• With: Sarah Palin, Fox News contributor

    PALIN: Still seriously considering it, and praying about it. And talking about it with family. Because of course it is a monumental leap for a family to put themselves out there again in the limelight and be ready for the scrutiny that ensues in a campaign. So, still talking about it, and assessing, yes, the field, looking for others who are ready to go rogue and fight against the machine on both sides of the aisle in order to get the economy back on the right track and do the things that the private sector needs done to implement some solutions to all the problems that America is facing right now. I want to make sure that we have a candidate out there with Tea Party principles, understanding that we are taxed enough already. Our job creators cannot afford to be taxed anymore. And we'll do the right things that so many Tea Party patriots have already been articulating and cheering on and looking for candidates to embrace.

    HANNITY: All right. You know the candidates, if we added, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, whose names are -- maybe Rick Perry. You know all of these candidates, you know, all of these politicians pretty well. Do you see one, two or three that, you know, you like and that you would really want to hear more from and that you could support?

    PALIN: I want to hear more from all of them, Sean. And every one of us not just potential candidates, everyone of us as human beings, we bring strengths and weaknesses to the table. So, you don't want to assess all of that.

    But, you know, I think one of my problems in this whole process is, I don't live for that game of the punditcy, of the opining and speculating on who is doing what, and I don't live for that. What I live for is fighting for family and faith and freedom in this country. And I get kind of frustrated watching the political process because I'm not a real fan of politicians.

    So, I get kind of frustrated watching the political process as people, you know, line up and already -- and so early on, you know, year in a half time away still, so early on, trying to position themselves when there is still a lot of work to be done on each one of our parts to finally see that line-up solidified.

    HANNITY: You know, I feel the same way as you with this caveat. And governor, it's that, I think that this is a turning point in American history. I think the economy is that bad. There is no metric, there's no index, there is no indicators that tells me the economy is going to get better. I believe these policies are failing. I think the country can do a lot better. And so, I want the person who believes in limited government, greater freedom, lower taxes, less regulation, strong national defense. And I want an opportunity to access them, I want to see them respond under fire. So, I think the process ultimately will make whoever the eventual candidate is, that much stronger. So, in that sense, I think it is healthy.

    PALIN: Yes, that and in this process of assessing, once the lineup is set and the debates begin. In the meantime Sean, we need to look at every one of this potential candidates and declared candidates records. See if they've had opportunity to veto overspending in their city or their state and some governing body. See if they've seized the opportunity to save other people's money and not squander it. See if they've had opportunity to go to the mat in protecting second amendment rights and every constitutional rights. See if they have in their own personal lives lived a physically and socially conservative life and really walked the walk not just talk the talk, if that is really important to you as the one doing the assessing of these candidates. We have to do our homework. Don't let the media define who these candidates are. Let us, as constituents, as voters, as potential candidates, we need to do our homework.

    HANNITY: I think you've very well said. And one of the things I want to do in this program is, give these candidates a forum where they can answer, they can explain their record, we can examine it. And also, not really play gotcha, because although, you know, but ask the tough questions as well when necessary.

    Let me ask you this question. You were very critical of Nancy Pelosi's district and the speaker. Here she wants this big Obamacare bill. She gets the bill. Twenty percent of the waivers in April come from her district. Harry Reid, a lot of waivers in Nevada. And I'm thinking, wait a minute, if it is so bad and your constituents want out, why am I stuck in, you know, being beholding to this bill and everybody else? Your reaction.

    PALIN: Yes. This is a bit of that crony corporatism, maybe on a smaller scale than what some of us are concerned about with the bigger picture in America, but this is an example of that. It is a corrupt system, this whole Obamacare fiasco that we are seeing with the waivers coming down. And our bureaucrats and our politicians in D.C. can't even give us consistent explanation as to why some companies are given waivers and some are not. And in the words of Dennis Miller today who said on Fox, in reference to something that Nancy Pelosi said, what she is saying is a tight-faced lie. We cannot believe what it is that she tells us now in terms of explaining why these waivers were given in her district. I think it is favoritism, I think it is unfair and I think the little guy ultimately gets hurt with a system like this and the waivers of Obamacare. You will hear Michele Malkin give some awesome explanation as to what it is coming down the pike with Obamacare waivers.

    HANNITY: You just gave us a great promo for later in the program. Governor, you are a pro, and I appreciate the plug.

    Governor, it's always good to see you. And we're going to continue to monitor your process and we do appreciate your insight, as always, thanks for being with us.

    PALIN: Thank you as always.

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