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.

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soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. jellylee2020

    Go Sarah Palin! Obama 2012!

    March 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Den

    Setting aside for a moment any questions about her intellectual suitability for the office of President, the biggest reservation I have about Sarah Palin is her demonstrated inability to see a challenge through to its conclusion. When it's shown that she was unable to even finish out her complete term as the governor of Alaska, what makes her supporters believe that she will have the perseverance to complete a term of four years in an elective office that is much more demanding than anything she faced as governor? It's this lack of resolve that I find most troubling about any talk of her running for President.

    I expect that as the field of Republican candidates becomes more crowded, and as the men and women begin to take stands on issues, we'll begin getting a clearer sense of who has the emotional qualities to serve as President. The field will inevitably thin, and I for one am looking forward to seeing who rises to the top of the heap.

    March 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. blake

    Gregg is absolutely right. The Republicans will be making a huge mistake, insuring an Obama re-election, if Palin is the nominee. She is far too polarizing. If Palin cares more about the country than she does herself, she knows this and will not seek the nomination.

    March 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Baronton

    my guilty pleasure self says Go Sarah just for the fact that it will make hilarious SNL skits and a re-emergence of Tina Fey's 'spot on' imitation. But for the sake of the USA's image abroad, the world already thinks we are a country of lunatics, do we really wanted to re-infornce that notion?

    March 14, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Rev Mkell,

    Sarah Palin has united most of America! Were united in laughing at her and the stupid things she says!

    March 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Ulaa

    Sarah, I beg you.... run your Republican opponents into the political ground! You are the one contender I'm positive Obama can beat with his eyes closed and one hand tied behind his back.

    March 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Itsa

    @commonthinking – I laughed when I read your comment. Ridiculous – You think Obama is a 'clown' for reading his speeches off a teleprompter. Then you think every US president was a clown for reading them off teleprompters too. Every president has used them since they were invented. Oh, and Sarah Palin, she uses them too, along with notes written on her hands, index cards, note paper...Seriously, the old teleprompter argument NEVER was a credible argument to begin with. So lame.

    March 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Michael

    Saah Pain , the "Cut and Run" governor. Enough siad.

    March 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Fred Evil

    "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."
    LOL!!! Keep telling yourself that, it will make it all the sweeter come 1/21/2013, when we can see the look of stunned defeat on your face, as Palin loses EVERY state. (and if she doesn't, we can begin immediate proceedings to eject that ignorant-arse state from the union....we don't need anyone that dumb in the US)

    March 14, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Palin (or Bachmann for that matter) has a chance to win the nomination, then it seems that there will be a whole lot more negative ads against Obama rather than ones to say why Palin (or Bachmann) should be the leader. At this point, I don't like either one of those.

    March 14, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Topaz

    I really really hope and pray that Palin or Bachman should win the nomination or even that jerk Santorum!!!

    March 14, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin is GOD's CHOSEN ONE and she will win both the nomination and 2 terms in the White House as our greatest President! Sarah Palin is the REAL MESSIAH and SAVIOR of this country!

    March 14, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. deb0155

    Sarah, please do not run! You are a blithering idiot and you will make a mockery out of the office of the President of the United States!

    March 14, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Funny Stuff

    Sarah winning nomination is hilarious. Any party that would allow that to happen deserves to lose. Obama has not thrilled me at all but I would vote for him, heck I would vote for cat before I could ever vote for Sarah give me the money because I'm like a gun totting barbie Palin.

    March 14, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Aezel

    Here is a warning on Palin for everyone:

    Warning! Interacting with this woman may lower your IQ! Side effects include mind-numbing stupidity, fiscal policy ignorance, and driving your country off a cliff.

    March 14, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. fayse

    Obama / Biden 2012 but, I like Susan Rice for 2016. She is strong and very intelligent. I believe that America will be ready for a woman President in 2016 and Ms Rice appears to be smarter and stronger than Hillary Clinton, without the baggage.

    March 14, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. informed voter

    Palin's path to winning would be the Republican's path (and America's path) to losing. As an ardent supporter of President Obama, I say, "Go for it." Many Democrats might actually switch party affiliations in order to vote for the Quitter on Twitter in the primaries, thereby guaranteeing another 4 years of Democrats running the executive branch, and helping our nation to continue its path to winning the future!

    March 14, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. RG

    Obama should run as a Republican since he's so quick to compromise with them. He caved on tax cuts for the rich, which has started a war on public employees.

    March 14, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Dave, Central Illinois

    Only one candidate in the 2008 election was qualified – McCain. Palin was window dressing, Biden was/is a comic relief, and Obama was/is a gimmic. So there you are folks, the plain and unedited truth. Now, will CNN censor let this post stand?

    March 14, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Tim

    The whole thing is silly. Consider that virtually ALL progressives, most independents and some conservatives will not vote for the Wasilla Imbecilla. How on earth could the R's be so foolish. Their polling must point this out.

    March 14, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    Gregg gets it finally. One Republican down and hundreds of thousands to go. They fail to realize this fruitcake could get the nominination for her party. Well I apologize for calling the IDIOT a fruitcake. If she were a fruitcake she would be one minus most of the fruit. I do hope she gets the nomination for her party to run for President. Then the nation could see first hand that this woman does nothing but spread evil and hate in her words. This woman is so evil, the devil will not associate with her. She hated her job as Governor of Alaska so much that she quit half way through. If she hated that job so bad I'm sure she wouldn't last 6 months as POTUS before calling her VP and saying "it's your baby. I'm outta here". Then she would go out and hit the book and speech circute as the worlds only "Half President" and make millions knocking the very job she wanted so bad. RUN SARAH RUN. BARACK NEEDS YOU.

    March 14, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Billy from Philly

    I urge every Democrat to change their affilation to Republican! Let the write-in campaign begin!

    March 14, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Marry

    Democracy should not be treated respect less and as a joke! (So sometimes one thinks most people have little understanding of its importance!)There are a lot of people in this world that gave/give their lives to have serious people represent their voice and interests. Ms. Palin, this disqualifies you to even run for office!

    March 14, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whose going to implant a new brain in Sarah Palin is the question because the one she has doesn't work.

    March 14, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Gary

    I think this is how people abbreviate "Laugh Out Loud" online: LOL

    March 14, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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