Sarah Palin Open to Being Donald Trump's Running Mate in 2024

Sarah Palin said she would be open to being Donald Trump's running mate in 2024.

Palin, the former Alaska governor who was the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee alongside the late Sen. John McCain, is among the crowded field of candidates running for Alaska's lone House seat following the death of long-serving Republican Rep. Don Young last month.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Palin dismissed criticism that she is seeking to bolster her brand by running.

She is serious about seeking the House seat, she said, and doesn't need a "launching pad for anything else."

Palin added that this is a good time in her life to seek a return to office and that she feels she has "nothing to lose" by running.

She also told the AP that she would consider being Trump's running mate if he ran for president again in 2024 and asked her to be on his ticket.

Palin said they haven't had a conversation about that, but that Trump did contact her after Young's death in March asking if she would be willing to run.

Trump has since endorsed Palin for Alaska's vacant House seat, saying it was his "turn" to publicly back her as she did him during his 2016 presidential campaign.

In a statement earlier this month, he described her as a "wonderful patriot" and "a true America First fighter."

"Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down, and I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and her campaign to put America First!" Trump said.

Palin hasn't run for public office since her failed bid for the vice presidency in 2008.

She announced her congressional bid on April 1, touting herself as a leader who would "combat the left's socialist, big-government, America-last agenda."

"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," she said in a statement.

'Big Shoes to Fill'

"I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young's legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for."

The primary will take place on June 11. The four candidates with the most votes will advance to the August 16 special election, where ranked-choice voting will determine who will serve the remainder of Young's term.

An August primary and November general election will be held to determine who will serve a two-year term from January.

Newsweek has contacted Palin's campaign and Trump's spokesperson for comment.

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump
Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images