Bristol Palin optimistic about mom's 2012 run
July 15th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Bristol Palin optimistic about mom's 2012 run

(CNN) – Bristol Palin talked politics with Jay Leno Thursday, saying Sarah Palin's mid-term resignation as Alaska governor won't hurt her chances of running for president.

The 20-year-old said her mom stepped down in 2009 in response to a surge of lawsuits.

"It was just costing the state tons of money and us personally tons of money, and she just wasn't able to do her job with those lawsuits being filed," Bristol said.

Leno, however, pointed out that lawsuits against governors are "part of the job" in state politics.

"Not to the magnitude that she was getting," Bristol said. "She just wanted to put her state first."

The former Alaska governor was the subject of multiple ethics complaints, including an investigation that her staff allegedly pressured a public official to fire a state trooper who had been through a messy divorce with Palin's sister.

When Palin resigned in July 2009, she said she had already decided against running for re-election and felt that her time as a lame-duck governor would be wasteful for the state.

In another media appearance, Bristol told HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky in an hour long special to air this coming Thursday that she "definitely" agrees her mom could win.

"I think she's so smart, and I think she can debate anyone and do very well," Bristol said.

When asked if Bristol hopes her mom doesn't make it to the White House–given the added media attention–Bristol said, "no."

"I think that people are going to be talking about my family and her and everyone else, uh, no matter what we're doing," Bristol said.

This summer Palin has visited crucial voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, but she has yet to announce a decision on whether she'll join the 10-member field of GOP presidential hopefuls.

But, according to Palin, Bristol has already weighed in on her mom's 2012 decision.

"I think Bristol has made up her mind, and Bristol wants me to run for president," Palin said in a recent interview with Newsweek. "But we're still thinking about it. I'm still thinking about it."


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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Linda A, Tx

    I guess by definition, stupid people think we're all the same, and therefore, the rest of us stupid people will embrace such an idiotic excuse. Making resigning sound like an honorable thing to do? Putting the state first? Give me a break!

    July 15, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. ChodaRagu

    As soon as Sara announces that she isn't running for President, its game over. She'll be irrelevant at that point, and just a joke if she tries it in 2016. The best she can hope for now is she that she’ll have enough pull in the electorate, that the Republican candidate promises her a job in their cabinet, IF they win the presidency. Unless appointed, she’ll never win another elected office again, and I think she knows that.

    July 15, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Me 2

    The whole Palin family are psychos. For that matter, so are most of the right wing. Look at Bachman's husband, and all of the right wing gay bashers that turned out to be gay themselves. It looks like they all came from abusive pasts, and hold out standards that they cannot live up to themselves.

    July 15, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Billy Davis

    Cry baby. She couldn't handle the lawsuits How the heck does she think she can handle being POTUS when you are always dealing with crisis. I know she would quit.

    July 15, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. roscoe

    This girl is a chip off the Sarah block. She wants to be in the spotlight all the time. She's in WAY over her head when she starts trying to talk about adult issues. Remember, not too long ago, there were Youtube videos of her smoking weed and drinking before she had her virginity "stolen". The press ought to do her a favor and refuse to report on anything she says. She makes her mother look worse than she already does.

    July 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. TJ

    Your kidding right? She's on Leno because she's younger/hotter than Sarah and unlike her mother she can actually discuss some topics without making a fool of herself.

    July 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. CEL1

    yeah, right, Bristol, and someone stole your virginity. hey, if this family would face the facts instead of trying to fabricate responses, they wouldn't look like a bunch of paranoids..................

    July 15, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Kudos CNN...you figured out that if your goal is to find out what's at the bottom of the tabloid quicksand, the quickest way to get there is to flail erratically at every dollop of drivel you can possible sensationalize. Could you let us know what Batboy thinks about the presidential race too? We'll be waiting with baited breath.

    July 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    I don't think she will run at all.

    July 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Holda Johnson

    Jay Leno, the enabler

    July 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Dennis

    When God called for brains, the Palins thought S/He said "rain" and ran for cover.

    July 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. marc

    Bristol, you are as ignorant and delusional as your mother granny grizzly is. You would do best at 20 yrs. old to go back and get your GED and get yourself a job and take care of that child of yours and stay out of things that you don't have the maturity, intellect, to know anything about life and this world and how to run a country. Another thing too, we don't like quitters in this country, and that was a gutless lame excuse that you give for your mommy.

    July 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. BeReasonable

    She is even dumber than her mom. It runs in the family I guess.

    July 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. johnmenacherjr

    Who cares and where are the JOBS!??? We need revenue business sector with the Bush tax cuts well??

    July 15, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Linda

    My supervisor loves Sarah Palin! She actually thinks this woman is the best thing to happen to the Republican party! This from a so called intelligent woman who has a college degree. But then again my supervisors' degree is in theater. Makes sense right?!

    July 15, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Ron

    This girl is about as stupid as her mom. And she wouldn't even be relevant if it weren't for her mom. Get to some real news.

    July 15, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Flint Rock

    Daughter is like Mother which means they are both not wired right. We're talking genetics here. To keep America
    safe Levi should take their child, do a name change and move to Argentina.

    July 15, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. ted

    Please run Sarah. Please. I want so much to see you, you brainless idiot, go toe to toe with President Barack Obama in a debate and watch you get your butt kicked all over the place because you know absolutely nothing, have no clue as to what it takes to be president, how smart you need to be, how politically correct you need to be, and have absolutely no resolutions or ideas how to deal with the problems of the present and future.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Joe

    She does not want to toss her hat in the ring yet for fear of being run down like D Trump. Bachmann M. has more mojo, backbone than Palin.

    July 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Stephen in VA

    @Palin Power: THANK YOU! The laugh I got from your post was awesome. I'm not sure whether you're being sarcastic or delusional; hope it's the first! Regardless, thank you.

    July 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Bob from Pittburgh

    I guess jay leno has hit rock bottom, no interesting people wants to be on his show, so he has to call on trailer trash to have a spin, I always though jerry Springer had that gig..

    July 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. klangster

    Palin Power .............what a pathetic joke this little liar claims to be a "professional" role model while exploiting her child for fame and cash and claiming abstinence. She destroys her face at 18 years old now she looks like the ugly snookie kardshian. Is that what young girls should do, have unprotected sex and become teen mothers then 2 years later white a book claiming their baby is a rape baby just to make little extra cash to pay for horrible plastic surgery? Go away SKANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Bessy

    I guess she was on Leno to promote her new reality show. Amazing to me, is the fact that there will actually be people glued to the set watching her nonsence. Idiots like " Palin Power " who always try to " stir up " bloggers on this site. Of course, when their IQ is considered, we then know why they say the things they do and believe the things they believe.

    July 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Aezel

    "Sarah Palin's mid-term resignation as Alaska governor won't hurt her chances of running for president."

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!........ahem. Let me get control of myself.............LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

    July 15, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. maine liberal

    she left to make TONS of money

    July 15, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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