Sarah Palin Has 'Fire in My Belly' to Run in 2012

ABC News’ Sheila Marikar ( @sheilaym) reports: In her latest flirtation with a 2012 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Thursday night that she has “fire in my belly” to jump into the race.

"I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly," Palin said when Susteren asked if she’d run. "I am so adamantly supportive of the good, traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure America is put back on the right track and we will do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.”

As she’s done in recent interviews, Palin cited her family as one of her main concerns in launching a political campaign.

“With a large family, understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and sacrifices that have to be made on my children’s part in order to see their mama run for president. But yeah, the fire in the belly, that’s there,” she said.

Palin also weighed in on conservative contender Newt Gingrich one day after she criticized him for dialing back negative comments he made about fellow candidate Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan.

“Bless his heart and every other good ol’ boy’s heart that’s in that political game here in the beltway,” she said. “They don’t really know any more than the rest of us. … He stumbles too. We all stumble.”

Palin concluded her sit-down by urging the media to “lay off the petty stuff” when covering the candidates in the upcoming election.

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