Palin has path to win, Republican warns
March 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
7 years ago

Palin has path to win, Republican warns

(CNN) - Prominent New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg says that Sarah Palin just might have a clearer path to the Republican presidential nomination next year than commonly understood – an event he warns would lead to President Obama's clear reelection.

Gregg, the former senator and governor of the Granite State, says the muddled GOP presidential field means it's more likely than ever there won't be a clear consensus candidate before the party's nominating convention in August of 2012. If that happens, says Gregg, Palin and her army of supporters might have the upper hand when it comes to settling on a presidential candidate.

"A candidate who runs second or third in a great many primaries could go into the convention with a sizable block of delegates," writes Gregg in an Op-Ed in The Hill newspaper Monday. "Who would this favor? Does Sarah Palin come to mind? Although she is not viewed by most as strong enough to win, she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement."

While it's unlikely Palin (should she run) would win that many primary contests, placing second or third might be enough - especially this time around when delegates will be awarded a proportionate basis instead of the winner-take-all system that has previously been the rule in Republican primaries.

"Finishing second and third isn't really a big deal – until you get enough delegates to be the nominee," writes Gregg. "And picking a nominee who it seems would be easily defeated by President Obama might not be the best statement."

In 2008, Gregg was a supporter of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is all-but-certain to run again.

Filed under: Judd Gregg • Sarah Palin
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Irma in North Carolina

    Whats Sarah going to do when she has a debate and she doesn't get the questions ahead of time. She will be chopped up like mince meat and it will be so much fun to watch. But the sad part about this is while she is out campaigning we will have to see her and watch the lies and hate flowing out of her. She will destroy the country more than she has already done.

    March 14, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    He's smart but I hope he's right and the nit wit gets the nomination

    March 14, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Mikey

    "Sarah Palin just might have a clearer path to the Republican presidential nomination next year than commonly understood – an event he warns would lead to President Obama's clear reelection"

    WORKS FOR ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re-elect our President – Obama 2012 !!!

    March 14, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Judd Gregg is a little slow, I have been warning about Palin for over 2 1/2 years. This woman is a fruitcake but not as much as Bachmann.

    March 14, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |

    Sarah Palin can beat President Obama, as can any Republican nominee can. The Election in 2012 is the Republican Primaries. Whoever wins the Republican Primaries is our next President. President Obama has zero chance of being re-elected.

    March 14, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. clarke

    is anyone working for the people or just running for President. Can we just put a hold on all this – just for a week or two. By the time the elections come around, no one will want to vote. We are already tired of it.

    March 14, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Argle Bargle

    If Palin gets anywhere close to the White House, it will be a disaster. She couldn't even run a state with a small population. And on top of that she quit halfway through her term as "governor" to chase money. What will she do if some dictator offers her millions while she's in the White House? Thanks, John McCain for bringing this unmentionable to center stage.

    March 14, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Mike Brooks

    Look Mr. Gregg, I *campaigned* for Obama last time, but he has been such a disaster I would vote for a turnip to get rid of him. I think Palin is a self serving hick, dumb as post, but even she would be an improvement over that fool we have now. Basically, unless it's Romney or Gingrich, anyone the Republican's nominate has pretty much a lock on being elected. Trump is likely your best candidate. He actually understands the disaster of free trade. Ron Paul does, too, but he is as bizarre as Palin in his own way. Your best candidates, Pat Buchannon and Joe Scarborough, aren't running

    March 14, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. kelsey's grammar

    Palin cannot even win with her own party now. She's shown herself to be vindictive, petty and intellectually lackking. She might get a few tea partiers to vote her way but you average GOPer cringes at the thought of her even throwing her hat into the Presidential ring.

    March 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Don

    Talk about news that should scare anyone and everyone who supports real independent thinking.
    I have usually supported GOP or indipendents and would continue to do so with one exception:

    Sara Pain.

    If that is the best offer the GOP can put forth to represent them in the 2012 election then I will vote for whomever else is running. This ignorant policical whore who walked away from her job in Alaska will not represent me in any form or position in which I have a voice !!!

    March 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |

    I hope Ms. Palin runs. Why? She's a great comedian.

    March 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Video Guy

    You go girl. We need another 4 years with this great president.

    March 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. rs

    The Republican/Tea Party would be suicidal to run Palin (or for that matter Bachmann, and other members of the "idiots of the right club") for the Presidency. Aside from being utterly irresponsible from a political/historical point of view, it will virtually hand the election to the Democrats. It would destroy (possibly forever) the Republican Party as a viable political entity. Surely, there is a Republican with a brain who appeals to more than the ultra right's 25% base who could be run.

    March 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Julie C

    As much as I'd like to see an easy win for Obama, the fact that Palin even has an inkling of a chance for a nomination is quite a testimony to the "dumbing down" of America. I never really believed this country was capable of such shananegans or worst, such collective ignorance, but I guess I need to face that it is. I feel very sad for our country, but very motivated to make sure smart people vote this time around!

    March 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. EddyL

    Palin is a total NITWIT.... Nominate her PLEASE!

    Obama 2012!

    March 14, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Tam

    Even if she has a following, there just can't be that many minus zero intellect Americans, can there be?! Please, God, NO!

    How much dumber and stupider can she get - and Bachman with her - and some citizens believe she can lead a whole country?

    March 14, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. lynn

    It's stunning how many Tea Partiers think she's the greatest. Actually it's scary. Are they primarily bamboozled by her cute charms and sex appeal? That's what I hear around my neighborhood, especially from the men, they think she's sexy, I'm not kidding, sexy, now that's scarier, they would vote for the most powerful office in the world when a wink and cutsy charms is all it takes.

    March 14, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    He is so right on Palin. I hope she does win so we can have Obama for another term.

    March 14, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Ship of Fools


    Run Sarah Bear, Run!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. LouAZ

    Gregg has a point, but Beauty Pagent Runner Up Sarah has demonstrated on her "reality" TV show thta she is a lousy shot. The cast of thousands in the Flat Earth Party (Repubs and TPers) circular firing squad has no fear of her self imagined abilities. You betcha !

    March 14, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Rdepontb

    Worked for the Palin entry in "Dancing with the Stars"-Tea Party folks ran up the numbers to keep poor Bristol on the show long after she had given up-Sarah likely fears the same might happen to her if she runs. So, there is, I think, a natural counter-force to her entering the race: She really does not want to work as hard as either the campaign or the actual job demands. Democrats are pretty much resigned to this; they'll have to find another sucker this time.

    March 14, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. anagram_kid

    “…she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement." And that statement is… Being a level headed, educated intellectual with critical thinking skills is an intimidating persona to a small, yet vocal minority in this country.

    March 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. anotherGDlefty

    It's pretty sad when you hoist someone up as your hero and saviour only to come to the realization that they are the means to destroy your chances of what you are really after which is more power.

    Please $arah, as a democrat begging you, run.

    March 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    And here comes the FB post telling us all how Gregg is not a real man…

    March 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. chris

    Not a chance. She is a joke.

    March 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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