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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  1. Newt

    "Palin is a punchline"

    No, Palin and her family are the jokes.

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

    The Republicans are beside themselves. The ultra-conservative Tea Party is taking over. They are ecstatic that their candidates are winning the primaries, but that's just what they are. The primaries, where one Republican is running against other Republicans. When it gets down to November, most moderates will be afraid to vote for the wing nuts the far right is serving up. Even the Moderate Republicans are marking Delaware as a loss with Christine O'Donnell. The bright side is now that her campaign finances are under investigation, they might be able to sack her and put up a real challenge to the Dems.

    September 18, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Dave

    I Agree with Mr, Adkins. She has a role but it will not be as President. Sure she would do a better job than President Obama. Republicans are Destroying America your comments are those of a clown who can't have a straight non partisan conversation.

    September 18, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Lorne

    Don't understand why democrats are so concerned about Palin. She will never sit in the oval office. Mostly because she can't even find Washington on a map. She'd probably end up in Seattle, fruitlessly looking for the beltway.

    In fact, she'd probably storm out of the inaugral when the chief justice asked her to raise her right hand, accusing him of belonging to that gotcha media!

    September 18, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Riley, I just read a report of Gingrich's speech in Iowa in which he warned that Democrats (presumably including me), are as much a threat as the terrorists who attacked on 9/11. He also complained that the Obama administration is "secular." (I would hope so, and so would the Founding Fathers.) He also warned darkly that there is a plot afoot to somehow impose "sharia law" in America (see previous note on Founding Fathers). Last week it was some nonsense about our President being an "anti-colonialist" (again, see previous note on Founding Fathers, who definitely WERE anti-colonialists).

    Who is "damaging our nation" is a matter of opinion.

    September 18, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Sill Surrey

    To Riley... . Please enlighten us with the specific policies you have a problem with.
    Please be specific. We already know that Obama is not a fan of country music. One has to be quite low on the food chain to be a country lover.

    September 18, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. p

    Way to cherry-pick riley!
    If she can't make it through 1 term as governor of AK, and if she thinks "What do you read?" is a trick question...
    Then, come on, let's get real.

    September 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Patriot

    But Trace, she can win. If the American people were stupid enough to vote twice for Bush, they're stupid enough to vote for Sarah Palin once. Remember, these are the same people who bought pet rocks.

    September 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Jerry Tritle

    Oh, Ms. Palin is no punchline. She is the William Wallace of American politics. She will do what no Republican had the intestinal fortitude to do, and that which the Democrats would never do...follow the Constitution and administrate Government resources in an efficient manner while giving the bulk of the money, our money, back to us, namely the people, to do with what we want. Moochers must prepare to work, and Dems be prepared to look for new jobs.

    September 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. dick delson

    He is right. She just might be one of the dumbest women in America*

    September 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Jason

    Please run for president please run so obama can expose her in a debate

    September 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Bill From AR

    I found it interesting that Trace said they want folks elected that won't reach across the isle and comprimise, they want them to "give them the finger".

    Perhaps that is what is wrong with the Tea Party, they don't understand the princible of government. You are always going to have disagreements, but it is the comprimise between the parties that gets this country moving.

    If no one wants to comprimise, then what is the point of government? That's why we are a republic!

    September 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. cardog

    To: Riley..please continue to love this woman to death, but do not think anyone in this country other then you right wing nut jobs, really thin this lady is presidential material??? Are you serious? Well yes, you are, because she's the best the Republicans can offer. Same with the Tea Party.
    Barak Obama will chew her up and spit her out in the first debate they would hold. But no matter, go ahead and put het out there in 2012. Do I hear second term for Barak Obama????

    September 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    It will be a hoot to watch her muddle it again. Please run !

    September 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Papasan in AZ

    Palin has wrapped herself tightly in the American Flag and carries a cross to sell the trailer trash set on the New GOP / Fox News Fascism.
    Palin represents one thing, whomever will put CASH in her slimy hand, then you get the true Palin, a scatter brained quitter from Alaska that will drum up hate, bigotry, and racism where ever she goes.

    September 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican

    Of course the hyper-sensitive, ex-prom queen Palin cannot win. She is as unliked by the voting public as Hillary Clinton has been. This is why I am making the following prediction: The major news outlets know that Palin is not liked, and has no hope whatsoever of winning a Presidential election. This is exactly why they will maximize her coverage–and deliberately ignore electable and capable Republican or Independent candidates in the next Presidential Election. Palin will be the next Republican nominee for President, and will go down to resounding defeat. Obama will win a second term.

    September 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Riley, can you tell me how President Obama's policies are hunting the nation? Do you really believe that the nation was better off under the last administration? Le tme know something.

    September 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. rdbeard

    But Sara can see Russia from her borders. That qualifies her for the job correct!?! Wake up please. she needs the support of 150 million Americans to win. She's got about 50-75 million at best.

    September 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. John Mutford

    "but i just don't think that she's – i don't think she can win"

    Trace Adkins didn't Tweet this message, so what's with the lowercase i's? CNN can't afford a decent copy editor? It's not like this was a breaking news story where a few typos slipped out in the rush.

    September 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. donna rochester

    Sarah Palin is a hustler, nothing more. That anyone in their right mind would even consider her for public office would be laughable if it weren't so scary. I have no idea how she ever got to be governor of Alaska and look what she did with that opportunity. She is a joke and even that is wearing thin. How can we ever forgive John McCain for unleashing her onto the rest of the country.

    September 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Jason

    As a running mate, she was responsible for the downfall of the election, of a major candidate. Why would she be able to win one as a lead candidate?!

    September 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Conti_59

    Good point Adkins but I wish she would run under any circumstance.
    that is the only way she will learn that America will never tolerate her brand of thinking. Regardless to what PRESIDENT OBAMA does, she is pathetic and cannot do any better. And anybody who thinks she will lead this country anywhere but hell is equally pathetic.

    September 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Bob

    Please Riley. You don't really believe that do you? She is a nasty shrill angry women. She is a poor reflection on American values. Her only way to criticize is to condemn and call names. She is quite childish and no one takes her seriously but the bigots and racist of the republican party. That said, I hope she runs and wins the nomination. It will make for a fun campaign. the comedians will have a field day. She will embarrass the repubs plus humiliate the men who run for the nomination and lose to her. It will finish them but good.

    Run Sarah Run!! I will vote in Illinois for you to be sure you win the nomination. And laugh all the way home. Run Sarah Run!!!!

    September 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. artraveler

    Please nominate Palin and Huckabuck. The world is ready for teh show.

    September 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. mike

    Run Sarah Run, you'd make a great president. LOL

    September 18, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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