October 8th, 2010
12:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin on presidential run

(CNN) - There's further proof that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is considering a presidential run in 2012.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Palin discussed her political ambition at a webcast taping for conservative magazine, Newsmax, on Wednesday.

"I'll run for President if the American people want me to," Palin told the live audience.

But this is not the first time Palin has addressed the issue.

"A reason to run (for president) is if nobody else were to step up with the solutions that are needed to get the economy back on the right track," Palin told Fox News in September.

And in an April interview with "100 Huntley Street," a daily Christian talk show, Palin said she would "pursue" a presidential bid if she decides it's the best way to help everyday people with their challenges.

The new comments come as Palin gears up to campaign with RNC Chairman Michael Steele next week and after a so-far successful season of candidate endorsements for the midterm elections. A new CBS poll out Thursday found that 64 percent of those surveyed thought she would not make an effective president.

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report


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  1. Insanity

    I was born and raised in Alaska (36 years now) and I have never been more ashamed of anyone in my life. Please people do not vote for this woman. She is a simple minded twit that doesn't deserve all this attention. She distracts from well intentioned peoples ability to make an effective difference in our country. And all the news agencies should be ashamed they have put her in the spot light to begin with. Sad sad sad....

    October 8, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Jeff Sarasota, Florida

    I'll run for President if the American people want me to," Palin told the live audience.

    She needs to figure out who the American people are first... She thinks we are a bunch of Gun Totin, Bible Thumping, Backwoods Hillbilly Rednecks... That might be how the people of Alaska are, but the majority of the peopl I have met in this country are not even close to that...

    That is how she represents the American people to the world... She doesn't have a clue who the "real" American people are...

    October 8, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Ted Curtis

    In my opinion, Sarah Palin has no intentions of running for President of the United States. She merely wants to get rich speaking on the circuit. Then, laff herself all the way to the bank.

    Ted

    October 8, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Michael

    She couldnt even finish 2 years of a 4 year governors term. Why in the world would she expect to be able to be PRESIDENT for an entire 4 years? Does she think it would somehow be easier? Has she grown so much in the past couple years that she can handle real, important issues? Can you imagine her doing word-salad speeches at the UN? Comon. Really? You may like her, you may connect with her in some ways... but ask yourself.. is she capable of handling a job like the presidency?

    October 8, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. ksmith

    Actually the poll said that 64% of those polled thought she WOULDN'T make a good president.

    October 8, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and the Door
    They have nobody that can inspire the enthusiastic support she does.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Yes we do: Obama. And he does it without all the lying, winking, and trailer park trash lingo. He reaches intelligent, rational, independent thinkers. He inspires people to do and be their best, NOT to pick up guns and dispose of the opposition.

    October 8, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. steven harnack

    Don't you know by now that these coy remarks are simply a ploy on her part to keep up interest in her so the suckers keep coughing up the bucks? If she flat out admitted that there is absolutely no way that she will become president no one would care what she babbled about. And that is some CBS poll! I think that must be a miss print. A poll the other day said that only 44% of even republicans gave her a snowball's chance.

    October 8, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. johnrj08

    Time for a refresher course on Sarah Palin...

    This is the same woman who told Charlie Gibson of ABC in a nationally televised interview that her foreign policy expertise included the fact that Russia could be seen from an island off the coast of Alaska. This, I might add, is an island that Palin had never once set foot upon. “You never know when ole Mr. Putin is gonna come flyin’ over here…”.

    When asked which periodicals and publications she has been reading to keep up on national and world affairs, Palin told Katie Couric that she reads “them all”. Whenever Palin is baffled by a question she uses her standard “I like ‘em all” answer, and that’s what she did. To this day, we still do not know what Palin reads to keep informed about national issues. Until four years ago, she never even had a passport and had never left the United States.

    Sarah Palin has stated publicly and with great pride that she does not accept the theory of evolution, and that she believes in a literal translation of the Bible. This means that Palin believes mankind walked alongside living dinosaurs and that the world is only 6,000 years old. Of course, when asked which book of the Bible she likes most, she would no doubt say, “I like ‘em all.” Now, certainly, people are free to believe whatever they like, but Palin’s utter rejection of the scientific method and anti-intellectual attitude hardly makes her the ideal leader of a nation of 300 million people.

    When asked by Glenn Beck who her favorite Founding Father was, Palin stumbled with the question, then said– you guessed it– “I like ‘em all.” When pressed by Beck, Palin said she liked George Washington the most, not knowing that Washington was a general and not one of the Founding Fathers. Furthermore, in her stone ignorance, she chose a man who actually favored a strong central government as well as the formation of a national bank. In other words, George Washington stood for everything that Palin says she is against.

    Probably one of Ms. Palin’s most hysterical misstatements occurred during the campaign when she referred to “the great country of Africa”. More recently, she didn’t seem to know why there was a North and South Korea. One has to wonder if she thinks the Berlin Wall is still standing or if she can’t figure out who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb.

    When Palin resigned her position as governor of Alaska 18 months before her term was up, she said in a televised statement that she did it because “most lame duck governors just go on junkets and cost the tax-payers money. I didn’t want to put the good people of Alaska through that.” So she quit. Later, she said that she quit because of all the lawsuits concerning her ethics violations and abuses of power. More recently, she has said she quit because she couldn’t help the American people unless she was freed from the responsibilities of that job. Now. she’s giving speeches for $100,000 a pop.

    During the Tea Party convention, Palin made several insulting remarks about President Obama, one of which accused him of being “a law professor lecturing the American people behind a lecturn using a teleprompter.” Of course, she failed to realize that she was doing precisely the same thing, only she was using the palm of her hand instead of a teleprompter. I suppose she expects the President to memorize all of his speeches, including his State of the Union addresses. In any case, Palin clearly doesn’t think that knowing the law and the Constitution is an asset for a president, nor does she believe that the President of the United States deserves even a modicum of respect. Perhaps a plumber would be better. Or a sportscaster. Or a beauty contestant. Doesn’t matter. Palin likes ‘em all.

    What Palin is most known for is her bald-faced lie about “death panels” in the health care reform bills. Despite the fact that every fact checking organization had debunked that outrageous lie, Palin stuck to her guns. Of course, she would never admit that private insurance companies already utilize de facto death panels by denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and canceling the policies of people who become ill. According to Sarah Palin, the insurance companies are more interested in providing decent medical care to their customers than just increasing their profits.

    Palin has referred to President Obama on numerous occasions as a socialist and even a communist, even though the two philosophies are quite different. She refuses to define what she means by “socialist”, no doubt because she doesn’t have the definition written on the palm of her hand. If she did, she would know that none of Obama’s policies are socialistic because Obama has nationalized no businesses and, even in the various rescues of failing corporations, he hasn’t put any government employees into the boardrooms. Those companies needed to be bailed out in order to avoid a greater economic catastrophe. Of course, Palin believes that Obama should have just let the auto companies fail, even though doing so would have caused hundreds of thousands of Americans to lose their jobs and essentially turned over that industry to foreign manufacturers.

    While Palin attacks Obama’s economic policies, leave us not forget that this is the same woman who asked the government for a $230 million earmark to construct a bridge to nowhere. When the press picked up on this chunk of Palin pork, the request was immediately withdrawn.

    Palin and her husband, Todd, were both members of the Alaskan Independence Party, which has favored that state’s secession from the Union. Recently, in Texas to stump for Governor Perry, Palin threw out the “secession” word again to great applause. In any other country, this would be called sedition. In Palin’s case, it’s just gross ignorance and political opportunism.

    In a closed session at the White House, Rahm Emanuel told a group of liberal activists that their idea to air attack ads targeting conservative Democrats who were against the health care reform bill was “f’ing retarded”. Palin, who has inserted her special needs child into the political arena before, got ahold of this remark and demanded that Emanuel immediately resign. Then, when Rush Limbaugh said on national radio that all Democrats are retards, Palin went on FOX News and said Rush was using “satire” to make a point. She defended Limbaugh’s use of the word and his characterization of all Democrats. While his use of the term was insensitive and inappropriate, Emanuel said that an idea was “f’ing retarded”, while Limbaugh was using the term to describe a group of people he doesn’t like. But, according to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh should get a pass. This could be a blatant case of hypocrisy, but it could also be that Palin is just too dim to understand the difference between what Emanuel and Limbaugh said.

    October 8, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. jon

    Will someone just please just drive a stake through her heart............

    October 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Observer

    Vote for Palin! 2012 – 2014 1/2

    October 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Tom Repasky

    Interesting quote in this story about 64% suggesting she would be effective as president. Makes me wonder if the author even read the other article they referenced? Maybe a typo. Dis-information reigns when Sarah is involved lol

    The article cited CBS Poll) contains the following "Although she hasn't ruled out a run for the White House in 2012, 64 percent of those polled do not think she would be an effective president, with eight percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Republicans saying she would make a good president."

    October 8, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. BP

    You miscite the CBS poll. It found that 64% of respondents thought she would not be an effective president. Please correct.

    October 8, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. David E. Newton

    Sarah. I'm still wondering: Who's taking care of the kids. I thought you believed in the sanctity of the family? When are you available to counsel your children and make sure they don't become single-mothers, or other terrible events?

    October 8, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Youreallabunchofhippiebums

    Obama is a shmuck. I dont think Palin could win a presidential election. The GOP NEEDS to come up with a true candidate.

    October 8, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. McBain

    What would Christopher Walken see (psychically) if he were to shake Palin's hand (sorry, just saw "The Dead Zone" last week...

    October 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Please, Sarah couldnt run an "out house" let alone the White House.. She is the most arrogant bass ackwards, bible thumpin, hypocrite, delusional redneck goin. Anybody that votes for her will surely deserve what they get..

    October 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. ekg

    CNN check your poll..THAT YOU LINKED!

    "The new comments come as Palin gears up to campaign with RNC Chairman Michael Steele next week and after a so-far successful season of candidate endorsements for the midterm elections. A new CBS poll out Thursday found that 64 percent of those surveyed thought she would make an effective president."

    because I did... and that poll actually says

    "Although she hasn't ruled out a run for the White House in 2012, 64 percent of those polled do not think she would be an effective president, with eight percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Republicans saying she would make a good president."

    there's a slight difference in 64% think she would be an effective POTUS and 64% do NOT think she would be an effective POTUS

    sheesh, c'mon editors. EDIT!

    October 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Pretzel Logic

    Can't...post. Laughing...too...hard...

    October 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. joe dokes

    If she runs and gets on the ticket, it will show that the Republican Party cannot be taken seriously.

    October 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. John

    She's not going to be the only one. I suspect any Tea Party candidate that wins major office this election is going to try for president in 2012. That's why O'Donnell and Miller have both been so reluctant to endorse Palin.

    The 2012 primaries are gonna be HILARIOUS.

    October 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. JOhn

    Palin is a major reason that I voted " NO CONFIDENCE" to McCain and the Republican ticket. It was not her inexperience and general lack of knowledge that did it. It was her complete ignorance of the constitution and the separation of Church and State. That is a fatal flaw that will simply ignite many of us fuscal conservatives aaginast any side this witch is associated. If the Republicans want to lose for certain go ahead and endorse Palin. Bring on Ron Paul the best of breed.

    October 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. mjm

    You can bet if she runs there will be 4 more years of Obama.

    October 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Ben in Texas

    A majority of Americans want Palin to run for president. The wingnuts (e.g., Four and the Door) think she'll win, and any rational person knows she hasn't got a prayer. So, can we just nominate her now by acclamation and avoid having to listen to Pence, Romney, McCain (not again!), Santorum, Pawlenty and the other Repugnant losers for the next 2 years?

    Besides, if she were nominated, it would give CNN some reason to keep running Palin stories every day. As it stands now, there is no reason on earth to give her coverage. After all, she holds no office, is not a declared candidate for anything, and should have no more right to news coverage than a laid off steelworker. Unless you think a big fat mouth is a qualification.

    October 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Iggy

    Most unqualified and comical candidate since Alfred E. Newman. "What, me worry?" I guess maybe we should all worry.

    October 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. disbelieve

    Quoting from this story: "A new CBS poll out Thursday found that 64 percent of those surveyed thought she would make an effective president."
    Quoting from the story this links to: "Although she hasn't ruled out a run for the White House in 2012, 64 percent of those polled do not think she would be an effective president, with eight percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Republicans saying she would make a good president."
    I just love the press. Maybe someday they'll get at least one story right.

    October 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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