Palin blasts 2012 speculation but applauds...
August 23rd, 2011
08:21 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin blasts 2012 speculation but applauds...

(CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee pushed back on rumors she has made a decision about a run for the White House, but offered pointed praise to CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby for "setting the record straight."

A statement on the website of SarahPAC said predictions about her future are "intended to mislead the American people."

"These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the 'politics-as-usual' that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career," the Monday night post said.

Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, said Sunday that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was likely to run for president in the next election. Rove, who also co-founded the conservative political action committee, Crossroads GPS, cited her travel schedule and recent web video as evidence she will make a run for the White House. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer predicted "Palin is in" during an appearance on Fox News Monday.

CNN published a story from Hamby Monday that included Palin's recent comments from Iowa, saying "I doubt it" when asked if she would be ready to join the race by Labor Day.

"Kudos to CNN for setting the record straight and including Governor Palin's own words," the SarahPAC post said.

The statement comes after Palin visited Iowa on the same weekend as the high stakes Ames Straw Poll and ahead of her scheduled visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state September 3 to speak a tea party gathering.

Charlie Gruschow, co-founder of the Iowa-based Tea Party of America, who is sponsoring the September event, told CNN Palin's address will be longer than a typical stump speech.

"We were told a month ago that she will make a major statement at the event," Gruschow said. "Whether it be an announcement to run, not to run, or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates. That is what I am and was referring to."

– CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    As a Democrat, I'm hoping she jumps in. Nothing is more poison to Independent voters that this moron. 4 more years!

    August 23, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. Terry

    Why would this woman want to be president? SarahPAC is better than being a televangelist, or taking the Donald Trump Bankruptcy Course. Once she has millions stored up, SarahPAC will be her cash-cow for life. Rumor was, Sarah wanted to create the Palin Bank of Alaska, and file for TARP Funding. In the end, SarahPAC has proven to be more lucrative.

    August 23, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Inrealityhere

    It doesn't matter who wins. If this country doesn't turn back to the God it once revered we will continue the downward spiral. He is the only one who can turn things around. Separation of church and state? Of course. You can't force people to believe; it's up to each person, individually, to make that decision.

    August 23, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Ray from Bisbee, AZ

    Boy, this woman will bitch about any little thing just to grab a headline . . .

    August 23, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    She doesn't look healthy.
    Is she ill? Seriously, is she?

    August 23, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. luvsthe blues

    On June 28, 2011, on Fox and Friends, Bristol Palin said her mother had made a decision. Is Sarah now telling us that Bristol is a liar and that she is trying to mislead the American people??

    August 23, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Jeff Speer

    What is "Specuation"? It's in the title, but I've never heard of it.

    August 23, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. FM

    This woman should stop playing with peoples mind. She acts as if she is in for it but in a different way. Is she a woman for change?? To my my knowledge not at all. Either way, she should do it in a normal understandable way, or stop playing with peoples mind. We are in a serious situation and we need to deal with serious people only.

    August 23, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    This is the best evidence yet that Peter Hamby belongs at Fox News. Get rid of this clown!

    August 23, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Baked Alaska

    Sarah Palin abandoned the people of Alaska. She isn't qualified to clean bathrooms.

    August 23, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Indy

    As long as the Republicans keep sending in the clowns the economy will suffer. Just the thought of Palin,Bachmann or Cain becoming President is enough for people to be scared to death and take any investment in American companies and get it offshore until they are assured none of these whack jobs will ever be near the red phone. These people are making a mockery of the political system and they dont care if it hursts the country as long as they make money and have a camera in their face everyday.Who would ever invest in America if there was a President Palin, ridiculious !

    August 23, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Michael Padilla

    What does specuation mean?

    August 23, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Joe The Plumber

    She is showing us how indecisive she is – not exactly Presidential material. Gosh, lady make a decision!

    August 23, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Name king

    Lesson all these repugs governors who rails about jobs, look on what their doing to their states. They are firing folks left and right. Now the only revenues that small business have to depend on is private sector revenues. This is killing their businesses. These folks cannot get through their collective heads that demand runs America. The war these repugs are waging aginst the American consumers are stupendous, they are firing government workers cutting off small businesses most reliable revenues source. They are threatening to cut consumer spending money having consumers trying to save for that rainy day, which is starving small businesses revenue source compelling small businesses to lay folks off because they are seeing fewer and fewer customers walk through their doors. This country need to know we are a sales country now because most of the manufacturing jobs left for china. Without spending our country is doomed, think of America as a huge sales store, and ask your self why is the repugs waging war on our consumers.

    August 23, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. TomNPitt

    "...Intended to mislead the American people". She's mislead us for three years. Who is this crazy Broad? She can't really think she's presidential with all this dodging and weaving. I think alot of people call this waffling, or flip-flopping. I'm not sure what I'd call it. I've been mislead!!

    August 23, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    What's "specuation?"

    August 23, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    What a joke this woman is. She refudiates the report but couldn't ask for better publicity. Please run Sarah. You and everyone else in the field except Mittens are a gift to Obama

    As for InReality's comments......You are right about "You can't force people to believe" but the GOP sure wants you to follow their beliefs regardless of your leanings. THAT'S what is dangerous about them

    August 23, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Darrel

    Palin will not run for president because she knows there's no way she could win. However, she also knows that as soon as she says she isn't running she becomes totally irreverent. That's why she won't make an "official" decision until the very last second.

    August 23, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. AEK

    Once again I feel compelled to point out to Ms.Palin that if she actually does decide to run for President, she will have to answer questions from the media, the people, and other politicians in real time. That means no Facebook or Twitter responses a couple of days later after someone has had a chance to write them for her. It also means that there will be followup questions challenging her rehearsed talking point responses. Judging from her performance during her Vice Presidential bid, that will be very difficult for her. This will not affect the love affair her rather unusual base has with her, but will give pause to others as she reveals herself to be the shallow, undereducated person she really is.

    August 23, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    Folks the grizzly grifter has learned her lesson well from The Doodoo Donald. This is just noise helped by free publicity in an attempt to keep herself relevant.

    But does anyone really thing this sow is giving up that 1 million from Rupert that she uses to start the celebrity lives of her piglets to run for a job that pays about 60% less?

    If we know one true fact about Bailin' Palin, it is she is all over a dollar bill!

    August 23, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. ChrisM

    Run Sarah Run, we know the TP crazies will back you. Maybe you and Bachmann can team up. LOL Its time to get out the popcorn, this is going to be better than SNL. (saturday night live)

    August 23, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. PROUD, FEMALE DEM IN NC

    Will she or won't she..... blah blah blah. I pray she does run. We need a good laugh these days. Watching her and Perry scrambling for the Evangelical loonie vote. Will the debates be late night comedy? You betcha. Obama 2012

    August 23, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. barry

    What does Palin mean,"Intended to mislead the American People???? Thats all she,s done the past 3 years!! God, Please help, "Get this women out of the Media,and American Politics!!! If I hear that screechy voice of hers,it brings on a headache! Thank God for TV Remotes???

    August 23, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. PhillyPhil

    This is simple everyone. Palin is unelectable. Period. And the R's know it. They will NEVER nominate her as they know that she would lose against anyone. More serious Republican candidate(s) will emerge.

    August 23, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. Geoz

    Life is kind of difficult for me right now, and I could use a little more humor. Please SP, get in the race. You are hilarious.

    August 23, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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