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Sarah Palin is standing on the back deck of her father's home in Wasilla, Alaska, spending the day like she usually does: getting her youngest child, Trig, ready for school while checking in with her 84-year-old dad as he adjusts to life without her mom, who passed away suddenly last year.

"Trig goes to public school at a really great special needs program at Wasilla Middle School," Palin said about her 14-year-old son, who was born with Down syndrome. "We get up and get out to the bus stop by 6:55 in the morning with our flashlights because it is so dark out."

While Trig is at school, Palin said, she works on her campaign for Congress. The mother of five is running for Alaska's lone House seat, which became vacant when longtime Rep. Don Young died in March.

Now 58, not much about Palin has changed since she was tapped as John McCain's vice-presidential running mate on the 2008 Republican ticket.

She is also still a target for the media, which remain doubtful about her political prospects. Earlier this month, Politico published a story about her congressional bid, titled: "I Just Think Sarah These Days is Not a Person to Be Taken Seriously." NPR declared, "Sarah Palin is attempting a comeback in Alaska, but her star has dimmed at home," while The Washington Post blared, "Sarah Palin is running for Congress. Many Alaskans are skeptical of her."

But Palin just shrugs. "The media forgets that I was a mayor, a city council member and chair of the oil and gas commission that oversaw the supply of a lot of our natural resources to the rest of the United States," she said of her credentials.

 

"They forget that I have a record and education and experience. I've been doing this for 30 years now. That is what they get wrong, and they never want to talk about that. Well, I like to talk about my record because it is just so full of common sense," she said.

"Or maybe they forget perhaps that I was a governor?" she added of the position she won when she unseated Gov. Frank Murkowski -- a prominent leader of Alaska's establishment Republicans and the father of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, -- in the 2006 Republican primary.

Of her rivals she says, "I have never been part of a clique politically up here and that just rubs people the wrong way if they believe that they're the kingmakers."

She declared her run for Congress on April 1 -- just weeks after visiting New York City to pursue a defamation suit against the New York Times.

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