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. Marie MD

    Not that I would read or hear that shrill voice, but I am so happy that I can now sleep well because the witch of AK has spoken.
    Maybe she should listen and read comments about how nobody except the fringe nuts want her anywhere near politics again.
    Hasn't she put her family through enough? What a complete ego maniac this woman is.
    What about AK idiot? What have you done for them lately?

    February 7, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    It is wonderful to see conservative ideals being restored as the only reasonable way for America to prosper.

    February 7, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Mike-MI

    The next big speech will have to be checked for earprompters, bugs and etc...Writen on her hand: "energy", "tax cuts", and "lift American spirit". Come on...If anyone believes this clumsy lady is going to run for President must not be taking notes on their Palms.......

    She is a divider and that's it............She said it last night for all to her she is going to spilt the republican Party when she runs independent because if she runs on the GOP ticket they will eat her alive.

    February 7, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Dan Kratz

    The only reason she wants to run is so she can become more famous and therefore earn more money with another book and more speaking engagements... she knows she wouldn't win and doesn't care either.

    February 7, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. jeremy

    I can't understand how people can hate her. But I guess the truth is a hard pill to swallow. If I was a liberal, I would be fearful as well. For them to make fun of Sarah Palin because she is not as "intelligent" as Obama – may I remind you that if you have to be taught how to be a leader, you are only going to produce a failure (aka – our current President). Leadership is driven by the heart, driven by the passion to do what is right. Palin's record supports that. She has ended corruption and left a state with a record surplus in only 2 years. Granted, I do not like how she resigned but I do understand from all the ethical charges from all the liberals. Conservatism is like a contagious bug – you better watch out because it's taking over!!!!! Palin 2012

    February 7, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    It would be the right thing to do for the country. OH YEAHHHH! Lets see the Republicans kiss up to these teabaggers. Got to love it.

    February 7, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Sue - FL

    I say run Sarah run... Along with the palmpromters and the screened in prompter, hand prompters and all....You are no match to the current sitting President you are a fool..

    The teleprompter comments are old. President Obama showed he's perfectly capable of handling unscreened questions from the Repubs articulately, with eloquence and intelligence. I'm so proud of our president, especially when he's on the world stage. He's intelligent, knowledgeable and informed. Such an improvement!

    Go Sarah....Go Sarah....No Sharpie, scripts, or ghostwriters in the World will help you debate the President and for that matter all the others in the dem party or GOP party.... We independents don't want you...go back to AK and raise your children, keeping the little one out of school is shameful and showing her how to pen cheat notes on the palm is disgraceful...

    Run Sarah Run we independents couldn't ask for MORE!

    February 7, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. AJ

    Did'nt we get enough of her white trash roadshow last time? Do we really need a sequel? Dumbelina needs to shut that roadshow down and disappear!!

    February 7, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. MittRomneyForPresident

    Ms. Palin really was not capable of handling all of the day to day dealings so she involved the person she trusted the most, her husband. Since he was not a state employee and helped make decisions does not look good for her. It does appear that Todd was very much a part of decision making in Alaska. How do Alaskans feel about getting a twofer when there was only one name on the ballot?
    goes to show how much any of these Palin nuts even research or study about anything... Now how in the world is she going to run for President!

    CNN stop this crazy crap – she is using the media like Tools!

    Mike Romney 2010!

    February 7, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. KathyC in MInnesota

    Sarah Palin would make a better Commander-In-Chief than Barack Obama because?????

    February 7, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. irving

    well, it woudl definitely be good for the country if she ran, because it would virtually GUARANTEE a Democratic win

    February 7, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. PK California

    Don't worry. The GOP wouldn't DARE run her for so much as moose catcher, after she destroyed McCain! She's a prop! She's the set up for the "other side of the tracks" voters that the GOP is trying to grab. They are HER people! They fall for every bit of garbage she spews because they relate to her.She's one of them. They understand what she's saying when she speaks. The GOP is desperate for votes and are willing to do whatever it takes to get them. Palin is their answer to drawing a crowd. They are the same people who believe everything they read in line at the check-out line in the super market. But if they really want to get a Republican candidate who is qualified to run this country, it certainly won't be her!

    February 7, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Bassman

    Sarah believes in a strong national defence, smaller gov't, less taxes, and cutting the national debt. Democrats call that "extreme". Its time they are called out for being out of touch with middle America.

    February 7, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Marissa

    GI Joe Bachman is as bad as Palin. What is wrong with people like you. She couldnt answer a question without looking at her hand

    February 7, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. R U for Real? CA

    Funny how the word "liberal" is used as an insult by conservatives. Only in America can you take a positive thing and try and spin it as an insult. Next the right-wingers will be insulting "liberals" by calling them "educated, intelligent and thoughtful"

    As for sister Sarah, it takes a real "unique" person to believe anything that comes out of her mouth as anything other than self-serving poop.

    Yes, we elected the m@r@n GWB to office, but I doubt we would elect someone as dumb as this ol' girl. Plus in 2012 she"ll be a little older and not as attractive – which is the only reason she hasn't already faded out.

    Oh and I am an expert on Foreign policy because I can see Canada from my yard.

    February 7, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Val

    I agree, she can't take the pressure and in my opinion doesn't have enough experience. I would vote for my girl Hilary before I vote for her.

    February 7, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Eric O - CA

    I can't stop laughing at this fool. How in the world is she going to run for President when she couldn't handle the groshwritten speech on note cards yesterday? Please explain that to America? She was awful, reading nervously from prepared text that she read in a sing-song tone and with a la-di-da accent. Sarah will disgrace herself if she decides to run again.

    Answer the Question CNN or stop with these nonsense articles about the made for reality TV aging Barbie Doll!

    February 7, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. LouAz

    Why doesn't she understand that the election of POTUS is not a Beauty Pagent ? She must be blinded by the bright lights. I'd vote for Bush again before even considering her as someone that might understand the need for derivatives reform by the SEC (and the SEC I'm referring to is not the South Eastern Conference). What a gal !
    May the gods keep us safe from this ego maniac.

    February 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. tochi

    Sums up state of nation-dumb leading the dumber

    February 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. satish

    Palin for 2012. hahahahahaha. First of all i don't want her to be any kind of US politics, second of all she is wierd who resigned from her Governor post. She will do the same thing if shez elected as President and give her family reasons. Shez in politics just to escape Alaska and to make some money...... which she is already doing, so for that there is no need for her to run Presidential election in 2012.... hahahahaha

    February 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. mark nj

    I would love to see this idiot on the campaign trail, just so Americans can see what a moron this women is. The only people who would vote for her are the conservative rats she is speaking to this weekend and the idiots with long term memory loss who think that our deficit started with the current administration.

    February 7, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Jake

    Republican party has so little quality amongst it's rank. The only low-grade skill they have is to consistently block any attempts by Obama to advance the US from the depths of where Bush put them. They never stop campaigning.

    February 7, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Hugh Betcha

    Liberals are not afraid of Palin running for president, in that she could would never be elected. The only fear that liberals have is that she is like a little child running with scissors, and she may hurt herself.

    February 7, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. C. Rich

    First CNN covered the speech from Ms. Palin, which did not deserve any airtime at all but not the hate speeches of the previous two day.

    Second you analyze the speech with all your pundits after the speech Saturday night and all day today.

    During your pundit’s analysis and response the interviewer or the pundits never mentioned the hateful and racist speeches of the previous two days. Nor does anyone mention the “hand cheating” event.

    It seems CNN is trying to build the story of Ms. Palin (not governor when you quit) running for president THREE YEARS FROM NOW!

    Please CNN a least get the headline right “Future Presidential Caught Talking to the HAND.”

    February 7, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Ramon

    Bottom line even if Palin ran for president and she won. She would not be running this country it would run by the Republicans party while in the White House in her tanning booth. With her lask of experience to handle large issues HELLO such as Health care , Social security , Medicare, Wars and Foreign policy.etc etc,etc This would be malpractice.

    February 7, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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