February 7th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin says 2012 presidential bid a possibility

'I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in an interview that aired Sunday.
'I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in an interview that aired Sunday.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she would consider a run for president in 2012 if the situation was right for her family and the nation.

In an interview recorded Saturday and broadcast on "FOX News Sunday," Palin said she would run "if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family."

"I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," Palin said, later adding: "I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."

The interview was recorded before her keynote address Saturday night at what was billed as the first national Tea Party convention. Palin, who had little national profile before running unsuccessfully for vice president on Sen. John McCain's Republican ticket in 2008, remains a leading GOP draw and an unofficial symbol of the Tea Party movement of conservative discontent with government.

The convention, which concluded with a dinner and Palin speech that cost more than $500 per ticket, was intended to begin transforming the Tea Party movement into a political force capable of influencing elections, organizers said.

"It's so inspiring to see real people - not politicos, inside-the-beltway professionals - come out, stand up and speak out for common sense conservative principles," Palin said in her speech to a crowd that gave her repeated standing ovations.

Calling the Tea Party movement a "ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way they're doing business," Palin said "America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this."

In the interview with Fox, Palin said she believed President Barack Obama would lose a re-election bid in 2012 if he fails to change the policies followed so far in just over a year in office.

If Obama "continues on the path that he has American on today," Palin said, "he's not going to win.

"That's what a lot of Americans are telling him today, and he's not listening," Palin said. "Instead, he's telling everybody else, 'Listen up and I'll tell you the way it is.' Well, we have a representative form of government in our democracy. And we want him and we want Congress to listen to what the things are that we are saying."

In her speech, Palin cited the upset victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy as evidence of the popular discontent over Obama's policies.

She called on the administration to take note of the election results, saying "you better stop lecturing and start listening."

"The Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda will leave us less secure, more in debt and under the thumb of big government," Palin said in reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Many of those attending the convention at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center said they are big Palin supporters.

Pam Silleman, a 52-year-old small business owner and Tea Party activist who traveled to the convention from California's Napa Valley, called Palin "the Tea Party's inspiration."

Asked if Palin should make a bid for the White House, Silleman said, "I would like to see her in a higher office but I don't know that she'll do it. I wouldn't want her to be hurt that bad."

Fremont Brown, a supporter who had "Palin 2012" bumper stickers with him, said Palin is "the right person."

"She has fervent heart and she's conservative," added the 59-year-old Brown, who owns a small business in North Carolina. "She was the only one truly qualified with executive experience of the four who ran in 2008. The others were glorified lobbyists."

But Palin's experience has frequently been called into question, most recently in a book that chronicles the 2008 campaign. "Game Change" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann largely portrays the then-vice presidential candidate as wholly unprepared for the national stage and poorly versed in a range of pressing issues.

Palin has called the book "a bunch of BS from [McCain campaign manager Steve] Schmidt and those guys," Palin said. "It's pretty made up."

In the Fox interview, Palin said she receives daily e-mails from experts on topical issues that have helped become "more astute" than she was during the 2008 election campaign.


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  1. zazzle.com/TheProgram

    Dear Sarah Palin:

    You've already proven you can't take the heat...and that was just in Alaska.

    February 7, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Adam from Ohio

    So, if this hairbrained nitwit goes up against Obama in an unscripted one-on-one, will she write crib notes in her hand like she did at the teabagger rally? ... CNN, please stop treating this lunatic as a legitimate political figure. I know; she gets you ratings, so you humor her. I get it. Now, please find your long-lost sense of responsibility and expose her as the fraud she is. Thanks.

    February 7, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Corey, Maryland

    I would love for Sarah Palin to get the GOP nomination. That would be the easiest election for the Democrats to win in history!

    If you support her, there is seriously something wrong with you. It's not a Democrat or Republican or a Liberal/Conservative issue, she is just a worthless politician that has fooled millions of weak minded Americans to support her incompetence. End of story. And if you don't see it that way, then you don't belong in this country.

    February 7, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Robert

    "That's what a lot of Americans are telling him today, and he's not listening," Palin said. "Instead, he's telling everybody else, 'Listen up and I'll tell you the way it is.' Well, we have a representative form of government in our democracy. And we want him and we want Congress to listen to what the things are that we are saying."

    First of all, the 'a lot of Americans' she is talking about aren't that many. Second, she and her followers LOST the election. It is they that need to listen to what the voters of this country want.

    So now if the president gives a speech or makes a proposal he is 'lecturing?'

    Pathetic how she and others are trying to paint him. He's the brightest, most articulate and most able president we've had in a long long time.

    Please Sarah, please go ahead and run as an independent (you won't ever be the Republican nominee). Lead your small following into obscurity.

    Nobody but Fox and CNN seems to take you seriously.

    February 7, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    She has to wait for words from God (or Limbaugh or Beck or or or or or).

    Palin/Bachmann 2012

    Run sara run.

    February 7, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. momof3

    I like Palin, I think she brings change to the way we look at politics, but I don't think she is ready for Presidential bid... she needs more time to learn and have more experience to lead this nation..... Our nation is a great nation. I don't think Obama is a good leader and was ready, hopefully things will change in 2012...

    February 7, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. PeterS

    Sarah Palin should run in 2012 as she would guarantee a Democratic win! Go Sarah, Go!

    February 7, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    Her? No, she could not even finish her term in an easy to govern State. She instantly and single handed would get my No vote for the Republican Party. The Reps. need to look for real leaders.

    February 7, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Al

    YAHOO! Then she'll siphon enough votes away from the mainstream Republican candidate for Obama to have a landslide win. Go for it, Sarah!!!

    February 7, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Juge

    Now that's a bad joke!

    February 7, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Kathy, GA

    Sarah, after you lose the election please GO AWAY!

    February 7, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. John B

    I can't imagine a better scenario for a democrat win in 2012 than a Palin nomination. The fact that she can seriously consider a presidential run is proof that the republican party is on life support.

    February 7, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. hello!

    Palin 2012 :)

    February 7, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. America First

    OMG!!! She would lose so badly! She couldn't get by with just giving prescripted interviews with Fox, she would actually have to give interviews to neutral news organizations and debate, which would once again reveal her lack of intelligence and demonstatrate that she has no grasp of the issues whatsoever. It would be good for the Democrats if she did run, but I would hate to have to listen to her screechy voice all over the place during the campaign.

    February 7, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    This gal is not very bright, a pathological liar, and a real loose cannon. Let us look elsewhere.

    February 7, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Sean

    Good news. There are a lot of credible candidates out there, and certainly Ron Paul is a better one than this nutty girl. Come on.... can we deserve better?

    February 7, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Steve

    God help us and the United States of America if this idiot runs for President. Her speech last night came across as the ramblings of a "retard." She didn't have one intelligent thing to say. It's now wonder the Republican party is in trouble. I can only say that I didn't leave the Republican party, the party left me!

    February 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Justin

    As an independent voter, I hope Palin is the GOP nominee in 2012, guaranteeing another four years of a Democratic presidency. The problem for her is that most conservatives also recognize that she has zero chance of being elected because she makes George W. Bush look like Stephen Hawking. She's nothing more than a pretty face with a rudimentary knowledge of the issues who will make the eventual GOP nominee look like a genius in comparison. I'm just tired of her being in the news and thinking she is still relevant.

    February 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. joe

    good luck beating romney, jindal, brown, and all the other qualified conservatives who dont give up when the going gets tough. Jindal made it through one of the biggest natural disasters in our history. She cant even make it through honest critique and a lawsuit or two. What a wimp

    keep selling your dime novels sara
    free subscription to newsmax included.

    what a joke

    February 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    Palin says she will run for President, "if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family."

    Does right for the family include the government making an agreement to provide a private plane to fly her kids back and forth to Alaska for school? Does it mean if the money is right for she and the family? Does that also mean if her level of knowledge has increased at least to the level of a 10th grader?

    There are so many things this woman will have to do to prepare to run for President in 2012 that she should stop and start over again. I would love to see her run in 2012 as President Obama is allowing republicans to really dig into him so he needs all the advantages he can get in his re-election bid. Sarah Palin would be the best thing to ever happen to the democratic party.

    February 7, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. John Beshoff

    Mitt Romney would be a safer pair of hands.

    February 7, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Lynn

    "I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," What she can and should do to help our country is go back to Alaska and care for her special needs child. Her ego is amazing; would whoever told her she had special talents go wash your mouth out with soap.

    February 7, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Jorgor Barrie

    Pallin is POWER HUNGRY but absolutely not qualified to even be a Secretary of any Department let alone a VP or President.

    February 7, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Theresa

    Ms Palin's not the pres. yet-if she'd get off the book tour she could do her own research. I'm interested --out of all the millions of people in the US who are the REAL people?????

    February 7, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. buckeye

    Now that the US Supreme Court has converted elections into auctions by opening the floodgates to unlimited spending on political propaganda, even daffy duck, let alone sarah palin, has a good shot at getting elected by massive campaign spending.

    February 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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