June 12th, 2009
01:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin tight-lipped on political future

(CNN) - Sarah Palin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday she's not ready to announce any decision on whether she will seek re-election as governor of Alaska in 2010 or seek the Republcian presidential nomination in 2012.

"I'm not definitely going to do anything yet," said the former Republican vice presidential candidate. "What I'm trying to get done for Alaska right now is to get that Alaska gas line built. We need those energy sources flowing through North America. That's what my focus is."

Pressed if she had made a decision privately about future plans, Palin said "No decision that I'd want to announce today."

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last week, Palin was effectively tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as the top pick by Republicans for the party's 2012 presidential nomination.


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  1. tish

    Robin, Robin, Robin:

    I can see why you support Sarah. Your spelling and grammar are on par with hers.

    And to all that think Letterman should make similar remarks about the Obama children, it is Ms. Palin who has the teenager with the illegitimate kid. The same teenager who is preaching abstinence!
    The apple really doesn't fall far from the tree.

    Personally, I hope Sarah runs every four years. Repub dimwits like her will assure democrats stay in power for years to come.

    June 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. a

    wow her grammar! go back to school!

    June 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. ANNY

    Scared of Palin!!!!!! you bet,!!!!!! she is just like the crazy Hate monger that killed the guard in Washington at the museum.......she is full of hate and she is a racist.......she would put all these White Sepremist in her administration if she ever got elected President........let her run, I can't wait to see her lose the Republican Primarys because the followers she has is not enough to carry her to the Presidency.......and the rest of us aren't that stupid to vote for her

    June 12, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. dontreadonme

    FactCheck June 12th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

    The first woman to seriously contend for President.

    When you wake up from your coma, you may want to pick up a newspaper or Google the words "Hillary Clinton". How can Republicans be so idiotic?-------------------

    Hillary never made it past the primaries therefore it is a stretch to say that she was a serious contender for the Presidency. If (as this article states) Plain would win the primary she would be the first woman to seriously contend for the Presidency!

    June 12, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. dontreadonme

    June 12th, 2009 1:39 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    FactCheck June 12th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

    The first woman to seriously contend for President.

    When you wake up from your coma, you may want to pick up a newspaper or Google the words "Hillary Clinton". How can Republicans be so idiotic?———————————————————

    Hillary never made it past the primaries therefore it is a stretch to say that she was a serious contender for the Presidency. If (as this article states) Palin would win the primary she would be the first woman to seriously contend for the Presidency!

    Palin 2012

    June 12, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Tina

    Why is the media so fascinated with this person? She is barely average in intelligence (can see Russia from Alaska; the Vice-president is in charge of the Senate; reads everything in front of her, ad nauseum.) No one who is half-intelligent could even consider her in the White House. Jeez-she makes George W. Bush look/sound like Einstein.
    Enough already! Move on to somethine else, PLEEEEEEZ!

    June 12, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Jaimon

    She's done a better job as Alaska's governor than Obama's done as President so far. At least their budget is close to balanced.
    We'll see if borrowing from China only to have the Feds run the car, medical, and banking industries will save us.

    June 12, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. think

    Letterman is a disgrace.

    I can not believe what we are allowing to be done to a woman and her daughter.

    turn off the Televisions People.

    Protect your children and let your daughters know just how hurtful and disrespecfully they have been treated. Find out what comanies advertise during the Letterman show and write them and stop buying their products.

    How dare the writers and the producers of that show allow such a disgusting, degrading remark to be said on television.

    THIS WAS NOT ABOUT POLITICS it is about woman and young girls and if we do not voice as woman and mothers that this wrong it will not stop and shame on all of us for allowing it.

    .

    June 12, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. If Stupid Does

    A lot less than 50% of the country is racist, so it is no way she could win the Presidency. She can win in Alaska because I guess a lot of racist and stupid people live there.

    June 12, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Amor de Cosmos II

    If she thinks she is a credible candidate, and if enough of her supporters agree, she should run for the presidency in 2012. Her presence on the political stage has generated an enormous amount of heat, but not much light. The primary process would prove very effective in showing her supporters and detractors alike whether she actually has the intelligence, judgment, and political skill to lead the Republicans and provide a credible alternative to a president who clearly has these traits.

    June 12, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Chenna Benna

    Dave Letterman's joke was in poor taste and the day after Dave did something he rarely does and admitted he was wrong and apologized. He has since dropped the issue from his show, but Sarah Barracuda won't let it go. Sarah needs to save the drama. If she really wants to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate in 2012 or even as a top leader of the GOP, then she needs to discuss policy issues, come up with some good ideas, and stop coming out on TV trying to be a poor little victim all the time. Politics rule #1: Never whine.

    June 12, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Lizz

    Why do you even talk about sarah Palin? Haven't you seen the last election? She's not qualified intellectually and personally. Maybe she can try entertainment or beauty contest. That's what she's good at.

    June 12, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. marcus

    As a member of the Democratic party I certainly hope that she runs for another term. The president doesnt have anything to worry about if this fruitcake gets the republican nomination in 2012.

    June 12, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. MN

    As a Republican, I voted Democratic because of her in 2008. I would do the same in 2012. She is a laughingstock world-wide and would put the US in an awful position when it comes to foreign affairs. As a former Alaskan, she barely has a grasp of Alaska politics. She was elected Governor only because the alternatives were worse. She only has an intelligence for local politics. Her speeches as a VP candidate were devisive and rabble rousing. She is a hypocritical ultra conservative. Someone called her the "Paris Hilton of Politics" and that seems to be right on. She is truly fodder for late night comedians, but she puts herself out there so she shouldn't be surprised. Also her 18 year old daughter is legally an adult, appears on talk shows and magazine covers, so she can't complain when it happens to her either. "If you can't take the heat ....."

    June 12, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. April

    Just go through those hatemongers so-called liberals, I can feel their fear of Palin on the air!!!! Their hateful comments just make Palin more famous!

    June 12, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    I hope she runs, the people of Alaska are smart enough not to elect her again. What a pathetic little person she is. Claims to be a Christian but is as mean-spirited as a snake.

    June 12, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Tina

    Tess,
    You could not be more wrong. Liberals and we Independents do not fear Palin. We are appalled that someone so intellectually limited can be taken seriously. If John McCain (who I used to respect) had not been brow-beatened into taking her on the ticket (as the Republican answer to the intellectually-superior Clinton) most of us would never have heard of her. I have voted for Republicans as well as Democrats (and occasionally Independents) but you can bet everything you own, they've all been smart people.

    June 12, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Susan from S Illinois

    Hopefully she will stay in Alaska and OUT of national politics so the rest of the country doesn't have to see or hear her.

    June 12, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. AC

    Palin doesn't have the intellect, or temperment to be an elected official (this includes Alaska). Palin compares to having the ex-Miss California being elected President of the United States. We'd be better off drawing straws for the President than electing Palin.
    Signed,
    An Alaskan

    June 12, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    What a pathetic little person she is. Claims to be a Christian but is as mean-spirited as a snake.

    June 12, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Ernestine

    @Jan from Madison WI June 12th, 2009 12:40 pm ET

    "This insinuation that it's ok, that it's acceptable to talk like that and then that it's acceptable for the media to not provide the American public, the listeners, the readers the full context of that joke," she said, adding that it's also a "sad commentary on what Americans are fed in terms of full news."

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    OH NO!!! This woman did not say this, tell me it ain't so. An this is the future of the GOP and this is coming from a woman who in her speech preached hate.

    June 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. carlo

    Come on CNN, three tickers on this nimwit? She is the most vile, evil, self-serving, self-righteous, and self-absorbed woman of recent memory. The fact that this country is filled with smart women and she is the best the Republican Party can do speaks volumes. Oh, but Sonia Sotomayor is a racist and not too bright according to the same numbn@ts who say this woman is brilliant.

    June 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Adam from Ohio

    Rev Wright,

    The difference is that Obama has accomplished more in the last couple months than Queen Sarah has accomplished in all the time that she's been either sitting in Wasilla collecting per diems or jetting around the country while calling herself governor.

    June 12, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Sherry

    Ohhhh I think it is very clear what Palin's intentions are. Doesn't take a rocket scientist, especially since she is insinuating herself in the news just about every day for a week or so. It's either slow news month or the Palin media groupies just can't get their fill of the Governor. It would be a very sad day for America if she were to get nominated or elected as President or Vice President. As much as I would welcome a woman as President, THIS woman is clearly NOT the one. I have to wonder where the Governor's baby was on the trip to NYC? I rarely see photos of her holding him, unless it is for political posturing. Usually one of her daughters are holding him. Gee Governor Palin, that says so much about you.

    June 12, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. sheya

    "I'm not definitely going to do anything yet,"
    — Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, read that sentence from your interview and see if you can find the grammatical error. It actually changes the entire meaning of the sentence.
    Actually you are wrong. This sentence places the emphasis on “Definitely” meaning I am not “definitely” going to do anything yet. I am not committing to anything definite yet. Unlike “I'm definitely “not” going to do anything yet," which puts the emphasis on “not”.
    This answer suggests this was a response to a question that had the word definite in it. Something like “can you definitely say weather you will or will not run for re-election” Hold your criticism till you have seen or heard the whole context.

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    "Please, please, please run in 2012. This was the Democrats can maintain a stronghold on government for the next generation."
    So what you are saying is that the only way the Dems can win is by having a weak opposition. I agree that on their own merits the Democrats and Obama don’t have a chance. Not that I am suggesting that Palin is a weak candidate.

    June 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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