse, but not all conservatives are happy with Palin's gun rhetoric.
FOX News host Bill O'Reilly said Sarah Palin could be a good candidate for president before mocking Nancy Pelosi's IQ.
Outspoken Sarah Palin critic Joy Behar sided with Sarah Palin on the ongoing Family Guy issue.
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday was asked if she would move to Canada if Sarah Palin were elected president.
A new YouTube video imitates the Super Bowl Google ad with a look at the adventures of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.
GOP superstar Sarah Palin said in an interview Sunday that she was open to a presidential bid in 2012, and that President Obama wouldn't win if elections were held today.
Light, folksy, and full of jabs against President Obama and the Democrats in Washington, Sarah Palin’s tea party speech in Nashville, Tenn., marked a possible milestone for her future presidential plans. But will the tea party movement help or hurt her plans in the long run?
Other speakers at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn., have pulled out, citing ethical questions about the for-profit event. But Sarah Palin says her $100,000 speaker’s fee 'will go right back to the cause.'
Sarah Palin defended the Tim Tebow ad against abortion. Feminist groups objected to it, but attacking an ad that tells the story of a woman’s decision not to have an abortion could backfire.
Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that she will campaign for Sen. John McCain, her former presidential running mate, as he bids for another term in the Senate. She'll also stump for conservative up-and-comer Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in early 2010.