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.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
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  1. Frank

    Her answer makes complete sense from her perspective – which is making money.
    Palin understands clearly that her entire ability to earn money depends upon the air of possibility she may run for president.

    Were she to convincingly demonstrate "No way I'm running", the TV, books and speeches would very quickly evaporate and she might have to become one of those real Americans she mythologizes who actually have to work for a living.

    Palin can see the expiration date on her public enterprise: the final day of the Republican convention, when the nominee is chosen. In her mind that should be her coronation day and she has no choice but to milk every day between now and then.

    She cannot win the nomination by following the normal path. Ironically, rather than too early, she's dithered far too long and is too far behind in organization now. She will continue this tease knowing her only remote shot is a convention uprising.

    April 20, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. PR

    She won't announce becuase she would have to give up her big $$$ job at FAUX News.

    April 20, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. M

    Man I hope Palin and Donald both run. Actually I hope they get the nomination and run on the same ticket so they can be running mates. I mean it would be so funny that Saturday Night Live would have the highest ratings ever!

    April 20, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. runsarahrun

    Sarah PAIN-LINE thinks running for president is the same as a "BEAUTY CONTEST"

    April 20, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. jOHN

    I like reading the comics with my morning coffee...thank's CNN.

    April 20, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. LA, LA, LA

    It's Sarah Palin folks, everything she says is going to raise eyebrows. She is an Idiot and Americans just love that kind of people.

    April 20, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Madtown

    This is just all so funny!! $arah has no intention of running. Being Presidnet is too much work and she wouldn't make enough money. She's not announcing her intentions, because it's keeps the speculation alive, keeps her in the headlines, keeps her on tv, which insures that she'll continue to cash big checks for all her speaking engagements. It's simple, really. She's playing the media, and those people who support her, to be complete fools, and she's winking and laughing all the way to the bank.

    April 20, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Mike

    If these type of comments were made by our Black President, would you all be okay with it? I can't believe this type of talk doesn't piss all the ladies off. This is humiliating. Obviously if she didn't have a chance, you would give this article no attention. Keep showing your true colors. But tone down the attacks and respect every Americans right to run for office.

    April 20, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. EffortPA

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

    The woman is completely delusional. I really believe she should be admitted to a mental hospital. Time for a family intervention. There is something very wrong up there.

    April 20, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. sue

    She's going to wait till all the debates are over then jump in......cause she knows she can't do debates and stay up with the big dogs..........debates will give the media to much fuel to show her insanity, and lack of knowledge.....so she will continue to do as she has and try to stay out of the main stream media as long as possible.....she thinks this will keep the media and stratigists from scrutinizing her......and show the rest of her lame stream followers how really unqualifided she really is to hold any office, much less the President of the United States....because the rest of us already know how crazy she is.....

    April 20, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Where are her cajones!! Why won't she "run and fight like a girl" for the "True American Patriots" she panders to?? Why is she RETREATING and not RELOADING??

    April 20, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. SF

    It's too early for her because it would mean she'd have to cave to all the deal$ she's made with people dumb enuf to pay her!

    April 20, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Yep, too early by approximately 30 years of legitimate experience doing things that actually matter, 20 years of real education that actually stick in her empty dome and 20 years of letting America forget every stupid thing that's come out of her mouth. In other words, too late.

    April 20, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Geoffrey

    It's always about her, about her fat speaking fees. She knows that if she says she isn't, that's the end of the gravy train. You don't have to worry about her vapid policy statements, just look at her actions. She is making a mockery of the political process to line their own pockets. So is Donald Trump. How sad that people claim candidacy to promote reality TV.

    April 20, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Read This

    I infinitely hope President Obama wins re-election.

    But if a Republican wins (and of course not this imbecile) she will be gone. Once there's a Republican president what will she spew? There won't be an easy target anymore and we will finally be rid of her (and Bachmann's) stupidity and media will have to find some other hillbilly trash to promote.

    April 20, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. paul

    Sarah, you need to drop another "bombshell" as you are getting stale. The "lame street" media will be sure to cover it. My guess, you milk it for as long as you can and then say, "Well, I am needed in other areas"!!!!!!! Besides, you would lose the FOX check and that is easy money.

    April 20, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Kenny

    Palin, Trump and Bachmann are all running in a popularity contest and right now all three (3) are tied for last place. It's kind of hard to be tied for last place with two (2) other people when there are only three (3) people in the race but it easily done in a race with three (3) SUPER IDIOTS.

    April 20, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    I seriously believe she doesn't give anything much thought.

    April 20, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Keith

    BREAKING NEWS ALERT!! BREAKING NEWS ALERT!! Sarah Palin today again announced she hasn't decided yet whether to run for President. Stay tuned for breaking coverage.

    The dingaling is not running. She's nothing but a self-promoter who's increasingly looking like Britanny Spears and Lindsey Lohan. If she ever starts losing any press time, she'll probably make her kids do something illegal just so she can get it back again.

    April 20, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    Who cares anymore????.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZ....rolling over to sleep on my side.....NNNNNNNNNNNN......

    April 20, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Joey2009girl

    Still haven't figured out exactly what Ms. Palin has done to actually HELP any group or organization that she favors [except her family], which was her stated ambition/goal when she quit the Governor's job that she apparently hated. What, precisely, has she done, aside from making a lot of noise, promoting her children and then complaining that they are being picked on? Oh, and help the Democratic party? She's good at getting people riled up, I'll grant you that, but is that what and who we want in the President's office, dealing with world leaders and conflicts?

    April 20, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Bill

    "Uncoventional" is this woman's middle name.

    April 20, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Kenny

    RUN SARAH, RUN. Barack needs you to run. With the level of stupidity displayed by Palin, Trump and Bachmann, if they run, Obama can walk and win. I would love to call them the Three Stooges of Politics but that distinction has already been granted to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner and Flunkie Eric Cantor.

    April 20, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Joshua Ludd

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

    Yes. She has to wait long enough so she won't get bored and frustrated with the campaign and quit before it is over.

    April 20, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Bob Dog

    As long as Palin can continue to haul in HUGE speaking engagement fees from right wing wacko groups, its definitely too early to declare. Once she declares, it will be more difficult to rape the right wingers.

    "Run, Sarah, Run!!"

    April 20, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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