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Old Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is braced for a media onslaught if elected to fill Alaska’s congressional seat in the House this summer.
In her first on-air interview after throwing her hat in the special election race to replace late Republican congressman Don Young last week, Palin told Fox News host Jesse Watters that she expects to become a prime target of the liberal media if elected.
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“You know, I would never be arrogant enough to say go for it, but yeah, I anticipate that when I walk down that hallway on my Dr. Pepper diet, of course the jackals will be there jackaling.” , she said on “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Monday.
“I just think I have nothing to lose,” Palin added. “What more can they do, what more can they say? God forbid, even if I throw this out there because we’ll see what happens – [but] I’m very, very confident in who and what I’m dealing with.”
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Facing vicious treatment from the press is nothing new for Palin. The former Alaska governor became an instant legacy media target the day she stepped into the national spotlight as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate in 2008.
“If you don’t live by man’s praise, you’re not going to die by man’s criticism,” Palin told Watters. “So I have nothing to lose. I’m here for the right reasons. It all comes down to the heart of a public servant who is ready to serve the people. It’s quite simple.”
Palin joins a crowded field of candidates vying for the seat, with more than 50 candidates already filed to run, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Palin over the weekend, calling her “tough and smart”, adding that she will “never back down”.
Palin said she felt compelled to run for Alaska’s representative because “the needs of our nation today are things that Alaska can meet.
“Energy, energy independence…and we can help secure America’s sovereignty, our security. And with the unfortunate passing of our one and only Congressman, Don Young, who was there for 49 years [and] who had the utmost dedication to our state and our country…I knew it was time,” she said.
If elected to Congress, Palin said she would ‘beg’ progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to debate her on issues related to education, capitalism, national security and energy independence. .
“I’ll be very polite and I’m begging her to argue with me, please AOC,” she said, adding, “Oh my God, I want to argue with her.”
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The results of the primary will be announced on June 26 and the four people with the most votes will qualify for the special general election on August 16.
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