India trip hurting Palin in New Hampshire?
February 24th, 2011
08:44 AM ET
4 years ago

India trip hurting Palin in New Hampshire?

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's scheduled trip to India next month may not be winning her many friends in New Hampshire.

"I know, presidential candidates like to travel abroad to boost their foreign policy credentials. And Palin needs those credentials badly," said New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline, in a blog post Wednesday evening. "But I find it hard to believe that, presumably less than a year from the primary, someone who makes a trip to India a higher priority than a trip to New Hampshire is a serious presidential candidate. Chalk this up as one more bit of evidence that she's probably not running."

An aide for the former Alaska governor tweeted earlier Wednesday that Palin would be making a trans-continental trip to India in March to speak at the India Today 2011 conclave in New Delhi.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, who is considering a 2012 bid for the White House, has not visited New Hampshire since she was John McCain's running mate.

The New Hampshire Union Leader is the Granite state's largest newspaper and its editorial page is very influential among conservatives. And New Hampshire plays a crucial role in the race for the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

Since the 2008 election, two books tours, speaking events, and campaign stops during last year's midterm elections have taken Palin to Iowa and South Carolina, which also help kick off the primary and caucus season, as well as other crucial states in the road to the White House.

CNN has reached out to Palin aides, but has not at this time received a response.


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Taioseach

    "One more bit of evidence that she's not running."

    Really? It's one more bit of evidence why she shouldn't run. What can she possibly say to the people of India that will be relevant? I'm sure the media will be excluded.

    I've been to England, France, Ireland, The Netherlands and Spain so does this mean I qualify as a foreign policy expert?

    February 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Jon

    For the love of jesus, allah, buddah, or whomever else you people "worship", let's take a break from this worthless soul shall we???

    February 24, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Maryellen

    What an embarrassment, please don't let her out of the country. It's hard enough to listen to her hate here at home but worse to let her open her stupid mouth in another country.

    February 24, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Robert

    I doubt a single trip to India is going to do much good for someone as remote from reality as Sarah Palin. Nevertheless, it would still be a good thing for Palin to broaden her horizons, and who knows, she may just become slightly less ignorant. It wouldn't make her Presidential material, but it would still be to her own good.

    February 24, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. EffortPA

    Wouldn't it be nice if that is all it took to make somebody appear more Presidential? Sarah can visit all the countries she wants and that is not going to help her at all. The woman is completely delusional. She belongs in a mental hospital, not in the white house.

    February 24, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. jon

    Won't Sarah be disappointed when she visits India and discovers she won't have any photo opportunities with Navajo or Sioux Indians!

    February 24, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. dctwmt

    She probably thinks she's going to Indiana.

    February 24, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Ramon F. Herrera

    "After the conference I intend to visit their beautiful capital, Indianapolis"
    -S.P.

    February 24, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Riley

    I don't think anything Sarah Palin does would please the New Hamshire Labor Union leader. He is not a fan of any republicans.

    February 24, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Michigan

    Her trips are not based on future political runs, but who is willing to pay her to speak.

    February 24, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Bob in PA

    What a whiny little smerf you are Mr. Cline. You should already know everything about this woman from the past three years and have decided to vote or not to vote for her if she runs.

    New Hampshire is but a small state that carries too much influence in the early promary process.

    February 24, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Carol

    One would hope that she will not talk negatively about this country or our president, but she does not have enough sense to do that. I can't imagine what she is doing in India other than $$$.

    February 24, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Ashamed Indian

    Oh man, I can not bear this news. Sarah, Please dont insult Indians by visiting India. You should limit your self to American villages. And if you must, please take your favorite Glenn Back with you, Indians love him for his unintelligent rants against India, its culture and its people.

    February 24, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. A keen observer

    Oh, well; Sister Sarah has never been accused of playing with a full deck!

    February 24, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Ken in NC

    Editorial page editor Andrew Cline has a point but he must realize that Sarah Palin is being paid to make the trip to India while New Hampshire is not paying her to come there. Her first priority is making money and she sees New Hampshire as a cost rather than a potential source of income. She will come to New Hampshire when she can squeeze it in and like all politicians, she will tell them what they want to hear and she will even lash out at someone, maybe President Obama or First Lady, Michelle Obama. Just give her some time. She will be there when she can work it in.

    February 24, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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