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Breaking: Sarah Palin is running for Congress

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Sarah Palin announced Friday that she would be running for the U.S. Congress seat for Alaska after more than a decade of being out of political office.

"Today I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska. Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years," said Palin, referring to the Republican representative who passed away at the age of 88.

"America is at a tipping point. As I've watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight," she continued. "The people of the great State of Alaska, like others all over the country, are struggling with out-of-control inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices that are among the highest in the world."

Palin's announcement linked to a campaign website asking for donations and run by WinRed, the official Republican fundraising platform.

"At this critical time in our nation's history, we need leaders who will combat the left's socialist, big-government, America-last agenda," Palin continued. "This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children's future, and selling out our nation's interests to the highest bidder."

Palin said previously that she would run for Congress "in a heartbeat" if she were asked to fill the open seat. She will join a very crowded field of Republicans vying for the at-large seat for Alaska.

Young had been the longest serving member of Congress when he died in March.

Palin made headlines in 2017 when she lost a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times over a report claiming that the shooting of then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was related to an innocuous map Palin had published.

Here's more about Palin's return to campaigning:

'In a heartbeat': Sarah Palin open to serving in late Don Young's House seat www.youtube.com

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