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. todd indy

    Joe Scarborough said Palin ensures an Obama victory in 2012 before this article.

    March 14, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Cedar Rapids

    'common thinking – Sarah Palin is a fantastic politician...just like she was a great governer. Stupid americans are not ready for honesty and truth'
    Thanks for that, I was having a blah day but that chuckle really cheered me up.

    'he doesn't have forward thinking.'
    Oh and what do your great 'forward thinking' skills say should be the action because I can pretty much guarantee you know jack.

    March 14, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. DKM

    If you want the Democrats to continue to hold power...just vote Palin in... I'm sure Obama will be very happy!

    March 14, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    What path is that? She is wandering all over and she quits when the going gets tough?

    March 14, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Len

    What bothers me the most is Nov. 2010 we voted in tea party folks who have no interest in helping the middle class or poor. We have a Republican party who only cares about big business and the upper 2% and voted them in. The 17 percent of independents that voted for President Obama voted for tea party and repubs. In 2010. What were you voted against your own interests.......we are a very unintelligent country. They are cutting education to shreds in a country that is 20th in math and science. We are dumbing down our country. JUST listen to Bachman and Palin!!!! Wake up folks!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. MsNichole

    For years I've just wanted Sarah Palin to go way because she's a joke. Now I am all too happy to see her run for president. Go ahead brilliant Tea Partiers bite of your nose to spite your face!!!

    March 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. yellerdog

    Run Palin RUN!

    March 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. reality

    Blah blah blah!!!!! Doesn't matter we need to get right! Jesus is coming life as we know it is over!!!!!!!! Doesn't matter who runs this country!

    March 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Geoff

    Sara palin is a joke and a quitter if she were to ever become president I would seriously consider moving out of this country, I live in Alaska and she is not that popular up here I pray to god she just goes away, her and her whole family are attention whores, in a nut shell she would be worse then Obama.

    March 14, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Elvis

    McCain unkleashed this Palin virus upon the American public.

    March 14, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. blf83

    Her hands aren't big enough to hold all the things she doesn't know.

    March 14, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Name

    Palin! she doesn't desrve to run or be president the way she talk/sound doesn't sound or seem professional. She can be anything she want and I won't hold that against her but, for president , hell no, she don't sound professional like most lady I hear on the news.

    March 14, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |

    I say all the Democrats cross lines, take a Replican ballot (like they did last primary) and vote for Palin!

    March 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. nick

    I hope she wins...

    March 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    @commonthinking :). Are you for real? If anyone is a clsn is this stupid woman ehi is only good for one thing . . . The worlds oldest profession and it's all about her. She doesnt even care about her famiky or her kids!

    March 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Amreeeka

    What a role model this country will have if SHE becomes the president!!

    March 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. w7rkd

    Just the expression on Palins face in this picture says it all! She's looking to catch the Short Bus!

    March 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |

    Here they go trying to head Snooki Palin off at the pass. It is not very smart to admit that they can't stop her in the process.
    She's going to run for sure now.They just DARED her to run in her junior high school mind. It's all downhill from here wingnuts.
    GOBP heads exploding all over the place. David Koch will call for another meeting soon.

    March 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Amy

    I'm conservative. I wish this woman would go away. She's ill-prepared and uninformed in most instances. There are so many strong potential GOP candidates. This one takes the laughing-stock cake – she is the topper.

    March 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Kyle P

    ok so Obama will never win the 2012 election because of his incompetence to do anything he says.... Our economy still sucks..... OUr healthcare should not be reformed it is fine how it is... Fact: U.S.A has the best healthcare in the world....

    Palin will easily get GOP nomination and possibly President because people are tired of Obama's lies.......... Even if people dont like her America would rather have her than Barack any day.......

    March 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Clinton

    Look, no offense to Republican folks out there, but the honest truth isn't that Palin would obviously fail to win against Obama... the truth is, there is no such thing as a republican leader right now... I'm completely in the middle... you know who i vote for? The person i think has the best chance to make a difference while they are in office... Republicans are viewed (and probably rightfully so) as polarized... they do not bend on anything... politics are ABOUT compromising... because nobody wants EXACTLY what repubs want and nobody wants EXACTLY what Dems want... We need folks that are willing to say... okay i won't vote for what you have here... but lets find a middle road on this and make something happen... not folks that just throw the whole damn thing out the window and sit like a child holding their breath til they get what they want... that's what we've seen lately... Dems on the other side have enjoyed a lot of success lately... especially having 2 years of a Dem congress and a Dem president... but they're overconfident and have used the "we don't need your consent anymore" line way too much... nobody is blameless... but i for one am sick of both arguments... I want leaders that will sit down... work on a problem... and come up with a plan to solve the issue... not just fight for 6 months and put out legislation that NOBODY likes because neither side would work together..... that's all we see anymore and that's why i can't identify with either party... because they're both rediculous.... but to the point of presidential candidates.... None of those who have announced from the Republicans or are likely going to run... have shown the willingness to compromise that i would like to see... they're a VERY embattled party... they're very bitter sounding... and they really don't look like what i want in office... and i honestly don't see any of them defeating Obama at this point.

    March 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. William

    I think that Sarah Palin should at the top of the list as our "our on the ground ambassador to Libya" ..... maybe even be Gadhafi's personal assistant. She coud teach him how to "cut and run".

    March 14, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Rex Raptor

    Who do you think her vice presidential choice would be? Can you imagine if its Bachmann? Gasp!

    March 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Obama is, always will be my President

    Mike Brooks, you did not campaign for President and you never will, if you say Pat Buchannon and Joe Scarborough is the best candidates you are a GOP and always have been. " I would vote for a turnip to get rid of him" go and vote for your turnip. I hope when your turnip get thought with your part of America you will wish you was dead.

    March 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Gotta Be Kiddin

    @Mike Brooks – there is no way you campaigned for President Obama!

    March 14, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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