Sarah Palin has the ‘fire in my belly’ for prez run
May 20th, 2011
10:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Sarah Palin has the ‘fire in my belly’ for prez run

(CNN) – Sarah Palin has given few indications in recent weeks she is still actively considering a presidential run, but the former Alaska governor said Thursday she has the “fire in my belly” to mount a bid for the White House.

Appearing on Fox News, where she serves as a contributor, Palin did not rule out the possibility that she could jump into the still-undefined Republican presidential field, though offered few specifics on where she is in her thought process.

"I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly," said Palin. "I'm so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012."

The comments come after two once-potential presidential hopefuls – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – announced they were forgoing a presidential run because their inner yearning for the job was not strong enough to endure an 18 month campaign.

Not so when it comes to Sarah Palin. Rather, for her, the decision comes down to a series of “practical” concerns.

"It's a matter for me for some practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made," Palin added, saying she is concerned about public scrutiny of members of her family.

"It's a matter for me for some practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made," she said. “One is, with a large family, understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and the sacrifices that have to be made on my children’s part in order to see their mama run for president.

"But yeah, the fire in my belly, it’s there. That’s kind of my problem - it’s such a roaring fire to preserve what is good about America," she added.


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  1. blake

    Sarah, you are not electable. Please don't be a divisive and distracting factor in the pursuit of an electable conservative candidate to oppose Obama. Get your ego and personal ambitions in check. Do what is best for the country.

    May 20, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. JDH

    I wonder if she realizes that the criticism she gets now which she whines about and says "isn't fair," is nothing compared to the kind of scrutiny she would be under as president. How laughable would it be if she got elected and resigned after two years like in Alaska ha. If you can't stand the heat Sarah stay out of the kitchen!

    May 20, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    She still works for Fox News.....and so does Mike Huckabee. End of story.

    May 20, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. bertha59

    So, Sarah, you "...want to make sure that America is put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012." Our President Obama is leading on the right track. You should stay up there in Alaska and quit spouting your mouth off about things you have no expertise in.

    I would also like to remind you that most US citizens do not share your values...

    May 20, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Just Saying...

    A big problem for former Governor Palin is that the America for which a fire burns in her belly is not the America the rest of us want to live in. It is an imaginary land that never did exist. Sarah Palin would not like to live in the real America, the one where religious conservatives don't get to use the power of government to force non-believers to live in accordance with the dictates of a religion they don't profess. Sarah Palin's America is a lot closer to the Ayatollahs' Iran than it is to my America.

    May 20, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. bandgeek1

    Let's hope she runs. She'd only serve 2 years and quit anyway.

    May 20, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Madtown

    Well, she does have some sparkling foreign policy credentials. She was in the Middle East for a few days recently, where she got some wonderful photo-ops. That counts, right?

    May 20, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. DON'T YOU HAVE ANOTHER REALITY SHOW TO FILM??

    I'm sorry but I just have to laugh................Really Sarah? I bet she's pitching a new reality show...

    May 20, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. bandgeek1

    She's the only person who can make Gingrich look reasonable.

    May 20, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. twiddly

    Run, Sarah, run!
    We need more Tina Fey SNL skits!

    May 20, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. LovesIrony

    She is toying with her folks again. She is not going to run. Though I would love to see the number of people that would refudiate her

    May 20, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The fire may be in her belly, but I want someone with brains in her or his head. Palin doesn't seem to understand that you need to be more than an ideologue like George W. Bush was.

    May 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Granny Sarah Grizzly....you live in a fantasy world...and even there people are laughing and pointing at you!

    May 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It ain't the "fire" Palin, it's those darn economic and deficit figures that sent her away because she is so limited and now she's trying to slip through by just talking street thug trash. Palin left the spotlight, Bachmann did stayed right in there with the boys talking about the deficit and economy. She did a little international travel to beef up her resume but hasn't done anything to beef up knowledge on economics, deficit, the Constitution or the English language. A debate with Palin will be the biggest comedy show in town as she tries to avoid questions and starts talking trash.

    May 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. GSMITH

    Sarah Palin for President in 2012. It can happen.

    May 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Realistic

    Flying off the handle in times of crisis is dangerous, demagoguery towards other nations and people brings hostility and possible conflicts which we do not need. Palin lacks the sensibility to understand strength comes not from defaming those who one disagrees with but strength comes prowess & intellect which Palin lacks. Solving The issues we face as a nation comes from understanding of the issues before us not from talking point memo put together by political pundits.

    May 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. jeff, alabama

    Palin is our next President.

    May 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. maine liberal

    This is news "where she is in her thought process" she can think ?

    May 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. chuck

    Jesus, when will this insanity end. Gee i think I'll run too....

    May 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, fire in the belly, and nothing extraordinary upstairs, aside from an unusual amount of greed, pettiness, and malice. As far as her beliefs and statements are concern, a quote about Warren Harding applies ver well to Palin: " An army of words swarming over the landscape in search of an idea".

    May 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. funkymonkey

    That fire in your belly is all the anger, bile and negativity you are constantly spewing. I really hope you do run though, the three ring circus could always use another clown.

    May 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. maine liberal

    A debate with Palin will be the biggest comedy show in town as she tries to avoid questions and starts talking trash.
    she will need 10 more hands to jot things down

    May 20, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. mona19595

    My guess is she is doing all of this so she has something to put in her next book. Really Sara we have all had enough of you PLEASE for the love of GOD go back to Alaska and stay there!!!

    May 20, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Peter

    Thought process? This woman has a thought process? If she had a thought process, she would keep her mouth shut and go back to Alaska.

    May 20, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Michael in Houston

    There is not a single person living in America who is more unqualified and inappropriate for the Presidency then Palin. She thinks this is all a self publicity game. We can joke and make mockery of her but there is a seriousness here that needs to be considered strongly. She is dangerous, this isnt a game, this isnt funny. The republican party should tell her in no uncertain terms whatsoever that she can take her game somewhere else and that she will not receive not a single dime from the republican party coffers to support her malicious game at gaining attention.

    May 20, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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