Exclusive: ET's Mary Hart visits Sarah Palin at home in Wasilla, Alaska, where the former Republican vice presidential candidate tells ET she'll run for president in 2012 "if there's nobody else to do it."
The former Alaska governor, mom of five, and star of TLC's upcoming series "Sarah Palin's Alaska" says that when it comes to deciding whether to run: "It's going to entail a discussion with my family [and] a real close look at the lay of the land, to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job … or whether there's nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I think the priorities should be."
"If there's nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this," Sarah tells Mary, leaving the door wide open for a 2012 run, while also noting that if it turns out there are candidates "who can do the job," they would have her full support.
In ET's exclusive interview, Sarah comments for the first time on the New York Magazine cover story that referred to her as "Sarah Barracuda," and also shares how she deals with critics.
And while Sarah is hugely supportive of daughter Bristol's fancy footwork on "Dancing with the Stars," she won't be in the audience next week. Why? She'll be covering the mid-term elections for FOX News. She jokes to Mary, "Bristol and I will be competing for ratings, she with ABC, me with FOX News. ... She'll kick my butt. She will," Sarah says, laughing.
For more of our Sarah Palin exclusive, tune in to ET tonight. "Sarah Palin's Alaska," which chronicles some of Sarah's favorite facets of her home state and is produced by Emmy-winner Mark Burnett, premieres on TLC on November 14.