July 26th, 2009
11:42 AM ET
13 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. AB

    The only thing Palin wants is MONEY!

    She's broke – this is the only way to be flush again. Do it now or lose it forever.

    July 26, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Blue Dog Dem

    and I'm sure Governor Palin doesn't sit around thinking what David Axelrod will do next either.

    July 26, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. flexx

    Palin is a QUITTER!! and a complete illiterate!....GO AWAY & read a newspaper....

    July 26, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Karen

    CNN, you are wasting everyone's time reporting on this woman. I admit it's amusing to watch her on tv when she's wildly floundering for a coherent thought. But it's not news and it's not relevant.

    Which I guess puts it on a par with most of the stories on your homepage.

    July 26, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. VGal

    Why would they even ask him this question. Who really cares? What a ridiculous question to ask the president's aid.

    July 26, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Jason

    Just amazing to me that the Republicans actually see quitting halfway through a first term, which was marked primarily by campaigning, as paving the way to the presidency. Are these people kidding me??

    July 26, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Darryl Schmitz

    We have plenty of leftist and rightist anti-constitutionists in federal government now. The current executive and legislative branches are drowning in the former and the judicial branch, which is supposed to be non-partisan, is a cauldron of partisan politics. To look to Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Rudolph Giuliani or any of the other anti-constitutionist rightists would be trading one miserable mess for another.
    Until we look to principled people for somewhere other than the current neo-liberal, neo-conservative and moderate/populist camps we'll just keep digging our nation's grave deeper and deeper.

    July 26, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Suzan

    No we as Democrats do not sit around discussing Palins political moves .......we sit around laughing at the things she says and the way she says them....and all her funny and stupid remarks.....her incoherent interviews, that's what we sit around and talk about ......and how dumb the people that support her must be.........

    July 26, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    John King needs to find a job with the FOX Network.

    July 26, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Sean

    They love to put articles up about palin because we get all riles up about her. 60% of people hate her 30% love her and everybody else is in between. Im tired of paying attention to her so im not going to respond to these anymore.

    July 26, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. VGal

    After reading the posts... I have to say, anyone who actually criticizes Axelrod over what he says is so clearly biased they have lost sight of all normalcy and decency. He basically politely declines to answer the question at all. It was the right thing to do. He doesn't criticize her.

    People need to get some perspective here.

    July 26, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Neutralizer

    How can Axelrod know what is Palin's next move when she doesn't have a big mouth like Obambi who shoot it off like a looney. Obambi is done!

    July 26, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |

    Palin will continue to live in the minds of those that have trouble getting over the fact that a BLACK man is president. She seems to thrive in areas filled with HATE. Does not say much for the future

    July 26, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Unworthy News

    Every week I see a media who is driven by ratings then telling the story like it is. These questions are only asked to generate ratings for CNN not inform the public, that is why Jon Stewart comedy show is regarded as "trusted news". CNN has Lou Dobbs getting in the mud to promote his talk radio and compete with Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the Limbaughs of the "Right". CNN has taken a huge plunge into untrusted territory of Faux news and I have switched channels more and more these days because I'm sick of this. For now I'll watch Stewart for news because he doesn't give jerks like "Birthers' the platform to spew their propoganda.

    July 26, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. HONGLI


    July 26, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Ted Carlson

    Well, I am not a DEM or a REP. I wouldn't vote for Palin. However, I think that people like Letterman making endless jokes have gone too far. She has lots of talents and is a decent human being. I think that Obama and his advisers need to worry about whom OPRAH might put on her wish board next election season. We are finding the Obama's nice, but he acts like a 28 year old doing the best he can. He really doesn't know what he is doing and he is a sensitive person. However, the Cambridge police comment and it's involvement show he doesn't have the psychological dexterity needed to lead America. He is fun, refreshing, trying his best; but we need more than what OPRAH's wishboard can bring. I hope she doesn't put best friend Gayle as she choose our next President. Maybe Letterman needs to start making jokes about best friend Gayle now. In summary; Palin isn't a presidential contender, she can have strong talents in other politcal areas; however Letterman and the dedgregation have gone too far, and we need to look at a naive Obama and maybe make jokes about that.

    July 26, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Larry

    The fact that this woman was chosen as a GOP running mate shows how disjointed the Republican Party is.

    I'll be glad when she's not in the news all the time.

    Palin is an opportunist. She got what she wanted–book deals, talk circuits...she's even deserting her post that her people elected her to early to pursue her self-centered interests.

    Thank God McCain and Palin didn't make it to the White House.

    July 26, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Donna in Ohio

    Susan said they sit around laughing at how dumb people have to be to back Palin. I was thinking about how dumb people have to be to back Obama. What she says about Palin change the name to Obama and it goes for him also. We all have our opinions, Huh?

    July 26, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. txleadhead

    Axlerod hit the nail on the head. She's not a threat. Her brains wont fill a thimble. Her 15 minutes of Fame has used up 14:59 minutes allready. In 2012 it will be "Sarah Who".

    July 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Tek

    Palin is not important because she will never win a national election. Sure, she is very popular for the GOP but the fact is she is too polarizing and someone like her will never win a national election. She needs broad appeal and she needs to be well versed in national and world politics. These are things she is not. So she will always be one of the biggest stars in the GOP but forget about an actual national election win.

    July 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. bob

    As an independent I would never vote for Governor Palin. What I would do is vote any one currently in office out of office. The democrats have controlled the budget process now for 3 full years and look what they have done. This years budget increased the debt more then all the other presidents combined. These people should be arrested. They are NOT doing the peoples job anymore. What we need in office are fiscal conservatives and social moderates. Why would anyone under 30 ever vote for any of these idiots.

    July 26, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Sylvia

    Can you imagine Sarah Pain in the company of distinguished women who led their governments? Do you see her mixing easily with the lights of Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, or Angela Merkel? What an embarrassment she would be! I had hoped to see a woman President in my lifetime. I think she has set us back at least 25 years.

    July 26, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Dayahka

    She quit. That's all one needs to know. She quit. She's through. She'll make money, perhaps, with her book and a few speeches, but she clearly doesn't have the stamina or intelligence of someone like Rush Limbaugh to have any future in anything long term. Basically, she was a flash in the pan, someone of no substance.

    July 26, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Zach K

    Obama never even made one single attack against Sarah Palin.

    Palin, however, made several, even after losing the election.

    And now, who's the quitter? 😀

    Besides, 2012 is the LAST thing we need to focus on.

    July 26, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. SkiDoc

    You better believe the gangster-government libs don't sit around talking about Sarah Palin – she's their worst nightmare. Go Sarah!

    July 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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