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. Ken

    We are cnn and we are obsessed with Sarah Palin.....

    September 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Beth

    But she quit . . . . That makes her a quitter.

    September 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Stephen

    No, trace, you are wrong. Even a circus clown can win big races. And tractor pulls. There is alot more damage she can do to republicans. We hope she stays active.

    "Run, Sarah, Run!!"

    September 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. D.

    I do think she will run but her voice irritates me greatly. If she can't change it she really should stay at home
    . I like the was she seem to direct the GOP men in her speech who has been doing this many years on the national front. Nerve- of her!.
    She and Romney will run with her and Fox possibly will be the only media Anerica will have – the others will be banned. Then the Democrats will disbanned and salute the GOP during the Inauguration. Rush will be the Secretary of Homeland Secretary and the enforcer. Beck will be the Press Secretary so he can cry as he reports daily while Greta will be the AG.
    I either have a good imagination or just predicted the future. Fox should interview me soon. I have a J Lo contract right here beside me.

    September 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Dt

    @riley, all u neocons say the same sh!t. give examples. how has obama policies hurt america? And palin a great leader? What freaking planet are u from? lol. She is a joke

    September 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Jonny

    "...she would consider running for president if the right opportunity presented itself."

    Translation: If the pay went up from $400k/yr to $50mil/yr and she can quit whenever she feels like (like when an even more lucrative offer emerges, or if its "too hard")

    September 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Robert Moses

    She is not a comic punch line, she is the entire script.

    When a brainless faux cowboy conservative get's at least that much it may be time for ol' sara to hang up them spurs.....

    September 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    @ Riley...

    Palin is a great leader...great leaders don't QUIT the job that they were elected to do to go out and make millions of dollars. You think BO is dangerous....you let Sarah try to run the country and you better hope she's picked a good VP becuase she has proven she can NOT take anyone being critcal of her. It's always the "EVIL LEFT WING MEDIA" never Sarah.

    September 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Ron

    When she first arrived on the scene, I did not like nor understand a lot of the criticisms directed toward Palin. Still, I think most criticisms are partisan, etc. Nevertheless, she is in way over her head, and it has become painfully obvious to me. What has become bothersome to me about Palin is that she is unaware that she is not presidential material. To me, that is her most unlikeable trait.

    September 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. LetsBe Civil

    Palin is a great celebrity. Not a great leader.

    September 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Lorne

    if the right opportunity presented itself?

    like if every voter in america caught mad cow disease?

    September 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. JC-Los Angeles

    The Republicans are making the same mistake with Palin that the Democrats made with Terry McAuliffe; they feel in love with a loveable loser.

    As former head of the DNC, McAuliffe continually led the Democrats to loses; Hillary Clinton then employed him to run her losing campaign.

    As if that wasn't enough, he lost a primary for Virginia's Governor's race.

    The sooner the Republicans fall in love with a winner, the better.

    September 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. George

    Riley,
    Did you really say that Sarah Palin is enlightening us? hmm.

    Ignorance is bliss.

    September 18, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. bailoutsos

    "GOP relying on fear, frustration " -- That is how Hitler came to power.

    September 18, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Marissa

    I loved Bullwinkle the moose to death too but I dont want him as president. Most Americans DO NOT love her to death we abhor her.. I only know 2 people out of 70 at work that like her. And that is both Republicans and Democrates. Bushes policies and his illegal war damaged the nation. Tax cuts while waging war damaged the nation.

    I would have voted for McCain but could not accept Palin being anywhere near the white house

    September 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. jmcg

    Shhhh. Don't tell them that. She has support among millions of Democrats across the nation–we all want her to run!

    This only exemplifies the Repubs/Tea Partiers problem with facing reality and recognizing the truth. If she really believes she has a shot, then by all means she should run!

    September 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Old Mountain Man from N.C.

    She deserves an (A+) for her efforts. She came on the scene not knowing how the heavyweight media would tear her apart. Neverless, she took all the hard knocks and learned. She's BIG news everywhere.

    September 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Deborah

    No, Riley, he was trying to say "She's a right wing conservative like me, but even I recognize she's a joke." Oh, she's done "tons to enlighten us"? What would that be? Lying, deceiving, manipulating her fan base. She is the most negative force in US politics today.

    Run, Sarah, run! Please! Then President Obama, who has done more for this nation in ONE year than GW did in EIGHT, will surely win by a landslide.

    September 18, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. T

    Oh no he crossed Caribou Barbie. Expect a rebuttal on Facebook or Twitter. It doesn't surprise that he would support her. His music caters to the Walmart, Nascar, get er done white trash in America. Most of these boobs can't think, it would hurt their head. Birds of a feather flock togather.

    September 18, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. wilmer

    hahahahaha! i laugh at you sarah palin! hahahahha! good one!

    September 18, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. John

    Saran Palin couldn't WIN if she was the only ONE RUNNING. She nothing but a loud mouth and don't know want she taking about.She need too go back too Alaska,but I'm not too sure they want her back.

    September 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. TJ

    I love "Dancing With the Stars" and will watch this season despite silly Sarah's offspring. I don't blame Bristol but I can't stand her imbecile mother. To the DWTS producers, please don't allow that witch to come on the set!!

    September 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. dcook140

    Cnn never misses an opportunity to slam the GOP. They detest Palin and the tea party and anyone who is opposed to progressives. I am sure that there are lots and lots of folks out there who say Sarah Palin can't win. So what.. the only thing that matters is that she is making a difference in the Republican Party, despite what the CNN Political Ticker says. If you don't think this blog is biased, take a look at the subjects: Gingrich..problems, GOP address.. more nonsence..O'Donnell spending bad..Hammer reps on camp finance.. See a pattern here? How bout the Dems? They and Obama are doing a bang up job, just check their polls.
    Very biased reporting.

    September 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Chris

    I can't stand Palin; however, I'd choose her over a Mormon and a religious zealot Baptist minister.

    September 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    We want Sarah to run! She provides us with hours of laughter at her expense!

    September 18, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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