February 7th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin says 2012 presidential bid a possibility

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/07/art.palincu0207.gi.jpg caption="'I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in an interview that aired Sunday."]
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she would consider a run for president in 2012 if the situation was right for her family and the nation.

In an interview recorded Saturday and broadcast on "FOX News Sunday," Palin said she would run "if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family."

"I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," Palin said, later adding: "I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."

The interview was recorded before her keynote address Saturday night at what was billed as the first national Tea Party convention. Palin, who had little national profile before running unsuccessfully for vice president on Sen. John McCain's Republican ticket in 2008, remains a leading GOP draw and an unofficial symbol of the Tea Party movement of conservative discontent with government.

The convention, which concluded with a dinner and Palin speech that cost more than $500 per ticket, was intended to begin transforming the Tea Party movement into a political force capable of influencing elections, organizers said.

"It's so inspiring to see real people - not politicos, inside-the-beltway professionals - come out, stand up and speak out for common sense conservative principles," Palin said in her speech to a crowd that gave her repeated standing ovations.

Calling the Tea Party movement a "ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way they're doing business," Palin said "America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this."

In the interview with Fox, Palin said she believed President Barack Obama would lose a re-election bid in 2012 if he fails to change the policies followed so far in just over a year in office.

If Obama "continues on the path that he has American on today," Palin said, "he's not going to win.

"That's what a lot of Americans are telling him today, and he's not listening," Palin said. "Instead, he's telling everybody else, 'Listen up and I'll tell you the way it is.' Well, we have a representative form of government in our democracy. And we want him and we want Congress to listen to what the things are that we are saying."

In her speech, Palin cited the upset victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy as evidence of the popular discontent over Obama's policies.

She called on the administration to take note of the election results, saying "you better stop lecturing and start listening."

"The Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda will leave us less secure, more in debt and under the thumb of big government," Palin said in reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Many of those attending the convention at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center said they are big Palin supporters.

Pam Silleman, a 52-year-old small business owner and Tea Party activist who traveled to the convention from California's Napa Valley, called Palin "the Tea Party's inspiration."

Asked if Palin should make a bid for the White House, Silleman said, "I would like to see her in a higher office but I don't know that she'll do it. I wouldn't want her to be hurt that bad."

Fremont Brown, a supporter who had "Palin 2012" bumper stickers with him, said Palin is "the right person."

"She has fervent heart and she's conservative," added the 59-year-old Brown, who owns a small business in North Carolina. "She was the only one truly qualified with executive experience of the four who ran in 2008. The others were glorified lobbyists."

But Palin's experience has frequently been called into question, most recently in a book that chronicles the 2008 campaign. "Game Change" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann largely portrays the then-vice presidential candidate as wholly unprepared for the national stage and poorly versed in a range of pressing issues.

Palin has called the book "a bunch of BS from [McCain campaign manager Steve] Schmidt and those guys," Palin said. "It's pretty made up."

In the Fox interview, Palin said she receives daily e-mails from experts on topical issues that have helped become "more astute" than she was during the 2008 election campaign.

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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. MishaJohn

    Run Sarah run!!! Please!!! President Obama will give you the drubbing you so richly deserve!

    February 7, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. legalchic

    Did she read that statement off her hand too? Please, Sarah, KEEP talking.

    February 7, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    MORE LIES.... every move she makes is to position herself for the presidency.

    This delusional moron would be the end of our country.

    February 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. one voice

    Learning to speak properly should be the first step.

    February 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Boy can you believe this women getting daily emails on issues, the one who writes notes on her hand so she can't forget her answers to the questions in the Q & A section, she should have those memorized since she got them before hand. This women is a piece of work, she doesn't pay taxes and she defrauded the state of Alaska winning to become governer when in fact her husband was running the state she should be investigated for election fraud, if she runs for 2012 her own party will eat her alive

    February 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. mommaJ

    This woman is truly out of her mind.

    February 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. liz

    it's terrifying that there are people walking around loose who actually believe this woman is presidential material. What makes anyone think she'd last any longer than, or evan as long as, she lasted as governor of Alaska. Has this country not been damaged enough during the Bush regime? Do these folks want to drive the last nail in its coffin? Stupid people can't run countries. Bush proved that by running America into a ditch. Obama's trying his best to pull it out while Sarah and the tea party crazies are doing their darndest to stop him. What bizarro universe do these folks live in?

    February 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Chad

    I think the dog pound would be in trouble if she ran for dog catcher.

    February 7, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    Democrats rejoice... with this idiot splitting the wing-nut vote, victory is assured.

    February 7, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Jacob

    does she realize it could be hard work?
    she is just ridiculous and it is such a sad commentary on the uneducated in this country!

    February 7, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Redeye Dog

    I'm not as interested in whether Palin will run for president as I am interested in who might surround her in a Palin presidency.

    Very much looking forward restoring government to work in meaningful ways, for the people and by the people.

    Tea, anyone?.

    February 7, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. csh

    Go ahead GOP – make our day!

    Nominate this nitwit and Pres. Obama serves four more years!

    February 7, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Jayden,FL

    Yawn.. like if we already didnt know this.. shes on fixed news for one reason only and thats to help her gain support from the teabaggers type to launch her presidential bid.

    February 7, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Crazy Harry

    Palin can help our country become one of bigotry, racism and xenophobia. Unfortunately, there are a group of people in this country that will support this evil and clueless women.

    February 7, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Wmscot

    And you thought she would never go back into it ! Ha ha what a predictible decision from a individual that would be, at best, another puppet for the republican base.

    February 7, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. A viewer

    Never mind "God Bless America" Better change it to "God Help America"

    February 7, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. jimmartincpa

    Go for it Sarah. Someone who acknowledges that we are a Christian nation is the first step to getting out of the hole that keeps getting bigger!

    February 7, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. rchnpdx

    Let her go for it. It's time to get her out of our life.

    February 7, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Debby

    She can be more useful in the Senate or Congress to help the American people.

    February 7, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. pt

    What in the world is wrong with Americans? Why would anyone want a leader of this great nation that doesn't know anything? We already had one for eight years. Perhaps we have a real underlying need to fail.

    February 7, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. CBH

    I wonder if she can get the GOP bid for president. I really hope so, because that will guarantee a 2nd term for President Obama.

    February 7, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. indel

    $500 a ticket. So much for a Grass Roots movement or a Tea Party organization. And why are those guys claiming the paternity of TP? The move was agains both Democrats and Republicans' greed and incompetency. Now, the NFC guys (New Fat Cats) are trying to lounch a faded new star.

    February 7, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. BadOne

    She is never called out by the major media for her utterly contemptible transgressions, low-level acting abilities, or total failure in even being able to defend the very basic of scripted talking points. Then, finally, based on the latter “objectivity,” she is able to run for the highest office on a platform to "Lift American Spirits” – fulfilling the greatest Mockumentary our country has ever been subject to

    February 7, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. FlaPat

    In the story she is quoted as saying the O'Bama's agenda will leave us "less secure, more in debt, and under the thumb of big government". That is opposed to the previous 8 years of the Republican agenda that allowed 9/11, saw the deficit explode upward from a beginning surplus, passed an unpaid-for prescription drug program for seniors, 2 unpaid-for wars (resulting in thousands of American & allied deaths). An economy that encouraged big companies to move jobs offshore, a casino atmosphere on wall street that left us on the brink of a second great depression. Unemployment sky rocketing thru 2008, as the DOW plummented by record amounts, American's hard earned retirement savings devastated in the process.

    February 7, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. John Mahoney

    Sarah Palin would be a great presidential candidate for the Republican party! Maybe John McCain can do as much for Sarah in 2012 as she did for him in the last election.

    February 7, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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