November 17th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Could Palin beat Obama?

(CNN) - In a yet to be aired interview, Sarah Palin said she believes it would be possible for her to beat President Obama if she ran for President.

During an interview for an upcoming Barbara Walters special, Palin said "I believe so," when Walters asked Palin "If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?"

"I'm looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it's a good thing," Palin said.

Palin appears to be inching the ball ever slightly toward acknowledging she is seriously thinking about running for president next year.

In a lengthy interview for a profile in this weekend's New York Times magazine, the former Alaska governor flatly said she is considering launching a White House bid and is currently in discussions about the possibility with her family and trusted allies.

"I'm engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here," she said in the interview with journalist Robert Draper, now posted on the New York Times Web site.

Palin - who currently operates with only a handful aides, most of whom have little experience running a national campaign – also said she might need to bring more strategists into her fold to help communicate her record.

"'I'd have to bring in more people - more people who are trustworthy. I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn't have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record," she said. "That's the most frustrating thing for me – the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades."

But Palin, who famously clashed with some of Sen. John McCain's top aides when she was the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, made clear it won't be easy for political strategists to step foot in Palin's world:

"What Todd and I learned was that the view inside the bus was much better than underneath it, and we knew we got thrown under it by certain aides who weren't principled," she said, adding "the experience taught us, yes, to be on guard and be very discerning about who we can and can't trust in the political arena."

Palin, as has long been the case, also directed fire toward members of the media for distorting her record – a challenge, she said, that must be overcome if she runs for president.

"Other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have," she said. "I'm on television nearly every single day with reporters ... Now granted, that's mainly through my job at Fox News, and I'm very proud to be associated with them, but I'm not avoiding anything or anybody. I'm on Facebook and Twitter. I'm out there. I want to talk about my record, though."

Palin added that she "fears for our democracy" given the state of the news media, saying sarcastically of news organizations: "They're the elite…they know much more than I know and other people like me!"


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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. True American

    Palin...GO AWAY and STAY AWAY. You will NEVER become President of a high school let alone the U.S. Let it go and return to Alaska. You and your family are like a skin eating virus..just won't go away until everything is destroyed.

    November 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Josh in FL

    Oh, please run you big twit, but it will probably lead to civil war. Once you lose that one, you and your creepy, unhappy ilk can then all be shipped off to Alaska where you'll be happy to live away from the rest of us sane, patriotic Americans.

    November 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Sgt. Joe

    Yes, and I'm thinking of becoming Superman. This woman is delusional and is in need of some serious career counseling. Stick w/reality TV, toots. That way you get to listen to yourself and see your face all over "lame stream media"; not harm done. Plus the wackos who enjoy hearing your grating voice have a choice to tune in or not. Leave this country alone, please!

    November 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. dusk

    Well, let's see, considering your track record you quit your office. That and the rest of your record does not a presidential candidate make. As for the the media's elitism, you're a part of it now. What's your next excuse going to be?

    November 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Rani McBride

    This Woman is scary! She is such a hypocrit. She is the elite and the one who distorts the truth. I hope she does run and is who the Republican's choose to run for President in 2012. This will make sure President Obama has a second term....at least the 8 years needed to fix all the wrong's of the Bush administration and the Republicans....in which the voters gave 8 years to destroy this Country.

    November 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Ryan

    How about you suggest ONE real solution to any of our problems if you want me to take you seriously Palin.

    BE SPECIFIC! "Reign in spending" does not mean anything if you can't name one thing you are willing to cut or raise taxes on.

    November 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. NoBush3

    Please,Please,Please Run, I'll change my party affiliation to republican and vote for you.... in the primary that is.

    November 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Jules

    Oh, please don't run. Spare us please. What if you win and you don't like the pressure? Will you quit halfway through Ex-Quitter- Governor Palin?

    November 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Andy

    She will do a great job of getting Obama re-elected. Or maybe she will win and quit in 2 yrears.

    November 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Benjamin L

    Oh my God, please run Sarah !!

    November 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Jack

    Please don't

    November 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Steven

    "...other people like me!" Has she ever read any comments from any news topic about her? Only the bears in Alaska like her. She was not even fit to govern a state much less a nation.

    November 17, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Scott

    Ug. We're going to have four years under a goofball president, let's stop that run in 2012. Neither Obama nor Palin – please people.

    November 17, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Kathy, DC

    Go for it Palin! You will never be the GOP Nominee and if you are and you win I'll get to see you get impeached when our country gets attacked and innocent people die! One thing I look for in a Presidential candidate-Can they improve foreign policy? You cannot-you've proven this when you attack every single person who says something you disagree with. This country WIILL suffer an attack if you are President, and I hope you spend the rest of your insignificant life in prison when that happens. As Senator Mikulski put it-You have no leadership skills. Well said Senator Mikulski-You're a true professional!

    November 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. News Commentator

    See Sarah.

    See Sarah Run.

    See Obama.

    See Obama get re-elected.

    November 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Frank

    I can't wait till someone asks her "If you couldn't handle the pressure of and quit as governer of the small state of Alaska whose population is smaller than my city, why would I think you could handle the pressure of being president without quitting also?"

    The look on her face would be priceless!

    November 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Liz

    Please! Maybe one of her advisors could talk to her about how to speak and form proper sentences...she's her own worst enemy in terms of how the public sees her. She just doesn't get it. All the drama around trooper gate, her ethics issues...how could she possibly think voters ought to simply overlook those things? Why would she think the media ought to overlook those things? The woman is a narcissist! She's an embarrassment to educated women.

    November 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. K

    She can't be president; there's no game nearby to hunt, you can't build 15ft walls around the White House, and she'd quit halfway through her first term as soon as the cameras got too noisy.

    November 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. mb2010a

    Oh, I hope she runs for president. Obama will be a shoe-in for sure...

    November 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Darth Cheney

    Of course, the movie "Election" proved prophetic about this. If Sarah isn't a grown up verion of Tracy Flick ("Pick Flick"), I don't know who is...

    November 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Truthwillsetyoufree

    I'm pretty sure this is what the Mayan calendar is about. The end of the world if Palin even gets considered...

    November 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Jeff Brown

    I think Sarah Palin is an interesting phenomena...she obviously has the charisma for politics. I've not seen a depth of intellect I'd like to see in a President. However, after the 2008 elections, I understand that Presidential elections seem to be about marketing and hype rather than qualifications...so, she seems like as viable a candidate as 'Mr. I've Been to all Fifty-Seven States" Obama. I wouldn't vote for her...unless, she was actually the lesser of the two evils (assuming Mr Obama is running again...I'd have to assume she'd do less damage to our personal liberties than he's doing).

    November 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. KMAN821

    Her "RECORD"?? Does she mean her record of quitting after accomplishing nothing as a half-term governor?

    November 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. maine liberal

    is proving my record," she said. "That's the most frustrating thing for me – the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades."

    she quit as governor to make money and to make a buck from her kids and family. How's that "to better serve alaska" workin for ya.

    November 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Don Sporns

    The only candidate I would donate money to.

    November 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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