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. The Captain

    She's said over and over that she would not run in 2012 as well as stating that she's out of the political limelight. The said thing is, if she runs there are actually people that will vote for her.

    February 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. not alone

    Please run Sarah I would love to hear you awser some of those big questions like. How come you didnt ask Rushes boss to fire him like you did the other guy, and why did you not declare two homes built to the state tax board? Do you sing," If I only had a brain alot"?

    February 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. duckunder

    As an Independent, I liked a lot of what the Tea Party stood for. Now that the Lunitic Fringe and Palin are taking over the party, forget it.

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

    Okay, so I listened to her speech at the tea party convention and on Fox News and for the life of me I don't understand this fascination that people have with Sarah Palin. She doesn't have one coherent thought in her head !! Why would anyone be enamored with a person who was a failed Vice President candidate that her own running mate had so little confidence in her that he wouldn't allow her to speak on her own unless it was completely choreographed. She quit her first term as Governor in order for her to rake in the dough and now she spends her time trying to tell the President of the United States what to do ?? Are you kidding me? This woman can't even manage her own life other than to use people in order to make money. What are her solutions to the grave problems facing this country? Does she have any original ideas? Today she was talking about going back to what Reagan did. Why do Republicans insist on dumbing down America? Why would I want someone who knows less about current affairs than I do making decisions that will be with our country for years to come. There is a huge difference between a highly intelligent person who has proven himself by being elected President of the United States and a person plucked from the unknown, riding the coattails of a senile old man who believes all the hype but has yet to show any substance.

    February 7, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Papasan

    The Lipstick Clown (Palin) at her finest spreading the word of Racism, Bigotry, and Hate! John McCain should be very proud of himself for digging up this Fascist moron for all of the World to behold.

    February 7, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Dumb and dumber...Palin is even less qualified to serve as president than George W Bush. Shame on McCain for giving us Palin.

    February 7, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. bethie

    Can you just imagine? What is the United States coming to? Shame .

    February 7, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Steve Sandler

    I just can't stand this woman. When will everybody wake up?

    February 7, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. JP

    She is the single biggest reason McCain lost. Sarah haven't you done enough damage to the party. If you run it means 4 more for Obama the socialist.

    February 7, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Tim

    Dear G.O.P.,

    Please, please, pretty please run Sarah Palin in 2012.

    Sincerely,

    The Democratic Party

    February 7, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. JCALA

    Palin says "It's good to have all of this information at my fingerprints."
    Lord...

    February 7, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. one voice

    Anything past Her Republican talking points and She's lost. HOW PATHETIC. That's what I call Presidential material. LOL

    February 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Dave

    I agree with her on everything except:
    1) who makes up real America
    2) how to formulate foreign policy
    3) what a socialist is
    4) What ethics are as a governor
    5) what makes good parenting
    6) what being respectful to John McCain means
    I don't have time to list these things, and come to think of it, we really don't agree on much.

    February 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. concerned citizen

    NOOOOOOOOOO! She is not the right choice,She will divide the conservative vote and Obama will win again. Please, please don't let her run. It will end badly. Not to mention the fact that she, like Obama, is an idealogue. It's her way or the highway and I don't want an idealogue in the Whitehouse. Look where it has taken us so far.

    February 7, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. jim atmadison

    Does that mean she's dropping the Fox gig? She can't legally espouse her stated presidential ambitions while acting as a, um, whatever she is on Fox, can she?

    February 7, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. 71 YEAR OLD DISABLED VETERAN

    Are they nuts or what? he likes her because she is a conservative. we just had eight years of a conservative and look what that got us. bush took a 3 billion surplus and turned it into a trillion dollar debt. plus robbing social sercurity and every thing else he could, someone should check fort knox and make sure he didn't steal all the gold also.

    February 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. rightsaid

    Cool! I always wanted a president who had to write cheat notes on his/her palms.

    February 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    Sarah Palin certainly wouldn't be my first choice for the 2012 presidential bid, but one thing for sure, I'd take Sarah Palin over what we have right now.

    February 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Lou

    Hmmm...I was wondering what Ms. Palin had up her sleeve charging several hundred bucks a pop to hear her 45 minute speech. It's clear she's building up her coffers once again to run in 2012 and she has chosen tea party conventions as a platform to accomplish her objective. Her reliance on daily e-mails from "the experts" to keep her up-to-date and to become "more astute" than in 2008 raises a red flag, in my opinion, as it appears she's being "coached" on issues critical to the general population; it's akin to using those e-mails as cue cards, but she still doesn't really have a clue, nor is she qualified to run for the office of President. Some are rallying behind her tea parties as she calls for another "revolution" which will prove to just as ineffective as Mr. Obama's promises to create jobs, improve the economy and get Americans working again. Our government clearly is not listening to the majority, as it appears they only have the ear of powerful and influential lobbyist groups pushing for their own special-interests and agenda.

    February 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Brandonious

    Yeah Sarah, please run. Obama won't even have to run a campaign to smoke you. Then again, if she got elected she'd just quit in a year or two anyways.

    February 7, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Robert

    Is she studying geography now?

    February 7, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Anything but reality is the cry of this misguided group. Health insurance industry monopoly = free market. Unregulated big business = democracy. Self serving belief = truth. Reagan = FDR. Government = socialism. 21st century = 14th century.

    February 7, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Kate

    She is NOT presidential material. She would make GW look good.

    February 7, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. gino

    Palin should first pay her taxes on her luxo-cabin in Alaska with the hundred grand she scammed from the tea-party faithful. (Is she Sarah in Wonderland or what?) Then maybe she can be goin' for those old open doors again. God will let her (and us) know what His plan is for her (and us.)

    February 7, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Forget Sarah Palin

    Ms Palin cannot possibly believe that she would have any credibility, foreign or domestic, as president after she QUIT as the governor of Alaska. Its unfortunate that she is even thinking about running.

    February 7, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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