Sarah Palin Wondered ‘Will I Die?’ Before Making 2012 Decision

Sarah Palin reiterated her reasons for not seeking the GOP presidential nomination on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show tonight, saying that she considered whether not jumping into the race would be the end of her political career.

“If I say no to the opportunity that’s in front of me, politically speaking, will I die?,” she said, discussing her decision making process. “But no, after making the decision today and making the announcement, I know beyond a shadow of the doubt … I know that it’s the right decision.”

The former Alaska governor apologized again to her supporters.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin greets fairgoers while visiting the Iowa State Fair. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision,” she said. “But I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that really, you don’t need a title to make a decision in this country.”

Palin said she’s already receiving calls from the Republican presidential contenders seeking her endorsement and advice.

“Good old Todd,” she said, referring to her husband. “He’s the one answering the phone and setting up meetings for us. I do look forward to hearing more personally from these politicians.”

As for who’s calling, Palin said, “You’ll have to ask Todd.”

But before talking about her own news, Palin responded to the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away Wednesday, hours after her announcement.

“He touched our family with his ingenuity, with his work ethic, in the invention of the iPad,” she said, explaining that her son Trig, who has Down’s Syndrome, interacts with the family through the device. “He’s able to communicate with us through that. It’s just a personal touch.”