March 30th, 2009
08:05 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain: I'd like to see Palin compete for 2012 WH bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. McCain said Sunday that he'd like to see Gov. Palin compete - perhaps against a handful of other Republican governors - for the White House in 2012."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain said recently that votes he garnered last year were “mostly” votes for Sarah Palin. But he still is not ready to unequivocally back his former running mate for a 2012 White House bid should she choose to pursue one.

“I’d like to see her compete,” McCain said Sunday when asked by NBC’s David Gregory whether he would like to see the Alaska governor become president.

“I think we’ve got some very good candidates,” McCain said noting Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – all Republicans. “There’s a lot of good, fresh talent out there.”

McCain hedged a direct question on whether he would support Palin.

“I’d have to see who the candidates are and what the situation is at the time,” he said. “But have no doubt of my respect, admiration and love for Sarah and her family.”

The Arizona senator also offered his thoughts on how his party might find its way out of the political wilderness and recover from losses in the last two election cycles.

We have to become “the party of ideas, party of inclusiveness,” McCain said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press. “Outreach to other ethnic aspects of the American electorate; in my part of the country especially, Hispanic voters. We have to recruit and elect Hispanics to office. We have to welcome new ideas. … [A] lot of people complain about divisions within the Republican Party. That's good right now. Let's let a thousand flowers bloom. Let's have different clashes of ideas, sharing the same principles and goals.”

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  1. Kitty

    I think democrats are AFRAID of Gov. Palin!! She is a strong woman that is not going to allow anyone to tear down her strong honest morals. Most of all she is a Christian and will not be ashamed to own that. She will not be afraid to openly pray and call to Jesus to help her make decisions and I KNOW her belief in Christ will eat at all the demonic possessed democrats!!

    McCain I admire and supported you but I have lost a little bit of respect for you by not supporting Gov. Palin – you used her – you rode on her coat tails to see if you could win – shame on you!! The only reason you lost is because Obama was in bed with the media and spent an INSANE amount of money to beat you!! If he had not had that money – we would not be where we are today!! I am willing to bet the people that spent that kind of money on Obama wish they could get it back – they are probably without a job today!!!

    Palin 2012

    March 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. miller

    I love watching Plain (it's so funny) it would be Bush times 20

    March 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Justen in Florida

    If Obama and Co. are allowed to continue down the path they've started, we probably won't be having free elections in 2012 anyways.

    March 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Suni Grant

    I suppose you can call me some sort of weird alien, but while the world continues to use the malware ridden windows operating system. I alternatively use mac osx, while the world supports the previous administration despite them leaving us in devastated recession, I voted for Obama, a man of high intellectual properties and vision. When Obama leaves the white house, I will be leaving the united states to another country. I can no longer take the stupidity of Americans. I have had enough of the stupid do more with less policy of idiot corporate america, outsourcing jobs to 3rd world countries while our citizens starve and go homeless. I have had enough, if Palin/Jindal is our only other alternative, there is no reason for me to be in this country.

    March 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. jeff

    the american don't want palin they want to remain poor with obama running this country into the ground

    March 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Glenn

    Gee since the First Lady has worn sleeveless for he official picture, if Palin is elected will the FIRST DUDE wear a sleeveless T shirt for his potrait?

    Makes one think.

    March 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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