Sarah Palin said she plans to stay in politics after she leaves her post as Alaska governor at the end of the month.
The Alaska governor stunned fellow politicians when she announced she will resign from her elected position at the end of the month but said now she plans to tour the nation campaigning for others -- regardless of party affiliation, she told The Washington Times.
"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she told the paper. "People are so tired of the partisan stuff."
Ever since the former veep candidate announced she will resign from her post 18 months prematurely, speculation has been swirling about her future plans.Many suspect she might be clearing her schedule for a 2012 run for president.
"I'm not ruling out anything," she told the Times. "It is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age. Let me peek out there and see if there's an open door somewhere. And if there's even a little crack of light, I'll hope to plow through it."
Palin did not name specific politicians for whom she planned to stump. She said she shares Newt Gingrich's view that Republicans, in the minority, should throw their support behind moderate to conservative Democrats in blue states and districts where GOP candidates don't stand much of a chance.
Her reasoning for the sudden departure, which will take effect at the end of the month, did little to clarify her motives.
"Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road," she said during her resignation speech in front of a small gathering at her Wasilla home. "They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And I'm not going to put Alaskans through that."
She added that she wanted to "make a positive difference," and take on leadership roles from outside the governors office.
Republican nominees in Virginia and New Jersey, the only states with approaching gubernatorial races, didn't sound particularly eager to get Palin onto their campaign teams.
"We don't have any plans on having her in" to help gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, the New Jersey Republican Party chairman Jay Webber told the Associated Press."We're busy working to get Chris Christie elected and telling people about the failed record of" Gov. John Corzine.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said she could come on board his campaign team against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Whether Palin will make time on the road for a multi-million dollar book deal or stint as a TV commentator, as rumors indicate she might, remains unclear.
"I can't talk about any of those things while I'm still governor," she said.