Sarah Palin Announces Run for Congress in Alaska

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, announced Friday she is getting back into politics running for the congressional seat left vacant by Rep. Don Young.

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“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska,” Palin said in a statement.

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“Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years,” Palin said. “I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for, because I share that passion for Alaska and the United States of America.”

The “Going Rogue” author said “America is at a tipping point” and said she has “watched the far left destroy the country.”

“I knew I had to step up and join the fight,” Palin said. “The people of the great State of Alaska, like others all over the country, are struggling with out-of-control inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices that are among the highest in the world.”

The “Drill, Baby, Drill” chant may be making its way back into the political discussion as Palin said, “We need energy security for this country, and Alaska can help provide that – but only if the federal government gets out of the way and lets the free market do what it does best.”

“At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will combat the left’s socialist, big-government, America-last agenda,” she said. “This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children’s future, and selling our nation’s interests to the highest bidder.”

Palin said she first entered politics 30 years ago on city council in Wasilla, where she still lives.

“My heart will always be in Alaska, even when I’m representing this great state in Washington, D.C.,” she said. “I’m in this race to win it and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots willing to sacrifice all to save our country.”

She has a website set up for her campaign: sarahforalaska.com.