Palin has path to win, Republican warns
March 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
4 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. Name king

    The more rabid ideology the repugs whip up their followers into the more chance Palin have to win, these repugs will learn that rabid lunacy, will heart them in the general election, but don't worry we will sure to replay your lunatic speacbes you guys spew in the race to be the most rabid lunatic in order to win the primary. This time you won't beable to play the moderate roll in the general election against Obama, because we will be more than happy to bring your lunaticy to light.

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

    Unless the republicans come up with a credible candidate, the current crop is set to loose to our president. And this will be a good thing for the country.

    March 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. fayse

    Surely to goodness the American people are not stupid enough to vote for Palin. To have her anywhere near the White House would be a disastor for America. I doubt that the Koch brothers will allow that to happen.

    March 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Steve in Denver

    Don't listen to him! Nominate her! Nominate her! 2012 would be the best election ever! A bigger win for Obama than Reagan had in 1984!

    March 14, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    OMG! Australia is looking better and better these days.

    March 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. His Boy Elroy

    If that woman runs for President, I will be happy to vote for Obama. She would be a fiasco... a continued fiasco. The world has lost respect for our country as it is. Bush did that. They laugh at us and point. Palin would be the nail in the coffin.

    March 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Dover

    All of the left wing and 2/3 of the right wing hate this woman. I say run Sarah run! We need the laughs.

    March 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Ferret out the B.S.

    Wow, scary isn't the word.

    March 14, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. MiddleOfTheRoad

    This is just the beginning. Others will follow.

    March 14, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Cool as they come

    Who cares america aint stupid enough to vote her over mr.president obama she wont come close

    March 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Name shortlilrope

    If she wins the republican primaries, this country would become more of a laughing stock than it already is! Sarah Palin quit as governor of Alaska, that was too much work. What makes anyone believe she could actually run a country!? She is good publicity, but a total airhead.

    March 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Ted

    Mr Gregg is the first to come out and admit that if Palin is the GOP candidate, the GOP will lose the 2012 election. The GOP might as well fold its tent now, skip the 2012 election and start planning on 2016. There are such a bunch of losers in the ring now on the GOP side wanting to be president and apparently Palin is in the middle. Glad he has said this. We cannot return to a GOP controlled White House. Look what happened when that idiot George Bush was in there. Two stupid wars and a trashed financial system among other atrocities like ignoring the people devastated by Katrina.

    Obama/Biden 2012 and forever

    March 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. indydave

    What? A Republican who isn't delusional, and can see plain truth when it's sitting right out in the open? And will SAY SO OUT LOUD?

    You could knock me over with a feather right about now,...

    March 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Leo from East Texas

    This goofy Alaskan Hocky Mom, Mamma Grizzly, Whatevever she want's to call herself next.......Is a Legend in her own mind.....You only exsist because of John McCain... He thought Barack Obama was going to put Hilliary Clinton on the Ticket with him.... So John McCain thought to himself Hum....I'll put a Younger Women on my Ticket..... Extreme to the right...Presto you were born.....An now that ego is running on extreme high.....Thinking you are some important figure in the American life.....In a way i hope you do Run for office......Then after Barack Obama soundly Defeats you do us all a favor....GO AWAY.............

    March 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. ja

    the gop has sunk to an all time low if palin has a clearer path to nomination, and obama will be reelected

    March 14, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. SteveC

    Being a supporter of President Obama, I can't think of anything nicer than having Palin as the Republican nominee in 2012.

    March 14, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Independent In Albany

    I think I may have to register republican just to vote for her in the primary. I LOVE a good freak show LOL............

    March 14, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. bluedogboy

    Just goes to show how screwed-up the Republicans are. You can listen to all the Obama/Democrat bashing you want. The RNC is a financial mess and has no viable candidates. Obama 2012, Hillary in 2016. Done deal.

    March 14, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Larry

    Obama supporters are licking their chops over the remote possibility of Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann somehow capturing the republican nomination. It would be like voting for the hoitest girl in a 6th grade election.

    March 14, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    OK Republicans, no one on that ticket of yours can beat Obama, so whether it is Palin, or Bachman, Gingrich or Trump, Nosferatu (Giuliani) or Barbour, or the two freaks that look like twins, the one from Minessota and the other from Ohio....

    ...IT DOES NOT MATTER... who the heck you nominate...

    I say go for Bachman/the freak from Ohio (the one that took a dead fetus home and had his kidfs play with it)...at least it will be funny to watch...

    March 14, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. True American

    Uh-oh...methinks the $arah Palin gang will force Gregg to back peddle on that statement by tomorrow...."Err...let me clarify what I really meant to say....was uh...." Palin's got all the GOP men by the balls. Literally.

    March 14, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. DLong

    Republicans are worried she might win the nomination and Democrats are hoping she does! LOL!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Veteran

    Love that Palin, she is the right person at the right time, recall we vote for Presidents not for Union Bosses

    March 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. jeannettelj

    Win what?? The booby prize? I hope she does get the nomination, that way Obama will be re-elected!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Jay

    Please, GOP, draft Pathetic Palin as your candidate. It would insure a democratic landslide victory in so many political arenas and we could all use the laughs.

    March 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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