Palin has path to win, Republican warns
March 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
3 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. Oregon Calling

    This would be sweet.

    Run Sarah Run

    Peace :-)

    March 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. mw-maryland

    TO Brett:

    The country was collapsing before Obama got in office. Where have you been?

    March 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. JP

    Obama or Palin. Is there a difference? Both are rich. Both are incompetent leaders. Who exactly are politicians representing? Themselves and the other 2% that are millionaires.

    March 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. katiedid

    I don't think she will run but anyone is better than OBAMA,,HE NEEDS TO GO!!! HE DOES NOT NEED to be re- elected!

    March 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Levinson

    The truth is that there isn't one clown on the right that has a chance beating Obama. God it's going to be painful watching these debates. Half of me is rooting for these guys, atleast some wildcard candidate who won't be batting practice for the Left.

    March 14, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    In a runoff with President Obama, Mama Palen would open with: "Gee, Gawdy, Sir. Do ya' mind if'n I jes call ya; Barry? Of course, he would obsequiously agree, and the debate would cascade downhill from there, as would the prospects for an American recovery.

    March 14, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Jwest

    @ Lynn

    And people didn't vote for Obama for the same reasons? lol...Do you realize Palin had more experience than your guy in office right now???

    I love how the media has made a target out of Sarah Palin, she draws so much hate and criticism, when in reality she was the only reason McCain's campaign was even relevant!

    It's funny how people label her dumb too....You don't become governor of the largest US State by accident. It's just like people say Bush was an idiot but yet he got an MBA from Harvard...makes no sense.

    Bottomline- Over 2 years after running against Obama's ticket and Dems are still scared of Palin!

    March 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. chris

    The ONLY thing the GOP needs to do is come up with a unified plan to fix the country. Take input from people like Daniels and Schweitzer and stop worrying about the Mama Barracude soap opera. The GOP is showing they're a bunch of losers.

    March 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Richmond Senior

    Sarah, Michelle, Hermann, and the guy from Fla whose name I can't remember all have strong tea-party backing. This alone should bring to the convention enough votes to pick one of the 4. I'd be very happy with any one of them.

    Freedom now, cut spending, eliminate unfunded entitlements, downsize government.

    March 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. egore

    One has to wonder what poll GSMITH has seen that shows Obama with "zero chance of being re-elected". Wishful thinking is one thing, but when it results in posting stupid and innane blog comments it just proves one thing, there are a lot of stupid people out there. Just saying.

    March 14, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Amunaka

    One day ..just one 24 hour period..I wish would go by without palin being in the news cycle...in fact I'm lighting candles to the saints as we speak for this miracle...

    March 14, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Zach

    I'd switch sides to vote for her. We need her to be the nominee. And I don't see why we can't borrow some pages from the Republican playbook to do it.

    March 14, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Heck NO!

    Thunder-thighs might take a stab at Obama in the Demo-primaries. She could win too. Palin vs. Clinton or Beauty vs. the Beast is the worst scenario that comes to mind.

    March 14, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Point Noted

    Let me get this right. Republicans wanted Sara Palin to win, as long as she was playing second fiddle to McCain. Now they don't want her at all?? That by itself is sufficient reason for me to vote for Obama if he cares to run for the President the second term.

    Else I hope Sara Palin wins. Joe the Plumber would make an excellent Vice President. And I hope I can get out of this country as a refugee....

    March 14, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Look......bottom line; Liberal Democrats are all.....ALWAYS voting for the Democrat....period! Republicans true and blue are ALWAYS voting for the Republican.....period! But Independants and those who do not register with any party are voting in 2012 for the CONSERVATIVE....no doubt, Obambi has been such a disaster and people just do not know what he may do.....If Palin is the Republican canidate, she WILL win.....The Dems know this and that is why they spend so much time and ink in attacking her.....it is relentless! I know some of you may say as Judd....."the Republican voters may sit this one out".... you got to be kidding! Do you think any Conservative will pass on any opportunity to vote against Obambi???? If you beleive this, I have some ocean front property in Arkansas I want to sell you.
    2012....Fill in the blank__________ against Obaambi, wins hands down!
    Then all the Liberal bloggers on this CNN Ticker will have to get a JOB!

    March 14, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Sr. J

    All you obama sausage suckers have no brain at all. America has actually gotten WORSE under Obama. my dog can be a better pres. than obama. obama has no guts and no courage to stand up for america. why give him another term.

    March 14, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. MM

    Let her run, will be a joke for all the world to laugh at! Just makes that GOP field of candidates look less competent, because they are drawn down to her level of incompetence!

    March 14, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Cindy Ivine

    How ridiculous has our political system gotten that Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are candidates for president?

    March 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. vikingslost

    It appears most are trying to be as civil as they can and don't want to tell Sarah Palin the truth about her not having the ability to lead this fine country of ours.

    I suppose I can hear it now or read it now, from Sarah Palin, the negative comeback she will have her writers prepare for her against Judd Gregg for even saying that she has no chance against President Obama.

    I have a great deal of respect for former Senator Judd Gregg for saying his piece.
    Senator Gregg is always so respectful even when he was in the Senate to the other point of view.
    I'm just having a very difficult time in trying to maintain my composure in cracking up with laughter for how this is reported in the news.

    March 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Guest

    If America had survived 8 years of Dubya, Sarah Palin will be a walk in the park. So don't worry people.

    March 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. spoo

    won't be long before a tea bagger fanatic kills her in fear that she would make an easy Obama reelection

    March 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Me

    Palin/Bachman 2012.......The Dream Team...Dream as in Nightmare!

    March 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. The Other Michael in Houston

    @ Common Thinking, I usually do not comment on comments but whomever you are, you really cannot believed what you stated. Palin a great govener, she quit! Not for health reasons, not for a new position in government, but because she wwas under state corruption charges. Calling your President a clown because he reads from a teleprompter, I guess Ronald Reagan, G.H. Bush, Bill Clinton, G.W. Bush are clowns also according to your theory. Critize president Obama if you please, we will just give you another four years to grip about the President when we re-elect him in 2012. Oh and for god's sake, mix in spell check or better yet, pursue your GED and pay attention in English class this time around, common thinking.

    March 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. George

    Is Judd Gregg off his rails? First it's way too early to say Palin or anyone has a chance. Second, Bugs Bunny, if he's a republican, is a better choice than any democrat, especially Obama. Palin has a lot of a great ideas, but you wouldn't know it if you watch liberal news. All they make her do is defend herself rather than let her get her message out. Yes, the tv show was a mistake, but the books are great.

    March 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. wny mike

    too bad she's a woman because it comes off as gender bashing but SP goes from unknown to mayor of wasilla to gov of alaska to PRESIDENT of the USA???
    i can't believe 25.1% (half of the 50% who vote) of voters are stupid enough to put this idiot in the WH

    March 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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