May 10th, 2009
01:34 PM ET
13 years ago

I don't think Palin is the future of the GOP, Republican says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bill Bennett, a Republican, and Donna Brazile, a Democrat, expressed very different views Sunday about who might be good candidates to represent the Republican Party in the public's mind."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Prominent Republican Bill Bennett took issue Sunday with what he called the “media’s focus” on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Asked about the Republican Party’s increasingly public struggle to define itself and identify new leaders after eight years of the George W. Bush administration, Bennett said the press should be less myopic in its coverage of the GOP.

“One of the things the media could do – some of the media – is to move the debate off Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh,” Bennett, a CNN Contributor, said on State of the Union. “This is probably not the future of the Republican Party,” added Bennett.

“You don’t think Gov. Palin’s the future of the Republican Party?” queried CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

“I do not,” said Bennett. “It could talk about a Paul Ryan or a Mike Pence. It could talk about a Bobby Jindal. It could talk even about a John Kyl or a David Petraeus. You know, there’s a lot of talent in this party.”

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile has her own ideas about who the GOP might look to, to help find its way out of the political wilderness.

“They’re having an internal discussion about what kind of a party would it like to be in the 21st century,” Brazile told King.

“I ran into Meghan McCain last night. And I have to tell you, Bill, she’s refreshing, she’s honest and she’s a face that could really help them galvanize young people and independents.”

The young McCain also had kind words for the Democratic strategist and former campaign manager for Al Gore.

Brazile “said she would kick some *ss for me if anyone attacks my weight again,” Meghan McCain tweeted Saturday night while attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington. “Who doesn't love her?,” the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain rhetorically asked the Twitterverse.

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Donnygull

    "Palin is a solid leader with real morals. Liberals are scared to death of her. She is pretty, a great mom, hard working, pro life and conservative. Hard enough to find morals anywhere in the Liberal party. The liberals would much prefer a Godless society."- Jim.

    Jim are you talking about the same Sarah Palin that the rest of us are aware of? Shes not pretty. In fact judging by her pics from the pageant that she won, I would hate to see the other contestants. Great mom? Sure just look at her "welfare mom" daughter. I'm amazed that you can write let alone read with statements like that. Finally I would much prefer a "godless" society where science and people are treated with respect and love instead of an imaginary friend that conveniently forgives all wrong on a death bed. Wake up and grow up.

    May 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. John

    The Democrat reaction to Palin is proof positive that she is the choice for Republicans.

    May 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. ynot4tony2

    yen said: "I am not a republican but I can easily vote for Meghan McCain. She makes sense to me. It is not the brand name that matters,it is what she stands for."

    So, you stand against abortion, for our war in Iraq, for lower taxes?

    Or are you just all gushy because a McCain criticized a Republican? I've stepped in mud puddles that were less shallow...

    May 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Sam Hossain

    I think GOP is addicted to sleeping pills. They need to quit this addiction before even thinking to wake up.For GOP , it's a long way to go.They need to take their outdated idelogy to the museum.

    May 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. What the.....

    @ John May 10th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

    Have you watched, listened to, or read the news lately? The taliban is still a great threat in Afghanistan, as is AlQueda in many parts of the world. I would bet that even most republicans will disagree with your statement.

    And no, I'm not a democrat, I'm an independant, actually voted for Bush in 2000.

    May 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Gregg S

    The Republican Party needs to find a leader who is more attractive to the middle. Too many, highly visible Republicans cater to the far right of the party which is downright scary to most Americans. Republicans have become the party that wants less government interference... unless it has to do with moral and religious mandates. If you want to keep the independent & middle of the road Republican votes, get off your high horse and do what you say... get out of our lives! Here is some food for thought:

    1. pro-life or pro-choice, let us live with the moral consequences & let us choose what is right for our situations. Enough already!
    2. stop catering to the positions of the NRA & the Christian Coalition (support of divisive groups such as these creates big dilemmas for most Americans when we cast our ballots)
    3. stop subsidizing big oil and support development of green alternatives (reliance on foreign oil is killing us... literally)
    4. Palin cannot be the Republican candidate for the White House (she may have charisma, but she has limited credibility is not capable of leading this country)

    November 19, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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