Speaking in Alaska, the state's former governor said if she did decide to run she would be fully committed.
But the cost together with whether voters were ready to make a win a reality, were issues she still needed to think about.
"Obama has already said he's going to spend a billion dollars (£615.4m) on this race, so money is certainly going to be a consideration," Sarah Palin told me.
"And just the idea of whether the American electorate is ready for someone a bit unconventional, who is willing to tell it as she sees it, not be beholden to special interest or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of doing what's right for the voters."
In the kitchen of their Wasilla home, among an extraordinary collection of animal skins, skulls and bones, the spoils of a lifetime spent hunting and fishing, they told me that their whole family has faced death threats.
"As a mother I do have concerns about her safety and that of the kids... she knows how I feel, that it's risky," Sally said.
Palin's father Chuck said a man recently had sent the family photocopies of a receipt for a gun he had bought, together with a photocopy of a one-way ticket to Alaska.
The family had laughed it off, but the man subsequently turned up in the state and was arrested by the FBI, Chuck said.Regarding the first quote, no one should be surprised that Sarah Palin would run an unconventional campaign. Between her large and devoted following and the establishment's dislike of her, an unconventional path to the White House is tailor made for Palin.
"We sleep with the guns," Palin's father admitted.
I fully expect Palin to run because she is a true believer. Palin really does love America and as such will not sit idly by and watch it falter under Obama or a less than true Republican candidate. The real question folks should be asking is; will Palin run to win the White House or will Palin run to shape the election? By simply being in the nomination process with her mega-megaphone Palin pretty much guarantees that whoever the Republican candidate is, he or she will have to sing the song of commonsense conservatism.
Regarding Mr. Heath's comment, I feel for the Palins. I cannot imagine living day to day life under the never ending hatred of the left. Despite the endless talk of "civility", the left is a black hearted and hateful lot. They wish death upon their opponents as easily as normal folks say "good day". How is it possible for the Palins to simply go about their day to day lives without fear? Listen to the white hot incoherent bile that a PDS sufferer spews towards the Palins and it is no wonder the Heaths sleep with guns.
You can read the full BBC interview of Palin here and the full interview of the Heaths here.
Via: The BBC