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Palin says she's still thinking about whether to run in 2012

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Palin signs autographs at movie premiere
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: "You don't need a title. You don't need a political position," Palin says
  • Palin's daughter, Bristol, has said her mother has made up her mind
  • "What we say on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat," Palin says she told her daughter
  • Palin was in Iowa for the premiere of a film that takes a sympathetic look at her career

Pella, Iowa (CNN) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday she has not made up her mind yet about whether to run for president in 2012 despite her daughter's claim that she has.

Palin spoke to reporters in Pella, Iowa, where she attended the premiere of "The Undefeated," a sympathetic feature-length film that takes a look at Palin's record as governor.

"We're still thinking about that," she said in response to a question about whether or not she would run.

Palin worked the crowd after the premiere, taking questions as she shook supporters' hands and signed autographs.

Earlier Tuesday, Palin's daughter, Bristol, said her mother has made up her mind about whether to run, but is keeping it a secret.

Bristol Palin: Mom has made her decision

"You know what I told Bristol when I heard that? I said, 'Bristol! What we say on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat. You don't need to be announcing anything,'" Palin said.

Somewhat cryptically, she also said: "Bristol is a smart and independent and strong young woman. Listen to her."

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Although Palin has not said whether she will run, her appearance in Iowa -- especially now -- will undoubtedly fuel speculation that she is.

Palin's visit to Iowa came just one day after Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, launched her own presidential campaign there and coincided with President Barack Obama's visit to Bettendorf, Iowa.

Iowa holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar. How "The Undefeated" is received there could be a barometer of Palin's appeal in the state.

The film, produced by conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon, cost $1 million to produce. It takes a flattering look at Palin's record as governor of Alaska, including reform efforts. It also covers her entrance onto the national political stage as Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

After watching the film, Palin described it as "awesome" and "all about America's values."

To a group of people who attended the premiere, she said the film tries to set the record straight and talks about issues ignored by the "lame-stream media."

Palin told that group: "You don't need a title. You don't need a political position."

 
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