The Associated Press

Gov. Sarah Palin has indicated she’s open to a presidential run in 2012, but her spokesman said Wednesday she has never stated she would first seek the Senate seat held by fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski.

“I have never heard it come up. More than that, I’m unaware of why we’re even talking about this,” spokesman Bill McAllister said.

He was referring to comments made by Murkowski that Palin would have a hard campaign beating her, an incumbent with rising seniority in the Senate.

“I can guarantee it would be a very tough election,” Murkowski said in an interview published this week on

Murkowski was appointed in 2002 by her father, Frank Murkowski, who held the Senate seat for more than two decades before he was elected governor. She will become Alaska’s senior senator after the recent loss by Ted Stevens, the Senate’s longest serving Republican ever.

Frank Murkowski served just one term as governor before he was defeated in the 2006 primary by Palin, who went on to beat other rivals including former Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles. Source

This is good news for the American People and the Republican Party that Governor Palin says she is open to a presidential run in 2012. It is time to start working now, not tomorrow.