If Palin were president
March 19th, 2011
02:29 PM ET
4 years ago

If Palin were president

(CNN)-Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed the Obama administration for "dithering" on Libya and accused fellow Republicans of "having the fighting instinct of sheep" while speaking overseas in India on Saturday.

While Palin's prepared remarks outlined her vision for America, her sharpest comments came during a Q-and-A session where she entertained 'if you were president'-style hypotheticals.

Palin was invited to deliver the keynote address at the India Today Conclave, an annual gathering of India's elite including business leaders, politicians and academics. It is sponsored by an Indian Communications company and named for the India Today magazine.

The potential presidential candidate addressed the importance of energy and the influence of India's relationship with the United States in prepared remarks titled "My Vision of America." But when she sat down for the question-and-answer session with the editor-in-chief of India Today, Aroon Purie, her attention turned to topics of a presidential nature.

She was asked how she would respond to certain events if she were president, including financial assistance to banks and Libya. On Libya she said "It would have been different." Remarking that the U.S. has a tradition of not criticizing the president's foreign policy on "foreign soil," she continued, "Certainly, there would have been more decisiveness, more commitment to those that are freedom fighters, that they know that America is on their side.

"There would have been more decisiveness, less dithering," Palin stated.

And of financial assistance given to banks she said that she'd rather "free markets decide who the winners and who the losers would be" instead of politicians.

"I don't think it was such a tough situation that it had to lead to the bailouts that our U.S. government engaged in," she stated. "What it led to is more debt."

Calling the Tea Party "a grassroots movement from the ground up" that is a "beautiful movement" that will grow and be more influential, Palin asserted that the Tea Party movement will "hold our politicians accountable."

She also shared lessons from the 2008 campaign trail, where she learned "You can't necessarily trust the mainstream media to accurately report on your record…your values...Not when those in the media already have their chosen one...You have to have the boldness and courage to set the record yourself."

Palin remarked that her approach is different than that of her GOP peers. "Too often Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep and you know they're just going to sit back and take it…I don't have that within me…I will put my foot down and I will state the truth so that people have correct information and they can make decisions for themselves," she declared.

Palin also described herself as "independent" saying that "some Republican players within the Republican hierarchy don't really like that." And she revealed that "Todd Palin is not even registered with the Republican Party [in Alaska] because he's such an independent."

When asked why she lost the election, Palin joked that it was "because the media," but continued on to provide her insight on the views of the electorate saying "Candidate Obama had a strong campaign, he was the agent of change and though he was inexperienced and relatively unknown people so desired that change."

Purie noted that Palin "could have been a change too," and she responded, "I wasn't the top of the ticket. Remember? I'm not saying I should've been."

And when the conversation turned to the 2012 ticket, she quickly stated the she hasn't made a decision on whether to run. Observing that "there's plenty of time to deliberate," Palin affirmed that she is still thinking about a presidential candidacy.

She's also thought about Todd Palin's title if she became president. When asked if he would be called the "first man," Palin responded "Probably the first gentleman."

"Man, that's getting way ahead of ourselves, isn't it? Yes, it is," she said.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. gary

    She seems to be "dithering" on throwing her hat in the ring. As a Democrat, I hope she'll do it soon. She's in for a big surprise. If she thinks the mainstream American "media" was tough on her, wait until she reads the press she's going to get in India!!

    March 19, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    The country would be in war within 15 minutes over something idiotic she said and my family would move to Europe until she was gone. Although she would probably get impeached within 3 months of taking office for some corrupt scandal. God Lord – do you know what a stupid article this is??? It would be like letting Michele Bachmann teach American history at your child's school.

    March 19, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Ronnie

    Palin gets more delusional daily ! As this republican tea terrorist was talking to the press in India the UN was bombing Libya.Just because the republican tea terrorist like murdering our troops with their 2 failed Bush wars our President Obama waited for the UN so the US wouldn't have to bomb Libya alone or pick up the tap for it alone.

    March 19, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Annette

    I want Sarah Palin to run... I enjoy all the comedic preformances that come from that.

    March 19, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Yoga girl

    Hmm. Why does she get to bash the President overseas but the Dixie Chicks got in trouble for it?

    March 19, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. John R Smitherton

    If Palin were president...the world would be doomed. The English language would die. Fungus would take over.

    March 19, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Bill

    The "media" didn't cause her to lose the election, the voters did. Her polls are weak and her comments to the India press
    are shameful. I hope she runs for president and shows the public how completely unqualified she really is.

    March 19, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. michael

    the problem is she just doesnt think or doesnt have the capacity to. to palins mind its all about her and its just another popularity contest. get another reality show and leave governing to the adults

    March 19, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Rissa

    if palin ever becamse our president we'd all be run by a super idiot. she probally can't remember what country she lives in; she has to write it on her hand

    March 19, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Ronnie

    If Palin was President hell would have frozen over ! She only has a 28% favorable rating ! Why does the media give her any voice at all ?

    March 19, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. twiddly

    If Palin were president, we'd still be in the midst of the 2nd great depression because she is so clueless.

    And yeah, she's looking quite haggard these days isn't she? I'm guessing meth, but who knows.

    March 19, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Udi

    I really do hope the Mayans were right and the world ends 2012 so we can avoid this disaster

    March 19, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Jason

    Isn't there some taboo against attacking the sitting president while overseas? Or is that just for liberals?

    March 19, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. alaskalu

    So now it is the Republican Party she is throwing under the bus. Who will be next?

    March 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. thomas

    "Man, that's getting way ahead of ourselves, isn't it? Yes, it is," she said.
    -Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed the Obama administration for "dithering" on Libya and accused fellow Republicans of "having the fighting instinct of sheep" while speaking overseas in India on Saturday.

    Palin is so out of touch with the real world , Dangerously so !

    March 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Calm Dog

    Oh, God. Now she's out in public. We poked her about not having a passport. Now she's got one. This is on you, McCain.

    March 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Guinness

    "There would have been more decisiveness, less dithering," Palin continued
    Which would return us to the same reckless and cavalier foreign policy that this country endured during the Bush/Cheney years. Our current president is smart enough you get shared military participation by cajoling, not by bullying.

    March 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Agnim

    "If Palin were president", America would sure nuff have 'The Second Great Republicon Depression'.

    As Fate, Obama & Democrats would have it, the incompetent and wild bush and republicons were only able to achieve 'The Second Great Republicon Recession'.

    March 19, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. e hendricks

    GOD help us if she should run. If we thought W was bad wait for this lunney tune.

    March 19, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Calm Dog

    Hey, hey. Maybe Clinton can revoke her passport before she gets back. Just spitballin'...

    March 19, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Realist

    As expected, Palin's comments demonstrate she has NO clue as to what constitutes sound foreign or economic policy. The bank bailouts only caused more debt???? What would a total collapse of the financial sector have done to the debt???? Besides, I know a good portion of the TARP money has been paid back to the government WITH INTEREST.

    Perhaps once she has successfully demonstrated she can handle the complexities of running a small mostly rural state then perhaps she can dream of running the most complex and formidable economic, cultural and military superpower on the planet.

    March 19, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. blake

    Ms. Palin, you will never be President. You are far too polarizing, and you should know it, if you ego doesn't keep you from coming to terms with reality. We desperately need a conservative in the White House starting in 2013. That will not happen if you win the Republican nomination. It will be 4 more years of Obama. Please set aside your personal ambition and do what is in the best interest of the country.

    March 19, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Bee

    the only thing that I can say is that You will never be president, so deal with it and go back to Alaska, Please

    March 19, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. PalinFails

    If Palin was president, the country would experience a calamity worse than Bush.

    March 19, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Dale

    If Palin had been president we would be at war with every country in the world by now. What she calls dithering, I call being careful.

    March 19, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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