Palin says it's still too early to talk prez bid
April 20th, 2011
09:09 AM ET
3 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.


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. nintex

    I think she has ADHD and needs medication so she can focus for five minutes on one thing. And that crack the other day about "fighting like a girl" – what a seventh-grade mentality that demonstrates! Adults know you have to compromise and cooperate to get anything done for the good of all. Sarah will never understand that.

    April 20, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. GSMITH

    If Sarah Palin runs and wins the Republican nomination she will destroy Barrack Obama. President Obama has zero percent chance of winning reelection and you can take that to the bank. A Republican will be sworn in as our next President in January 2013. DRILL BABY DRILL !!!! Cut Taxes, Cut Spending, Cut Goverment this what is needed for prosperity again.

    April 20, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Jess C

    Isn't there at least a basic IQ test to qualify at least? Shouldn't you have to speak appropriate English? Can't the GOP find someone who represents more than 10% of this country? On the other hand, her running would cinch it for Obama and save the Dems campaign money.

    April 20, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Make our day please!

    Republicans don't want good government but they do want good comedy! Imagine how this looks to the rest of the world. We have no right to talk about the loony leaders of other governments. Look who is running for president of ours!

    April 20, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Alaskan Sourdough

    Dumber than a mud fence, an embarassment to our state and the laughing stock of America...I for one can't wait for the expose' book but to be honest nothing will surprise me

    April 20, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. jim

    it doesn't matter when she commits, if she ever does. she is un-electable, and thank goodness for that.

    April 20, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. righthook38

    Wow. Obviously, no Sarah Palin fans on this site! I totally understand if people don't like her, but some of these comments are so hateful and mean spirited. Why can't you just state your case without the venom?

    I don't know if she'll run. I think she's being honest about that. I think she's waiting to see who else will emerge, and will make a decision from there. Same thing with Michele Bachmann. She seems more likely to run than Palin, but I think she is also waiting to see if other candidates throw their hat in the ring.

    April 20, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    To Seattle Sue: Nobody is as crazy as Bachmann. I, unfortunately, am in her district. My nightmare is Palin/Bachmann or Bachmann/Palin, although either ticket would positively guarantee a second term for Obama.

    April 20, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Drod

    Hey everybody! Sarah Palin did not announce that she would not run. She did not announce that she would not run. Maybe tomorrow.

    April 20, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Al

    She probably won't decide to run until she explores her exit strategy options.

    April 20, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. George

    Does anyone actually believe that she isn't or hasn't been thinking about it? Find one person who believes that statement, and ask them why they believe it? If you can find one, ...anyone? Feel free to say you believe her.

    April 20, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Maryann

    Yeah, that's the ticket: Trump/Palin – 'You're Fired!"/"I Quit!"

    April 20, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Rsprings

    Palin isn't going to run...she is having to much fun speaking at events, selling books making money and irritating Democrats. Not to mention keeping thousand of reporters and bloggers busy. Why give all that up???

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    She wont sat whether she is running or not, cause she can continue to rake in the money from her crowd of racits people.

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Drod

    The picture you posted is so funny. She looks like she's rapping her speech.

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. George

    If Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman would team up and show a lot more skin, I would vote for them. Yeah, I like that.

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. dave

    Why does everything these people do either, "turn heads," or "raise eyebrows?" How about a new line?

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    It might be too early for Republicans but it is too late for Obama. He already proved he is not up to the job. As soon as he was elected, he jumped out there spending trillions of dollars with no checks or balances and none of it worked. Unemployment went up. The economy didn't turn around, the housing mess is still a mess but a more expensive mess for the American taxpayer and he hasn't made much progress in Afghanistan. Ditto for Libya. His motto of leaving leadership up to other people is playing out in Lybia like every other time.

    Republicans can wait until September 2012 to start campaigning and still win big.

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. EffortPA

    Of course it is too early. She needs to wait until her brain fully develops. It may take a long, long, time though. If it is even possible at all.

    April 20, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Mike

    You guys must all be pretty afraid of Palin to cut her down the way you do. It is a disgrace to call you Americans or even human beings the way you cut down a lady the way you do. Grow up!

    April 20, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Ernie

    The reason why Sarah Palin has made this statement is because she is out raising money. She know that if she does decide to run for President she is going to need a lot of money. There are not a lot of donors who are giving to Sarah Palin because they know that she has no chance to win the "Nomination". She won't even be asked to be a Vice Presidential running mate, because she's a liability not an asset. Her best bet is to stay a "power broker" she can make more money and have more influence on candidates who should be elected.

    April 20, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    It will be interesting to see which of the three stooges. Palin, Bachmann,Trump, say the most absurd outrageous things.

    April 20, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Please run Sarah! We need the comic relief!

    April 20, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    She won't run. She couldn't stand to lose to a black man again.

    April 20, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. mf

    She will never run for prez. the GOP candidates needs her to be their filthy mouth piece. what they hesitate to say they will ask her to use her filthy mouth to do it.

    April 20, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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