Palin says it's still too early to talk prez bid
April 20th, 2011
09:09 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin says it's still too early to talk prez bid

(CNN) - Sarah Palin has taken few steps to indicate she is seriously interested in a presidential run, but the former Alaska governor says it's still premature to give the matter much thought.

"I think it is too early to declare a candidacy," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "I think it's too early for anyone."

Pressed if she has at least considered forming an exploratory committee of some kind – an initial step that a string of likely presidential candidates have already taken – Palin said that too "isn't even on the radar."

"Because I do think even that is early," she said. "And you know I've never really run for anything conventionally over the last couple of decades."

"I've just jumped in and done it when I know it's the right thing to do," she added. "So it's going to be an unconventional run if I so chose to do that."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have all formed exploratory committees of some kind – either with the IRS or the Federal Elections Commission. The step allows candidates to begin raising money that can be later transferred to their presidential campaigns if they pull the trigger on a bid. A string of other potential candidates have also offered timeframes of when they will decide to run or not.

While the need to fundraise early might not be as strong for Palin, given her already-high name recognition and legion of supporters, polling shows the former GOP vice presidential nominee's popularity within the party has sagged in recent months - a sign she might have some work to do if she is serious about winning the Republican presidential nomination.

In addition to not taking any formal steps toward a White House bid, Palin has made few trips to the early-voting states and has not recruited any additional staff that would indicate she is preparing for a national campaign.

Still, Palin jumped back in the spotlight Saturday when she spoke at a Tea Party Tax Day rally in Madison, Wisconsin. Two days later, her Political Action Committee unveiled a revamped website - leading some to speculate the former governor still hasn't foreclosed the notion of running for president entirely.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. DanMan97

    Oh, please run for president...please, please run! To quote Dennis Miller, you'll get "stomped like a narc at a biker rally!" That's the only way to let some of the air out of your self-inflated ego! Then again, you'll probably find some way to spin it, in order to convince yourself that you actually matter.

    April 20, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    I'm not a Palin fan but that photo you use in your article makes her look as crazy as Bachmann.

    April 20, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. CNNLover

    She sounds so unstable and immature. What a big baby. She can't even take running for President seriously.

    April 20, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to tell her what the standard operating procedure is for Republicans. Once lose a presidential race you are obligated not to run again. One and done. Thinking is that you hurt the party by running again and again. In other words, you are a loser.

    April 20, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Mack

    Oh, $arah!! Who are you kidding? You know as well as most folks that you are NOT going to seek a bid for the President in 2012. So stop trying to make people think that you are going to run. Gimme a break!! Give us all a break and go back to your igloo and put Piper back in school!!

    April 20, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Tsah from Virginia

    OMG in Nags Head on vacation and missing it all. But it's the same old thing – the same old people – and the same old song. I looked out my window and saw a sailboat go by. Palin should be sailin' on that boat. It's too early because she's not running. Between her and Trumpet – they are running for a popularity contest and they are both losing!!!

    April 20, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. skitownrefugee

    SP should give up any notion of running for office and get into acting – or should I say – admit to the fact that she's really an entertainer and nothing more. I can picture her opposite Adam Sandler in some silly B movie.

    April 20, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. aradayon

    she's hoping that more idiots , ignorants and racists are available after bachmann and trump gattered them all

    April 20, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. BOB FROM BPT.

    She can`t run to get out of her own way. Why don`t she find a comfortable place to simply lie down. This has got be tuff on her clan- to view the extent of her moronic behavior outside the comfines of the home for the world to see. It is a long walk to the bank inspite of the big pay days when everyone around you think that you put such an ugly face to state of Alaska.

    April 20, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. MiddleOfTheRoad

    ......."And you know I've never really run for anything conventionally over the last couple of decades."

    Over the last couple of decades!!??!!!? She just makes me vomit.

    April 20, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Sprocket

    If she waits long enough, the election will be over.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 20, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Pat in IL

    She quits every job, college, etc. when she gets tired of it and moves on to something else.

    April 20, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. frontgate

    Best ticket for '12
    Palin-Trump or Trump-Palin
    Yeah, that's it
    Winner ticket for sure.
    I hope they wear funny tea-bagger hats.

    April 20, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. chuck

    CNN, please stop putting this self absorbed, money making idiot in the news What an ugly picture by the way.... notice 99.9% of commenters say enough already. The GOP runners have become the joke of late night news and comedy. The current pick, Bachmann, Trump, Newt, my gosh people, they make Georgw W, look good. When will we have a realisitc candidate to take seriously. Notice Palin NOT on my list-America would not consider this idiot.She was a laughing stock in Madison WI last Saturday-everything she says sounds incredibly stupid–She said "Walker supports the working people", I rest my case.

    April 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. CEL1

    Sarah, come on, jump in. We need more laughs, the world is in deep trouble and you can't come up with any real solutions, so sure, you need to be President.

    April 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Dave

    yea, she's not looking so hot these days.

    April 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. FM

    It doesn't matter Sarah!!! Whether you announce your candidacy now or early Nov. 2012, all mean the same. No one is going to hire you as the leader of the greatest nation on earth. Just continue dreaming and your dreams will never come true!

    April 20, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Sally

    If this woman had a brain in her head (she'd have to squeeze out her over-sized ego to find it) she would see that she is no longer relevant. She has nothing new to offer. No positive suggestions, no attempt at compromise, no knowledge about the world except that America is 'exceptional,' and never, ever, an apology for a lie, an acknowledgement that she was wrong about anything, and always the whine. Sorry, Sarah, the schtick is old and tired. There are many problems in this country, and "drill, baby drill," and "lower taxes" will not help any of them. Go home and take care of your children.

    April 20, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. hq211acr

    The key phrase here is "I think", since that is something that Sarah seldom does (It hhurts her head and makes her eyes water) she is just talking to hear herself talk, and hopefully enthrall a few people who have not decided between Michelle Bachmann (R- far right looney) and Donald Trump (Undecided, but feeding his ego).

    April 20, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Florida Joe

    Right Sarah....Really think you should wait until the 12th of Never..........She will not run because once she does and gets killed at the polls her ability to have anyone pay attention to her is OVER...........Besides if she runs she'd have to speak for free and that is a big NO NO to this money grabing quiter from Alaska..............

    April 20, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Tired of the nonsense

    II want Palin the Pickled-Brained Moron to run for president!
    II want Bachmann as her running mate.

    Why, you ask?

    Easy.

    President Obama will win re-election not only by a landslide but he'll win by getting every single electoral vote and at least 95% of the popular vote. Let's face it - at least 5% of the population thinks Palin is intelligent which says more about them than it does her given the fact she's a pickled-brained moron.

    April 20, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. mk

    Please Palin and Trump....Please run!!!! Even as a ticket. It will be the best show on earth! Won't you do it for us? Lift up the country, put some humor back in our lives. Give us a great can't stop watching train wreck that only will get better with every debate, interview, mic mishap and off the cuff quip. Pleeeeeeease! If your as patriotic as you say and want to help this country do it for US.

    April 20, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Mike S.

    Is it true that Planter's Peanuts Corp. is putting all of the Republican candidates' pictures on their latest brand of Mixed Nuts?
    Sarah's picture should be front and center, with Bachman, Gingrich, O'Donnell, Beck, Trump, Romney, Huckabee, and Barbour surrounding her. Snow Not-So-Bright and the Seven Dwarfs.

    April 20, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. rusty155

    Saran Palin you just don't get It , no body want you to run because you couldn't win If you ran for dog catcher. You are no way QUALIFIED to be running for President. If the Republican and the TEA PARTY are dumb enough to have you ran for Run for President , they may as just save their money. You are even a bad mother why don't you trier staying home and taking care of your kids, may be the other one won't end up having a kid to be for she get married. And nobody like a QUITTER and beside you even say on your TV show you rather be out there Instead of being In some old Political Office. Beside that that book that coming out say you didn't like being GOV . So you really couldn't handle be President and they say In the book you may have broken the law, so that make you a crook and we don't need nothing more of them. Beside that you are a IDIOT.

    April 20, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. clarke

    well I don't really care what she does. I am not voting for her. There are not alot to pick from. I will not vote for anyone who is a clown, so I guess I won't be voting.

    April 20, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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