February 7th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Come back Tina!

    It is time for Tina to return to SNL.

    February 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. normajean

    Should this ever happen. it will take more than "Heaven" to help us. This woman is about as ready to be president as any movie star you can name. Totally unable to show any knowledge of our country, or any thing else for that matter .She has been tested and failed time and again. She has NO intellectual curiosity nor interest in learning.
    She's a personality with notes or a tellaprompter without which she couldn't say an intellegent word. This isn't even a put down because she is interesting, but these are the facts. You think things are bad NOW?

    February 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Winkandanod

    Someone please explain why this twit is taken seriously as a presidential candidate. Did Dubya really lower the bar so much that being a failed businessman or governor makes one a frontrunner.

    February 7, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Etesot Obe

    Palin? Oh my! I have not laughted a lot recently. Palin in 2012?
    I need to switch to HD TV and buy tonnes of popcorn as I wait for the greated commedy shown on earth. Only in America and among the republicans is this possible.

    From the bottom of my heart, I can wait. I wish 2012 was tomorrow!

    February 7, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. John

    I hope she does run. It would be nice to have a real person in office rather than the stuffed shirt Obumma.

    February 7, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. andrewstl

    please run i love laughing at her on tv. she looks so uncomtorable fake and phonyt. my favorite part she looks dumb. she cant help that she is. but it is a hoot to see her fail on tv.

    go sarah go u din wit

    February 7, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. henrietta

    Great. She couldn't be bothered completing her term as Governor of the tiniest state in the union but now she wants to run the country? As it turns out, all this hopey-changey stuff is working a lot better than the panic and fear ecouraged by the previous administration. We could say over and over that Bush released a bunch of guys who went to Yemen to recommence their activities and that the military courts have had a much smaller percentage of convictions than the civilian courts also used by Bush, but the right wing won't hear any facts that conflict with their preconveived notions and the GOP would rather they won the next election than helped the country as a whole. It must feel so good to them to make people suffer, whether it is becuase of lack of medical treatment or becuase of water-boarding, maybe they can congratulate themselves that God is on their side because they aren't the ones in pain. Until they are.

    February 7, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Wow,it looks like the Mayans were right.If she gets elected,just kiss it goodbye.

    February 7, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Lynne in CA

    Please Teabag Barbie...run for Pres in 2012 and don't forget to write the cheat notes on your hand when you debate President Obama

    February 7, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Bonji

    Will Sarah pay her unpaid property taxes by 2012?

    February 7, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. rasputinslovechild

    This is one smug woman. What she can do best for America is to get out of politics.

    February 7, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Linda

    I was right. Being in the limelight has gone to her head. What an ego! Can you imagine this woman as president? Q: "Who is your favorite founding father?" After thinking for 30 seconds clearly confused by the question she answers. "All of them." WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! Part of the Glenn Beck interview. And this woman has supporters who think she's more intelligent than a Harvard Grad named Obama? Incredible!!!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    She has 2 years to get ready and convince a majority of voters she can do the job. I would not sell this remarkable woman short. Whether she ever runs for President or not she will be a major leader in the conservative revolution.

    February 7, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Lee

    This woman has no credibility. No intelligence. (she couldn't remember Joe Bidens name). No platform other than to slam any political opponent ( look what she did to the Republican Governor of Alaska and she has no political guts. (She quit the governorship when the going got rough. What does she think the Presidency would be? A cake walk? And she wants to be President? We're still reeling from the effects of the last idiot elected. How about this idea. The Republicans put up an intelligent, educated, experienced politician that would inspire the entire party instead of these devisive candidates. A centrist that would appeal to conservatives, independents and the so called "Reagan Democrats". Charlie Crist comes to mind. Or someone like him. You know, someone who could win. Instead of a mental lightweight who has no chance of winning anything except the fringe voters

    February 7, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. andy

    I think Palin is weak and not well focused since she quit her duties as governor of Alaska;however,looking at what the Democrats have put up to run the nation,she should not have much trouble.She may not be the quickest or smartest;but,she would not be the lying stooge we have now.If she did anything it would be an improvement over what we now have.I have to be a Republican because everyone can not be on welfare.Obama,one and done.The Democratic party and Obama-the real global warming problem-so so much hot air.

    February 7, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Kelly in Chicago, IL.

    Hahahahaha go ahead and run! See what happens. She may have fooled people who were able to be fooled, but the majority of Americans see her for what she truly is: someone whose ambitions far exceed her qualifications and intelligence. All she wants is to see herself on TV. She may be popular with the Tea Party, but the rest of the country is entirely sick of her and there is absolutely NO WAY she will ever be president. Really. Wake up and smell the coffee, Tea Party people. Find someone to represent you that the majority of Americans actually like. We do not like her. We think she's a joke and we will never vote for her. If you pin all your hopes on her, you will fail.

    February 7, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Hugo

    I think Sara should stay in the trenches at getting Conservative Americans organized and getting donations to support a new page for America. I do not particularly want her as my commander and Chief, I do like that she enrages the liberals so much because she is everything they hate, it is comical. There are much better candidates for the GOP, they just have to step up from private citizenry, and please, no more lawyers!

    February 7, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Avi Shlomo

    Now the Wingnuts of the obstructionist tea party courting Palin. They must be low on Caffeine.... now they are truly Decafe Party!!

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

    Why don't you do for Our country what you did for Alaska. Quit
    Quit hating,
    Quit lying
    Quit talking nonsense
    Quit instigating terror
    Go ahead and run, I'm sure you'll get at least 600 votes.

    February 7, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. rblaz

    One thing liberals and teabaggers can agree upon – Palin would make an AWESOME GOP nominee in 2012. It would be the death of the Republican Party as we know it.

    February 7, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Brandon

    You could've started out by finishing your term. That would've been a good start to "help your country" is by "helping your state" even further as you were elected to do. I'm sorry but it is difficult to let that one down because it was sad (as it is if any politician steps down early for whatever reason).

    February 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. reader

    How in the world is this womans (idiot) going to help the country. She will only make it go backwards.

    February 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. uncledrinky

    oh PLEASE run...that will be the death knell of the GOP as the holier than thou nutcases blinded by her bs flock to her splitting the Republicans in two

    February 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. JUDYREY

    If the Republicans back Sarah Palin in 2012 it will be another example of how out of touch they are with most of the citizens of this country. Repubs and Dems hear this: most of us are moderate and want both sides to work together for the good of this country. STOP ATTACKING EACH OTHER AND WORK AS IF YOU CARE!!!

    February 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Mike B

    The right thing for the nation? If the nation is looking for an Obama re-election, then it is the right thing for her to run, as the outcome will be guaranteed. If she or the GOP thinks she can actually win, then that clearly is a message that she won't run as there is no situation imaginable where her being President could be a good thing for the US.

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