As all eyes are on Sarah Palin, she breaks from bus tour

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Is it a clue to Sarah Palin’s presidential ambitions?

The former governor of Alaska, and potential presidential candidate, is taking a hiatus from her well-publicized cross-country bus tour, opting to retreat back to her home in Alaska instead, according to Real Clear Politics.

When she launched the bus tour in May, it reignited speculation that she’s seriously considering running for president in 2012 as a Republican.

But the website reported that she has cut the tour short — at least for now. She isn’t touring other parts of the country, as aides had planned for, in June.

RCP reporter Scott Conroy wrote that while “Palin and her staff never announced a timeline for the remaining legs of her trip, aides had drafted preliminary itineraries that would have taken her through the Midwest and Southeast at some point this month.”

Conroy wrote that Palin has instead “reverted to the friendly confines of summertime Alaska, where the skies are currently alight for over 19 hours a day and the Bristol Bay salmon fishing season is nearing its peak.” (Palin rides Harley and fuels 2012 suspicion)

A spokesman for Palin didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Even as the Republican field for the White House is starting to solidify, observers are watching every move Palin makes, as her entrance would surely shake up the race. Still, many Republicans say they are skeptical about whether she will ultimately jump in.