Palin resurfaces with speech in Asia(Read article summary)
Former VP candidate Sarah Palin gave her first talk since resigning as Alaska governor in Hong Kong, raising speculation she wants to improve her foreign policy image and run again in 2012. Audience reactions ranged from 'bizarre' to 'beat all expectations.'
For the first time since abruptly resigning in July, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has resurfaced in an unlikely place – Asia. The 2008 vice-presidential candidate gave a lecture on foreign policy at an investor conference in Hong Kong Wednesday.
Like most everything else Ms. Palin has done, her appearance in Asia generated speculation about whether she’s preparing for another stab at national office. During her VP run, Palin was known as a foreign policy lightweight – who famously quipped that she was qualified to speak about Russia because she could see the country from Alaska.
During her a lecture Wednesday, she banned the media from attending, leading one critic to quip: “Are there other countries that she can see from her window that she doesn't want us to know about?”
Rumors are flying that the speech is meant to jumpstart Palin’s presidential election bid in 2012. But some think there’s a more immediate explanation: Palin’s out of a job, and needs cash to pay off legal and other fees.