The author of a recently published biography of Sarah Palin doesn't believe it's a foregone conclusion that the Alaska governor will run for president in 2012.
In a straw poll taken at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, Sarah Palin -- John McCain's running mate last fall -- finished tied for third with 13 percent of the vote, trailing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Lorenzo Benet -- author of Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin -- says there are several reasons why he believes Palin will not seek the White House three years from now.
"I think right now she's focusing on her state," the author shares. "If she doesn't focus on the state, she's going to run into a little bit of trouble because that's the election that's coming up in a couple of years that she has to win before she can even think about the presidency."
Benet points out that if Palin waits until 2016 to run for the White House, she will not have to run against Barack Obama -- and she can shore up her foreign-policy resume in the meantime.
"I foresee a little traveling on her part, going to foreign countries and meeting foreign dignitaries," he says. "She could go to Europe right now and get meetings with all the heads of state."
And such experience, says Benet, could be of great benefit to the Alaska governor in a presidential bid. "If [she] take[s] eight years to do that, I think she would be a strong candidate in eight years. I think she'll be tough to beat -- especially if she gets a really good running mate."
Benet says Palin has already met with emissaries from China and Russia at her office.