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. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Sarah Palin is just another symptom of what is wrong with this country, all the things that will precede the fall of Western Civilization. Ignorance will not prevail and will end up dragging the rest of us down with it.

    Read "The Family": The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. It is a sobering look at the sick theology running through our government today that will continue to sacrifice the rest of us for their "greater good", the "chosen ones."

    July 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Loup Garou 782

    All those who are so unconcerned about Ms. Palin's plans sure do spend a lot of time wondering what she will do next. One thing is almost certain, Ms. Palin does not waste any of her precious time thinking about or getting all tingly legged over an Axelrod or others in that administration.

    July 26, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. GOP Disaster

    Sarah Palin is not worth worrying except if she end up destroying the GOP .

    July 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. OBSERVER

    Once again anyone that thinks any DEM is afraid of Palin is totally wrong. She is not a THREAT she does bring ougt a point that must be seen as a real problem. A small but very vocalk percent of the US population has some very strong feelings about subjects that really do not belong in politics.

    Family values has been a big topic, and far too often those that preach the most are also those have have the most guilt. Palin has a family and during the election she showed no family valuses that I hold hightly. Unwed teens is not a value I hold. Rejection of science is not logical.

    The fact that Palin runs away when things get tough does not look good for future goals. As a free agent she can run around talking all she wants about whater ever she wishes to talk about it is a right earned by the brave. BUT THEN WE ALL KNOW TALK IS CHEAP!

    July 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Scott, Tucson

    Palin is smart enough not to take any kind of advice from this one term administration. Obama is going have to worry about Hillary or Biden running against him in 2012 let alone contend with a possible Palin run for the WH.

    July 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Aaron

    There's no point in offering Palin advice, she doesn't listen. She does what she feels like no matter what.

    Anyone considering voting for her in 2012 is endangering the country. I'd hope someone with experience and in the right frame of mind like Romney or Pawlenty will challenge her and expose her for the freak and moron she is.

    July 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. MillerJ

    Right about now, I don't think anybody wants advice from anyone in the Obama camp.

    July 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Keith in Austin

    So do any of you Liberal Palin-haters actually believe anythin Axelrod says? The Dems know unquestionably that Palin appeals to millions of Americans that have woken up to their tax and spend, socialistic agenda. This is why a day doesn't go by without commentary publicized by the Obama-controlled media and the vicious but ficticious lawsuits the Democratic machine continues to wage! Yeah right, Democratc leadership isn't watching her like a hawk because she is a major threat to their liberal gameplan.

    July 26, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Stu-Florida

    I'm thinking about Palins' next move and I'm hoping it's OUTTA HERE!!!
    The one comment about her standing shoulder to shoulder with
    other great women leaders of the world is on the mark. We should be embarrased she ever got to where she did.
    The good people of Alaska should also be relieved... that is with the exception of the few hundred that attended her picnic...

    July 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Belgium

    I for one am not sitting around waiting what Sarah Palin is going to do.
    The only reason she had her 15 minutes is because the Republican Party needed the female vote.

    I don't think the press has to spend more time on Mrs. Palin.

    July 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Joan

    The only reason I read anything about her (and more often I don't) is to see what level of stupidity she she has accomplished. I don't watch soap operas, but it seems similar.

    July 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. james

    I'm anxiously awaiting the new 'less politically correct' Sarah Palin. Boy, that's going to be truely hilarious.

    July 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Carolyn Schwartz

    Some sage advice for Sarah Palin would be to find a career other than politics, she neither the knowledge, professionalism or charisma needed to repair the damage she did to herslef in the campaign with Senator McCain. Personally, if she decides to run in 2010 I will the first person in line to campaign against her election. She is an embarrasment to women in general for her brashness and rudeness. Certainly no "soccer mom that I know of who act as she did. However, she does have certain criteria of a lot of politicians – cheating and lying.

    July 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. John

    The people who think Palin is any sort of threat to ANYBODY are delusional. She won't even make it past the Republican primaries, let alone to the nomination. People like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee will eat her alive during the primaries.

    Really, if you think she's the biggest hope for the Republican party, that party is doomed.

    July 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Elly

    Palin is a loose cannon!!! I dont understand Americans
    you just went thru 8 years of hell with Barney Fife and Darth Vader
    At least you have someone in there now with great intelligence trying to make health care better for all you but instead you put Obama down
    when he is only cleaning up the mess Barney and Darth made
    Sitting around using a senseless label like socialism and THATS all it is!!!
    Palin would be more wise to educate herself for two or three years and then try
    You DO NOT need a female version of Barney Fife at the helm in 2012
    The thought is enough to make one shudder!!!

    July 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Banderman

    Axelrod, like the rest of the current Administration is arrogant, pompous, and over confident; believing they cannot be beat or challenged. Next time they have a collective thought, they should let it go. Even if Axelrod wanted to give Palin any 'advice', she would be well advised to ignore anything they have to offer.

    July 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Jim in Indiana

    I can't believe anyone is still talking about her. Why are conservatives in love with these intellectual light weights. She's cute but she's dumb.

    July 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. DB

    Palin represents those dwindling, largely rural and Southern, whites who think of themselves as "real" Americans while everybody else isn't. It's a sizeable group but not big enough to win the White House.

    A majority of Americans will never elect Sarah Palin. That is due in large part to the fact that she thinks of a majority of us as not "real" Americans.

    July 26, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Cindy

    Most of us in Juneau, AK are not thinking of Palin's next move. Why is it the media never came down to Juneau to ask our opinion of Palin during the presidential campaign? They would have discovered she wasn't winning popularity polls here!

    July 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. OBSERVER

    Palin knows ALL ABOUT SOCIALISM!!! She has a big plan to REDISTRIBUTE the wealth of the oil revinue to the people of Alaska.

    July 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Meka

    Palin's future. . .REALITY TV!

    July 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Susan B Arnold

    Sarah Palin is unique. She is competent, honest and genuine. Her eyes are filled with a spark for life, love and and concern for others, not self-centered greed like so many of our high level Washingtonians. She is right, for the need to bring good back to our country. Her time is coming.

    July 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. ROBERT

    Pro life is her Number 1 agenda and America really needs a President that does not let a one side issue consume them.

    July 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Bluskys

    The Alaska Govenors office is in her rear view mirror "looser looser" and her run in 2012 is same as the " her road and bridge to
    nowhere .
    Her baloon is full of hot air .

    July 26, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Tom

    As a Democrate leaning Independant, all I can say is, I hope she does run. Nothing could help my side out more. She, to put it mildly, makes no sense when she speaks. None! I can't imagine her representing our country abroad. Eeeeek!

    July 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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