Is Palin running in 2012? Signs point to yes. 

In a post on Tuesday, "Mitt already gearing up for 2012? Who's Next?," I noted that Romney was scheduled to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in April. The SRLC is already shaping up to be the unofficial kickoff of the GOP presidential campaign for 2012. But I also observed:

The real question is who's next? I'd keep an eye on the SRLC to see if any other would-be candidates are making preparations for the event. It's a pretty good indication they are running.

Well, I just got this announcement in my inbox:

Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will speak to the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

“I’m looking forward to addressing conservative activists from across the south at the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference. This is a great opportunity to listen and speak to those who are helping to set the direction of our party,” Governor Palin said.

SRLC 2010 will be held on April 8-11, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana and will include the Republican Party’s activists, donors, elected officials and candidates from 14 southern states.

“We’re excited to have Governor Palin join us in New Orleans. She represents the future of the Republican Party and will be a huge draw for conservative activists from across the country,” SRLC Director Charlie Davis said.

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