Palin lays out reasons not to run
September 28th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin lays out reasons not to run

Washington (CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who's been mulling a presidential bid, gave a rare glimpse into her thought process Tuesday night, outlining why a desk in the Oval Office may be too "shackling" of a position.

"Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country?" Palin said on Fox News. "That's the biggest contemplation piece in my process."

With visits to key early voting states this summer, as well as regular commentary on the 2012 campaign, Palin has had the political world guessing whether the former GOP vice presidential candidate will run for president.

While she hasn't given a firm timetable for making her decision, she has repeatedly said there is still time and room for another candidate to jump into the race.

"There is also, though, the belief that I have had since I started in public office 20 years ago: You don't need a title to make a difference," Palin said, adding that a candidate on the campaign trail is constantly tied to the expectations of donors and pundits.

She said the demands of a campaign can prohibit "the freedom that one needs to really make a difference in influence and begin some aggressive debate that is needed."

Should she decide to launch a run for the White House, however, Palin said she's confident she would win.

"I wouldn't have gone this far in my thinking about whether to run or not had I not had the confidence to believe that Americans are ready for someone out of the box," Palin said.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Irrma in North Carolina

    She gives hints why she wont run, but she is to chicken to come right out and say it. This way she can get more money out of her tea party racist supporters. Cant believe the guy up above created a person like this. But he will know how to deal with her in the end and that day is getting closer for Sarah.

    September 28, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. josmit

    Palin will not run.

    September 28, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. B

    Still can’t get away from her.. What is that the media finds so interesting?

    She is an obsolete joke and a duffuss.
    .

    September 28, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Seems money trumps service to the country. The lucrative speaking tour is just too good for Palin to give up.

    September 28, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I know the answer. Have her push support for Ron Paul to get the Presidential nomination and she can be HIS veep candidate, too! That way, if they win, when Paul goes to that great Libertarian Convention in the sky (after all, he is older than Reagan was), then she can be our President and undo everything every President since Teddy Roosevelt has accomplished! Their campaign slogan can be "Drill, Baby! Drill!"

    September 28, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. LovesIrony

    yeah, having to do something is harder than complaining.

    September 28, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. al in memphis

    John McCain should be made to watch everyone of her speeches. Over and over and over again until he get an appreciations for what he unleached on our busy schedule.
    Senator, there were other ways to get your name in the history book instead of the comic books.

    September 28, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. AntiFringe

    "gave a rare glimpse into her thought process Tuesday night...."

    That line must have been inserted to throw us off. She has no thought..........thus no thought process.

    September 28, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Kevin in Atlanta

    Why would she run and give up that million dollar paycheck she's banking from Fox? She's dumb, but she ain't THAT dumb...

    September 28, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. MorePalin

    Can't get enough of this twit. The more we hear from her, the dumber she sounds. Her distractors are laughing. Her backers.....well they should be backing away. More Palin, please.

    September 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. What!!?!

    We need a Palinese translator here...........

    September 28, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Palin: You are a COWARD!

    September 28, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. NC

    The democrats, liberals, and socialists must be afraid, very afraid. Their obama guy is losing control and they can't stand it. They are spewing hate and false information about the Republican Presidential candidates and Sarah Palin so much that it tells me they are very nervous about a huge loss coming for obama in 2012. Life will be better when a Republican is in the White House. ;)

    September 28, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Alex in Wisconsin

    Reasons for Sarah Palin to run, so that she can make more money off her supporters and start catching up to McCain in terms of the number of houses owned. Thats the only reason she's even thinking about it. Let me help. Sarah, you aren't going to run because it would jeopardize your multimillion dollar contract with Fake News.....er Fox News. Besides, word on the street says you are getting run out of Alaska by the folks you betrayed when you quit on them. Surely you don't want that story getting more media attention. Surely you don't want Tine Fey to continue to write your legacy for you. Surely you don't want your family subjected to more media scrutiny.... although Bristol is making 6 figures without a degree from being the poster child of regrettable teen pregnancy. I don't know what poster child you will turn Willow into but it's clear what you want your youngest to be a poster child for. But still, the benefits don't balance the negative impact of you running for president so keep your day job and be a good friend and hook Bachmann up with the same gig.

    September 28, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    @ AlaskaPalin.......

    You want to talk about HATE? I guess you haven't listened to any of the GOP debates then and that is coming fronm a right wing audience. Your people don't even have the GUTS to defend a US solider overseas risking his life for his country. The best one could come up with was he didn't hear it. Yes there is nasty things said on BOTH sides but you're the pot calling the kettle black here.

    September 28, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. MiddleOfTheRoad

    The headliners on Fox just have to cringe everytime they here from this "contributor". Yep. I'm laughing at you Fox News.

    September 28, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. billy

    The biggest reason is because it's hard work and Sarah doesn't like to work hard.

    September 28, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Can you imagine an international translator trying to get a handle on what her word salad contans?

    ha ha ha ha ha

    September 28, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. diridi

    She is stupid lady....Because of her, CNN is making money...i guess...

    September 28, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. rs

    Well, all that PLUS she's nuts.

    September 28, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Robert

    She'll run... but unlike John above me, I say she'll announce somewhere in mid-December... Think about it: She's touring around on PAC money without being the campaigner. She can still spout her rhetoric on Fox News and not have to give competing time to other candidates. She has all these months to build up funds, but can campaign where she pleases, not where the next debate will be held. She doesn't have to debate, meaning she can answer things one way today, change it tomorrow, change it again the day after, and he fans keep yelling for her.

    She's running down the clock until a few other stragglers have been forced to shut down, and waiting until then so we all know Mitt and Perry's positions, this way she can make hers sound better to the base. All in all, a great strategy. I wonder who thought it up for her...

    September 28, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Expat American

    If Palin ever decides to stop barking like a whipped little dog and actually run……she may get a few votes from the cross-burnin’ Tea Toilet and fabricated Conservative Christ Nazis; but a racist, ignorant, uneducated and unintelligent pseudo-patriotic religious zealot will never be President; because as time goes by, the people listed above who make up her entire base are fast becoming an insignificant minority in the United States. In other words, red state poor white trash began to go out of style beginning in 2008.

    Better days are soon to come…and thank you once again, John McCain.

    September 28, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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