The guessing game of whether Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012 will no doubt kick into a higher gear when The New York Times Magazine posts on the Internet a profile of her today.
The 2008 vice presidential nominee reportedly tells writer Robert Draper that she's weighing a White House bid and "engaged in the internal deliberations candidly" with her family. The piece on the ex-Alaska governor's organization was previewed by Politico's Mike Allen and will be in Sunday's NYT Magazine.
In the story, Palin discusses how she'll have to prove her record, saying it's "a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn't have to cross right out of the chute."
She goes on to explain her frustration at what she says is "the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades."
Palin has been criticized by some Republicans, including Bush political strategist Karl Rove. He recently told a British newspaper that he wasn't sure how Palin's new reality show about Alaska "fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office.' "
Palin hasn't been shy about knocking what she calls the "lamestream" media.
But she told our colleague Gary Strauss, who wrote a cover story last week about her TLC show, that she did her homework on Draper and agreed to chat with him after she got positive reports.
"Word back to me was he seemed (like) a decent and professional reporter. So I cold-called him when I had some time and chatted with him on the phone outdoors in the sun to see if he needed any clarification," Palin told Strauss by e-mail.
The exchange is covered in USA TODAY's On Deadline blog.
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY