Sarah Palin Says ‘Heck Yeah’ Women in Politics Face More Scrutiny Than Men: ‘So Much More’

Sarah Palin was characteristically candid when she was asked during an ABC News interview on Wednesday whether she thinks women in politics face more scrutiny than men.

"Heck yeah," said the former Alaska governor, adding that she believes the 2008 Republican ticket — which she made history by joining as the vice presidential candidate alongside presidential nominee John McCain — made a mistake by focusing too much on her personality rather than her track record.

"Women face so much more scrutiny," Palin, 56, told ABC.

"In a lot of sense, it was a lot about looks — you know, the physicality involved in serving in public office — which was ridiculous to me," she said. "Whereas men, even today, aren't under that kind of microscope."

Palin said the "roll out" for the 2008 campaign "was pretty screwed up."

"I was asked so often, 'How are you going to do this with children?' And, granted, I had just had a baby and another son who was heading off to war, and my daughter — my teenage daughter — who was pregnant," she said.

"Yeah, we had kind of some typical family issues going on," Palin said, laughing, before lamenting: "But I was asked so much about that."

Palin told ABC that the woman who 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden picks to be his running mate "has really got to be strong and be vocal when it comes to those trying to shape them, mold them, tell them what to say," referencing campaign aides who advise politicians on everything from policy to clothes.

"That candidate had better be strong and stand up for what she knows is right," Palin said.

As for herself, Palin said she would run for office again "in a heartbeat" and that she planned to run for an elected position again at some point.

She said she would take more control of her public image the next time around, however.

"I would've gone rogue a lot earlier," she said, when addressing what she would do differently in a future campaign. "I would've fought back against those who were running the campaign who, you know, weren't in touch with the American people and what the American people wanted."

She continued: "I'd do it again in a heartbeat, and I want to do it again. I want to be back in there in public service."

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