December 8th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
10 months ago

Palin: 'My heart goes out to Huckabee'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke about Mike Huckabee's clemency decision and a potential third party run in 2012.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke about Mike Huckabee's clemency decision and a potential third party run in 2012.

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin said in a recent radio appearance that Mike Huckabee made a "horrible decision" nine years ago to commute the prison sentence of the man suspected of killing four police officers in Washington, but she added that her "heart goes out" to the former Arkansas governor.

In an interview last week with conservative radio host Lars Larson, Palin called the murders "tragic" and "unfathomable."

"It was a bad decision obviously, but my heart goes out to Huckabee," the former Alaska governor said. "I love him, and I feel bad for him to be in this position. But I feel even worse for the victim's families in this situation. I do feel bad for Huckabee, but it was a horrible decision he made."

Huckabee has said he regrets the decision to commute the sentence of the suspected shooter, Maurice Clemmons, but said he thinks he made the right assessment at the time. Palin said she had never pardoned or granted clemency to prisoners when she served in Juneau.

"I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys," she said. "I'm on the good guys' side."

Pressed on her political ambitions, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee would not rule out a third party run at the White House in 2012.

"That depends on how things go in the next couple of years," she said. "It really does depend. There are enough Republicans who are realizing, 'Oh whoops, some of us liberal republicans have screwed up.' And I'm not including myself in that group, but some liberal Republicans have screwed up."

Palin said her decision rests on whether or not the GOP does a better job of appealing to its conservative base.

"If the Republican Party gets back to that base, I think our party is going to be stronger and there's not going to be a need for a third party, but I'll play that by ear in these coming months, coming years," she said.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Janis Alanis

    I will state the obvious. She was not in Juneau long enough to make any real decisions. She is obviously politic-king here and burning Huckleberry. Way to divide.
    3rd party my arse. Ask Perot. She may be pretty, but she is not even as 'smart' as Perot, nor funded nearly as well.
    Having said that, please make a 3rd party , split the "Liberal" Republicans from the "Conservative" ones and ruin both of their potential. I heart this idea.

    December 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    Palin seems to lack common sense.

    To believe the radical right of the Republican part can win an election is delusional.

    December 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Jay

    Who cares what you think?

    December 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Mike in Dallas

    "my heart goes out to Huckabee," the former Alaska governor said. "I love him" – Palin

    However much she "loves him" she isn't going to miss out on an opportunity to punch one of her main rivals within the Republican party.

    December 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Linda

    Great news Sarah!

    Palin, Baby, Palin

    December 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Maria

    Everything she says is self serving. Enough SP coverage. Why is this a story?

    December 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Robert J 1

    Typical Republican, Typical blustering Palin. It takes guts to do something / anything – an imbecile can sit in a corner and criticize while doing nothing. The Republican attitude is do nothing / blame anyone who thinks for themselves & find fault with everything that doesn't have a republican stamp on it. Sounds a lot like the Taliban's attitude. The Taliban way or the highway. Of course fear mongering and veiled terrorism are common traits of the Republican party and the Taliban. No thanks republicans..You have terrorized America enough!

    December 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. A. Goodwin

    Her comment that liberal repubs screwed up just shows how out of touch she really is. The conservative base of her party is not going to survive...I dont think they will be stronger. The older the party gets...less and less people want to be associated with that group. Once the old, white guys die off – who will REALLY be in the conservative base? Republicans need to be more moderate if they are to survive. To think otherwise is to be living in a dream world.

    December 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Willow

    Palin doesn't have a heart, what is she talking about?

    If anyone deserves sincere sympathy and an outgoing of "heart" it should go to the families of the victims–not the man who aided the murderer!

    Everytime this woman opens her big fat mouth she continues to demonstrate she is irrelevant and has no real comprehension of complex issues. Stick a fork in her, she is done!!!!

    December 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Being on the side of the "good guys" as Palin puts it is totally opposite of what she and her husband Todd did during "TROOPERGATE" along with several other unethical actions which led her to quit her job during investigations. If Palin thinks in coming months or coming years people will forget, she's wrong again as usual.

    December 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. russell

    ok again CNN , why is this a story........

    December 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Jay

    Yes please please run as a 3rd party candidate. Then you can do for us what Nader did for you Republicans in 2000. Please run. My man Obama is assured his 2nd (and deservedly so) term.

    December 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Michelle

    Flat out refusing to ever grant clemency or pardons is not something to brag about, Sarah. Particularly if there is evidence that a person has been wrongfully convicted or given an excessive sentence. It's this black and white "good guys vs. bad guys" and "real america vs. fake america" thinking that makes me absolutely certain she is unfit to be in charge of anything.

    December 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Eric'n Phoenix, AZ

    Wow. Choice of words really describes a persons character. Especially someone who has a bachelors degree in journalism. I am worried for our country if this woman comes to power.

    December 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Palin is correct. We fail to remember that Washington State also failed when they gave this guy a paltry $15K bail after it was alleged he raped a child. The problem is prisons are overflowing with non-violent offenders (mostly for drugs) that there is not much room for the violent ones! There was no 8-9 year look into the future for Gov Huckabee. Washington State however, is a very different story!

    December 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Alex in Wisconsin

    Wow.... just wow....

    Sorry about that, i have an allergic reaction to high levels of ignorance.

    Ok now that i have recovered, first off, since when is it ok for Chirstians to not have mercy on bad people? I must have missed that memo. If good people can't have mercy on bad people, then there is no such thing as mercy.

    Second, the republican party doesn't have any liberals. she is obviously attacking the moderates who don't think it's ok to spend mucho dineros to destroy the separation of church and state and attack all the people who don't claim to have the same beliefs. not to be confused with the people who talk the moral talk, but can't walk the moral walk, they are the ones running the republican party. shout out to Palin, Sanford, Ensign, et al.

    December 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. brad

    "I'm on the good guys' side." Sounds kind of weird coming from a high political profile. Sounds kind of juvenile. I know what she is saying but her intellect is, well, I wil leave it up to the individual.

    December 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Chipster

    Palin "never pardoned or granted clemency to prisoners." That's called "Compassionate Conservatism" – no second chances. Let's have no second chances for Palin either.

    Huckabee made a bad decision but how many people did he pardon who became model citizens? There are those who can be and are rehabilitated, living productive lives. We don't have enough prisons to house them all. It's better to take a chance on those who seem sincere and committed minor infractions than to simply use the FIFO or FILO method of releasing prisoners when its too full.

    December 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. sharonb01

    Whoops! There it is. Ms. Palin will create a third party home for the extremists, leaving the GOP room to become, again, rational and useful. I can't say I'm unhappy about it, I remember when I could have an argument with a republican without being hit up side the head with their bible, or suddenly finding myself talking to a person who believes that bombing women's clinics is a perfectly justifiable christian tactic...

    December 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Alan

    I have to wonder...has Sarah read her book yet?

    December 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Save it bimbo. No one believes anything you say. You lie. And I am not sure you really have a heart. I think that is a lie as well. Hold your baby up and use him as a prop one more time and tell us how much you care.
    Your are an embarrassment to women and the good people of the United States of America.
    Scum that is what you are!!!

    December 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Yawn; just *who* is this bimbette, again?

    December 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Dakota Kyle

    Wow! Talk about a "Bad Romance"!

    Only Lady GaGa seems to have foreseen this little docudrama between these two as they will fight it out over which one is the most "christian".

    Now, if only one could come up with a scandal that involved a smoking bed...

    December 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Hey CNN why don't you just change you name to PALIN.com. Seems like you manage to cover every thing she says and does. Even a sneeze is given a two page spread...Get a clue....no wonder you have dropped to last.

    December 8, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. GOP 2012

    Ya!! Palin 2012!

    December 8, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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