July 26th, 2009
11:42 AM ET
14 years ago

Axelrod: I'm not thinking about Palin's next move

WASHINGTON (CNN) – David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s most trusted political advisers, said Sunday that he does not spend time thinking about what Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might do next.

“I can tell you with absolutely honesty,” Axelrod said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “that when I sit around with my political friends . . . there’s very little or no discussion of Sarah Palin.”

“And I really have no idea what Gov. Palin is going to do,” the Obama aide told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “She’s entering private life now. We wish her well and it’s up to her to decide what role she’s going to play in the future. She’s got plenty of advice, I’m sure. She doesn’t need mine.”

After making a surprise announcement late last month that she would be stepping down, Palin is set to transfer power to her lieutenant governor on Sunday amid speculation that her bombshell move is intended to lay the groundwork for a White House run in 2012.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. The black spider

    Anybody with a fonctional brain as a politician will worry less about Sarah Palin as a rival.
    She can run for a senate seat in Texas which I beleive is the only place she can appeal to her sembable hillbilies and ignorant racist bigots.

    July 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. NadineCA

    David Axelrod is so cool. Palin's not a Gov. anymore, who cares what she does, she's a private citizen. Unless your her fan, I say let her fade into the background and out of the public eye. I for one will be happy when there are no more news stories that have the name Palin in them. Goodbye and Good luck.

    July 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    I have news for Axelrod and the rest of the Obama manipulators – Obama is a one term wonder with his approval ratings sinking by the day. He's media made.

    July 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. German,Irish American

    I am sure Axelrod doesn't have time to think about Palins' next move, he is to busy directing the media away from Obama's failures and falling poll numbers, not to mention Obama's inability to speak intelligently without his teleprompter. After the latest press conference where Obama was rambling nonsense that showed that he does not have a clue as to what is going on around him, he then chose to spew his racism into the last question. Axelrod then had to direct the media into something that Bush/Cheny "thought" about doing and Palin's falling poll numbers to direct the public's attention away from the incompetancy of Obama and the ever increasing evidence that he would rather divide the country rather than unite it.

    July 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. freeman

    It was announced yesterday Sarah Palin is going to write a book about her life. I hope she has enough crayons!

    July 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Linda

    How anyone with half a brain could believe Palin is smart. Are all Palin supporters hillbillies? Or just White trash.

    July 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Funny how the party of fear keeps saying every one else is afraid of Palin? I don't have her as a Governor and she doesn't get unlimited air time on the media I watch. So fearing her ignorrance and confused rehetoric doen't register. And I don't believe in the Repugs fear, so with Obama as Pres all is good!
    Hey and you narrow minded Repugs- don't forget "oggedy-boggedy-BOO!
    Scared you didn't I?!

    July 26, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. kgeukes

    If the news corps would stop talkin' about Palin the only ones thinkin' about her are her brain dead supporters who actually think she has a brain!! Stop talking about this half baked (or maybe full baked) Alaskan. Read the post from the Alaskan that doen't want her in power anymore. I have a friend who lives in Alaska that is willing to send her to the lower 48 and I politely declined telling her to keep her half baked Gov. She's a has been. Stop reporting on her and she will go away.

    July 26, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Mariann Pepitone

    James Jack: You are so right the democrats fear her and so does Axelrod but he doesn't want the public to know. She isn't lletting the left hand know what the right hand is doing.and she is right. The democrats will be all shook up .if she runs for the presidency. Palin is right, too much information to the media is not good. Surprise attack is better, I can't wait to find out if she is running in 2012. I like her and I will not vote democrat. I voted republicn.

    July 26, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Michael Carr

    If Sarah Palin had been inaugurated as President in January 2009 and had behaved as Barrak Obama has done in the last seven months, it would be taken as evidence of her ignorance and stupidity. To take one example, anybody who has taken the trouble to examine her career closely would know that she would never have abdicated formulation of a 'stimulus plan' to a congressional clique.

    July 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Gonzo in Houston

    I love Sarah Palin! I wouldn't vote for her for dogcatcher (moose-catcher?) but she's been the most entertaining character in politics that I've seen in years. And who knows? If she and her followers bolt for a third party it would give the GOP a chance to rebuild as a worthwhile party.

    July 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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