June 12th, 2009
01:11 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin tight-lipped on political future

(CNN) - Sarah Palin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday she's not ready to announce any decision on whether she will seek re-election as governor of Alaska in 2010 or seek the Republcian presidential nomination in 2012.

"I'm not definitely going to do anything yet," said the former Republican vice presidential candidate. "What I'm trying to get done for Alaska right now is to get that Alaska gas line built. We need those energy sources flowing through North America. That's what my focus is."

Pressed if she had made a decision privately about future plans, Palin said "No decision that I'd want to announce today."

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last week, Palin was effectively tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as the top pick by Republicans for the party's 2012 presidential nomination.

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soundoff (494 Responses)
  1. thetruthisoutthere

    why does palin fault Obama for his MidEast comments...we need to be friends with the Palestinians AND the Israelis if we are to ever have any influence in the region...a one-seded approach will not lead to the road to peace...

    June 12, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Brent

    How could anyone vote for someone so stupid? Didn't we learn anything from the dumbest President of all time, George W. Bush?

    June 12, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Mary the Democrat

    This Democrat and woman wishes her the best. I'm tired of seeing how so called Liberal/Democratic men continue to bash this woman.

    The latest attacks by David Letterman on her 14 year old girl were outrageous and this avid David Letterman watcher will no longer be watching his show. He has taken things to far.

    It is okay to support your political party but never at the expense of demeaning and attacking women and children.

    People like David Letterman, Chris Matthews and others who continue to attack and demean women are not true Democrats they are just a bunch of dried up sexists that need to go away and hide under the rock they crawled out of.

    The type of comments these men make are a slap in the face to real Democrats.

    June 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. HJA


    You sound more like the Satinist. I don't agree with Letterman but I disagree with you even more. You sure are no Christian.

    June 12, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Have fear Rev. Wright is here

    I would rather have her then the low down scum ball we have in office now..

    June 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. thetruthisoutthere

    NO i would not be happy with the joke if it were about my daughter – NO i would not flaunt my family in public for political purposes, you reap what you sow. With all respect, how can you take seriously an 18 year old unmarried girl with a baby who now is portrayed as an "expert" on abstinence – please....do as i say and not as i do fails miserably as a teaching tool...

    June 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Adelita

    Well – NOT a Palin fan, and I usually enjoy Letterman, but the kids should be off-limits, even an 18 year-old with a baby. This should also apply to the celebrity daycare in L.A. that's being besieged by paparazzi. Whatever we think of Sarah she's a mother and loves her kids; to paraphrase Jim Croce – "you don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, and you don't mess around with Mom!"

    June 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Carramea55


    What is wrong with you neocons? Again we do not fear Palin. Period. Mccain lost BECAUSE of PALIN are you Repubs that dumb. I have friends who voted Republican all their lives. They even had a picture of themselves and Laura and ex pres George W on their MANTle AND THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA........ because they could not see how Palin could ever be VP......... I am laughing now because you guys dont get we are not scared we are laughing ourselves silly over this dimwit broad

    June 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Zero.

    But! "What Lip's"...

    June 12, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. didi

    cnn, do not waste your time in interviewing this nonsense lady....she totally does not know what she says...ok...

    June 12, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. HJA

    What's the matter you liberal losers don't like somebody talking about your boy mobamy.

    Watch it! You'll give yourself away as a racist republinazi.

    June 12, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Ron L

    Sarah Palin may be a GOOD person, BUT no matter how hard she tries SHE JUST SOUNDS DUMB! Iknow that sounds harsh, and I say it with no malice. I felt the same way about President Bush, he really felt he was doing the right thing. But VERY often he wasn't knowledgeable enough to know he was making HUGE mistakes. Now the country and the world is suffering from his POOR leadership skills. The sooner Governor Palin totally concentrates on Alaska and gets out of the media..the better.

    June 12, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Archie

    Go get Letterman girl! He is a leftist who uses his supposed celeb status to denigrate people to advance the causes of the Democrat party! You scare him to death because they know you have "it" to unseat their current socialist power !

    June 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. pc

    Palin should go home and raise her family properly!!! YOU ARE PATHETIC!

    June 12, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Ron L

    Oooh.. one other thing. The Letterman joke was in bad taste. I am sure David DID NOT know that the 14 year old daughter was the one at the game. AND I am willing to bet, the writer who wrote the joke was told IF he ever made that type of mistake again he would be fired!! Having said that, an apology was issued..and we need to move on... there are MUCH MORE important things to discuss.

    June 12, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Frank Lawson

    Last November the American voters sent Sarah Palin a strong mandate to sit down and shut up. I, for one, wish that she would comply with the wishes of the people!

    June 12, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Kelby In Houston, TX

    This is the first sign of someone who is about to run for public office. They become silent about their future plans. I believe that Palin thinks she can win the GOP nomination and subsequently The Presidency. 🙂
    WoW! wOw! WOW! If she get's the nomination (and that is a real possibility) the GOP will shrink even further and the Dems will win more seats (if that's even possible by the time that election cycle rolls around)
    Palin is not good for the Republican Party

    June 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Marcus Tate

    I am sick to death of hearing about Sarah Palin and her family! This woman was NOBODY until a 70 year old moron tried to make her a Vice Presidential candidate. Now she is ALL we hear about!! CNN will not go one day without multiple stories about Sarah Palin and her family. CNN is sure doing all they can to keep her in the news, that's for sure.

    Sarah Palin is a JOKE. She is NOBODY. She should stay NOBODY, and all these STUPID stories about her should go away. PLEASE, CNN???? GIVE US A BREAK???

    June 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Chris D.

    Look right wing......yes Sarah Palin is accomplished....yes I admire that, yes she loves Jesus, so do I, however she is not polished enough to lead the USA!!!! Hilary Clinton is polished, Susan Eisenhower is polished........These are leaders!!! Palin is talented charismatic, however if you feel she's ready to lead the USA, I'm sorry that's kind of crazy......Even on Morning Joe this morning, republicans said she needs to go study, quit the yim yammering, talk and get ready for national politics if she's serious....Now I will admit her Blitzer interview was ok but she's just not ready....that's why the left pan her so much!!! Also b/c she was extremely devisive (and still is) on the campaign trail.

    June 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. barbara campbell

    The face of the rightwing extremist haters, is Palin really what the majority of Republicans want in a leader??

    June 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Joe in CA

    She tight lipped 'cause no one told her what to say yet. Not a brain cell in that head of hers.

    June 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Matt

    Yes the Liberal Hate is out in full force and CNN is once again stoking it. Hey CNN knock off the holier than though attitude that Fox News incited someone to kill Tiller when you allow some of the most messed up hate filled rants on your blogs and in your reporting.

    Liberals today are nothing but a bunch of closed minded biggots.

    June 12, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. R. Wood

    The vaunted Palin Pipeline will create lots of jobs in Canada and cost millions in U.S. tax dollars. Sounds great. With regard to Letterman, his joke about the daughter lacked class-just like the governor. She remains Witless from Wasilla.

    June 12, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. JonDie

    I can hardly wait to find out what Sarah will be...oh, Paris Hilton's being interviewed by Ellen right now Sorry, gotta go. Don't want to miss anything important about Paris.

    June 12, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Ed

    I personally did not vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin due to the fact that I didn't get a "warm and fuzzy" feeling from a stories that had come out about her husband Todd. I think I would have voted for McCain had Sarah Palin either been seperated, divorced or been married to someone else. Just would have been scared on what pressure he would have put on his wife, if she had to take over the presidency.

    June 12, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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