July 26th, 2009
11:42 AM ET
5 years ago

Axelrod: I'm not thinking about Palin's next move


WASHINGTON (CNN) – David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s most trusted political advisers, said Sunday that he does not spend time thinking about what Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might do next.

“I can tell you with absolutely honesty,” Axelrod said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “that when I sit around with my political friends . . . there’s very little or no discussion of Sarah Palin.”

“And I really have no idea what Gov. Palin is going to do,” the Obama aide told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “She’s entering private life now. We wish her well and it’s up to her to decide what role she’s going to play in the future. She’s got plenty of advice, I’m sure. She doesn’t need mine.”

After making a surprise announcement late last month that she would be stepping down, Palin is set to transfer power to her lieutenant governor on Sunday amid speculation that her bombshell move is intended to lay the groundwork for a White House run in 2012.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. TCM

    ".....I'm not thinking about Palin's next move...." (as he's mentioning it to CNN so they, who are also not concerned about Palin, are running yet another article about her...)

    July 26, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. catmom

    It's interesting how many people say now that they would vote for Sarah Palin if she ran for President but when they had the chance to vote for her they didn't. I am at a loss as to why the Republicans want to dumb down their candidates but if this is who they think is the best Republicans have to offer, go for it. I guess Republicans don't mind being dumbed down.

    July 26, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Back to Simple Life

    Oh come on CNN. Failin Pailin is too disorganized and dense to ever make it. She won't waste her money even getting into the primaries (if she has a friend smart enough to tell her the truth).

    Get off Palin. She's a lightening rod for hate, division, liars, and the brain dead neo-christians. Poor poor sara.

    July 26, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Sarah will always have her followers, most who think just like her....duh.

    But she has no future as a president-elect.

    I do hope she goes on campaign trails with future presidential hopefuls in the Republican party–or anyone running for office in the Republican party.

    She will help keep them out of office.

    July 26, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Peoples Voice

    I am glad to hear there is at least one person in Washington that does not care about Palin. Now, if we could only get the media to take the same attitude. That would be heaven.

    July 26, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Palin had her chance! The only one that is worried about her is the press that continually tries to break her! I mean she was the VP candidate and lost yet she is headline news every day. She is not my choice but it seems that media is really worried about her popularity. We need someone from either party that understands economics to run our country. No more lawyers and daddy's boy please!!!

    July 26, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. joe smith

    but, what do the Bildenbergers' think of the swinging in the breeze Palin, thats' the question..

    July 26, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. susie

    The Democrats will keep slamming Palin instead of dealing with the issues. Why are they so afraid of her?

    July 26, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Puff the Magic Dragon

    There is no reason for anybody to sit around wondering what Sarah Palin will be doing once she leaves office. The fact that she is leaving is great news. After that, she becomes Joe Citizen, and just like you or me, becomes irrelevent...or more so than she already is.

    July 26, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. katiec

    Why would anyone with any intelligence worry about Palin?
    The only reason she is of any significance now is that the media continues to push her down our throats.
    She will self destruct.

    July 26, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. ib

    Your right; we need to stop thinking about Palin and vocus on the failures and the fact that Obama has spent more in 6 months than any other president in history. This country is broke and he is to stupid to realize it. And no I didn't like Bush's spending either but Bush should be behind us not to be used for blaming every failure on by Obama and company.

    July 26, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    CNN, how is this news? Palin has NOTHING to do with Obama or anything! Why don't you ask Axelrod or Obama how the White House food is? It's just as irrelevant to the national scene. If you think we can't figure out that you are trying to distract the American public from Obama's sinking approval rate on health care by asking and reporting on stupid fluff questions that are better suited to People magazine, then you need to close up shop! Absolutely unbelievable!

    July 26, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. makesUwonder

    Oh, sure you're not concerned about Gov. Palin. My guess is Sarah Palin, besides Hillary Clinton, is on the front burner of your discussions. I'm sure you're not "thinking about what Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might do next." I'm sure you're worried about what Alaska Gov. Palin might be doing next.

    July 26, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Cathy Reid

    Lets just hope this idiot goes away and stays away. No one like her and no thinks she has the brains God gave a goose much less brains enough to be President. I think street sweeping is up her alley.
    Palin go back to your hole in the ground and stay there, no one like you!!!!

    July 26, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Nadine

    America does not FEAR Sarah Palin, it's her "twisted views"!
    Grow up republicans, the past eight years, you clowns allow George Bush to recklessly ruin the country.

    July 26, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Peter E

    WHO CARES? She's a loser and a nobody! Can't we just move on!

    July 26, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. A guy from Maine

    TCM, he just answered their question. What do you want him to do, start talking like he's going to answer it, then twist and turn and keep yapping until something comes out of his mouth that sounds like an answer, then keep going until you run out of words that are strung together in some vague parody of the English language? Oops, someone's got that angle covered already.

    July 26, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Terry

    At the end of the day – Sarah Palin will be gone, except to the Christian Right Wing, which does not run America. If the Republican Party wants to return to a leadership role in National Politics, the Party better work to win over the millions of voters that were lost in 2008. Sarah Palin clearly hurt the Republican Ticket in 2008.

    July 26, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. carol

    Alaska can now enjoy government as it should be run. It will not be the circus it has been. The Dems are not afraid of her and why anyone with half a brain would "sit around and wonder what she is going to do next" is pathetic. She will make money, people will write scripts for her, and hopefully she will not be asked to answer questions in depth.

    July 26, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. HAWK, TEXAS

    You wonder why palin is in the news so much? well the news media is owned 98% by consertive republican billionaires. all the negative news is coming from them. the american people have had a snow job for the last 30 years.

    July 26, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Daniel Schlafer

    I do not believe that David Axelrod does not " think about Sarah Palin's next move " . Axelrod is the political guy for President Obama ! President Obama came for nowhere ! Like another political guy named Rove , Axelrod make be secretly plotting how he can make Sarah Palin the next Ross Perot ? Also , like another political guy named Rove , Axelrod may be plotting ways to stay out of jail ?

    July 26, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. RJ

    Palin is a freak show, not worth discussing. It is not her lack of experience or the ethics that bother me. She doesn't have a grasp of issues facing this country and she got a lot mouth and scary ideas. Let's not forget her 'REAL AMERICA' comment during last elections.

    July 26, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Debby

    Well now I can sleep better Axelrod and his political liberal friends don't discuss Palin. I would hope not since this country is going broke at the hand of you and Obama.

    July 26, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. cspurgeon

    Great answer to a stupid question. State of the Union has really gone down in quality and meaning.

    July 26, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Jackie G

    TCM....he answered a question posed to him? DUH.... you're trying to squeeze blood from a turnip here. He was short and polite. There is nothing to criticize him about...so just stop.

    July 26, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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