September 18th, 2010
11:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Adkins: Palin has become a 'punch line'

(CNN) – On the same night Sarah Palin roused a crowd of GOP activists in Iowa, country music star and outspoken conservative Trace Adkins told CNN he hopes the former Alaska governor does not run for president.

“She can't win - she's become a punch line,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday night. “I love her to death, but i just don't think that she's - i don't think she can win.”

During her Iowa speech Friday, Palin herself made only one direct nod to the presidential implications of her visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state – a politely-received joke about donning sneakers to "go running Iowa."

But the former vice presidential nominee told reporters earlier Friday she would consider running for president if the right opportunity presented itself.


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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. Trace who?

    Not as big a punchline as "President" Obama.

    September 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. " I just dont think thats she's...."

    ... smart enough" Don't mind the fact that her puppet master Todd thinks that Alaska should be seperate from the Untied States. So VERY PATRIOTIC. Pathetic.

    September 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. tabu

    Anything can happen in an election. She would not be my choice of candidate for President but if she was selected as the Republican candidate I would vote for her. I think she is great for our Country.

    September 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. SanFran

    I'm not a Palin fan but I would never say someone can't win. After all, in 2008 we elected a freshmen Senator from the most corrupt state in the union (who rarely showed up for work) to the office of the President. So stranger things have definitely happened...

    September 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. TeaBaggerIgnorance

    I hear ya Trace. I love my cousin who has an IQ of 50 to death, but don't want him to become president...or drive a car.

    September 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. hobart

    Palin is a bit like Ralph Nader in being completely self absorbed and willing to cost her own party the election by running herself, or putting other completely unelectable extremists on the ballot. Nader at least is extremely intelligent, though delusional. Palin is so willfully stupid that she makes up her own facts (aka lies), and is delusional enough to think we don't care.

    September 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. kd

    why does anything Adkins say mean a hill of beans?

    Palin is a nut, shallow, empty-headed, greedy, clumsy and just flat-out stupid.

    And she looks like a man in drag so I just don't get all the 'hot' stuff coming from the right..... although, now that I think about it and recall all the Repub sex scandals, maybe I do.

    September 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Colette Duranleau

    And this is new to anyone with two working brain cells? There was an election; and they (McCain/Palin) lost. Palin's "celebrity" status is laughable, almost as laughable as McCain picking her as his VP. I give her credit for getting a well paying gig on FOX and leaving politics and for giving million of Republicans no choice but to vote for anybody else.

    September 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. fatima

    Palin is a quitter but smart enough to know how to make money out of the suckers. If she gets elected, it is because we deserve the likes of her.

    September 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Lenny Pincus

    If Sarah Palin has a) inspired you as a leader, b) enlightened you with her wisdom, and c) convinced you that Obama is a radical, you need to learn to think for yourself, especially since a) she is a serial quitter, b) she is an intellectually-challenged name-caller, and c) he is a middle of the road corporatist.

    September 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. julie

    The problem with Sarah Palin is that she has uncontrollable delusions of grandeur brought on by John McCain's incomprehensible choice of her as his running mate. Her unwillingness (and the unwillingness of most Tea Party candidates), to meet with thoughtful and unbiased newsmen like Anderson Cooper, and to remain in the narrow and bigoted confines of Fox News interviewers, proves that these candidates are afraid of true discourse. Their strategy, led by Sarah Palin, has been to attack any media person who dares ask a question showing any need for a deep understanding of issues and a worldview that extends beyond their backyard. In Ms Palin's case, even a simple question she feels may illustrate her ignorance is reason enough for attack. Sorry, sorry state of political affairs for this country. Thank you, Mr. Adkins, for having the courage to be an independent thinking conservative.

    September 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Stephen

    The upside of Palin running would be to guarantee a Democratic victory in 2012. The downside of her running would be even more exposure to her overly simplistic approach to governing an increasingly challenging and complex country. I mean, just listen to her.

    Simply put, she's a moron and McCain should be impeached for introducing her to the rest of the nation.

    September 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Bill

    Trace, Please list your accomplishments and then compare that list next to Mrs. Palin. Here is a quote from Mohandas Gandhi to think about.
    An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

    September 18, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. DS

    I would love to see her running for president. God, that will be hilarious. we"re have fun the whole process!,

    September 18, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. emma

    Sarah's game is to keep people guessing. But are we really fooled? She has clearly demonstrated herself as a gold digger and the Presidency will not provide that much gold. If Americans would actually vote her in it will ruin her reputation . I do not think she is aware of that.

    September 18, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. billy

    Finally a voice of reason. Thanks Trace for reminding everyone of this TRUE fact –Palin can NOT WIN !!

    September 18, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Agree w/ Trace's assessment, so please, Sister Sarah – RUN.

    Signed,
    A Democrat

    September 18, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Smart Human

    And this from a guy who wears that stupid looking hat? Sheesh!

    What is this world coming to! Maybe we should get Lindsey Lohan's input on this, in between her cavity searches.

    September 18, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Mark

    Pardon Me Riley- what makes her a "great leader"? She abdicated her role as governor of Alaska (for more lucrative opportunities) and left Wasilla (a town smaller than most public universities) wallowing in debt (no tax just spend). She certainly knows how to give a speech, is photogenic, and can really drive home rehearsed talking points, but she has accomplished little other than being a charismatic spokesperson. As for "radical policies", if you think that things were going well until January 2009, you probably are very privileged, or were not paying attention.

    September 18, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    Yes, it would be pretty hard for a loser to win! To show how sick the GOP has become how about Montana GOP platform calling for making being homosexuality illegal! You are becoming irrelevant as a party and just a bigger joke than you were, are and will be!

    September 18, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Aside from her moronic interviews and alarmingly unAmerican views, there's also the fact the she helped craft one of the worst pieces of legislation in Alaska history, a new law which was used to indict her multiple times on ethics violations at her own expense. She is forced to embrace the term 'quitter' in order to spin it to look as if she had a choice. Also, that porn movie NAILIN' PALIN was probably a poor career move in retrospect; she should have built up her image slowly instead of overexposing herself.

    September 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. ame

    I am a registered republican..if she runs..i will defect!

    September 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. jimbo

    I can't see Sarah Palin as the answer to what is wrong with this country right now. That fact alone should keep a majority from voting for her if she does run for president. The right opportunity to run in 2012 has presented itself in the relationship she has forged with FOX at a minimum the deep pockets FOX can throw at a campaign.

    September 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Pat

    Not only has she become a punch line, she is the new synonym in Roget's Thesaurus for chutzpah, hubris, and hypocrisy.

    September 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Shannon

    That's right Trace, most Americans know she is joke! Glad you could admit it!

    September 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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