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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  1. harold

    Sarah Palin... what agencies do you want to cut in half or shut down?.. We know you and the Republicans want to do away with social security a socialist program as well as Medicare another socialist program.... Can you give us specifics on the cuts..? By the way you realize the last time Republicans balanced the budget was 1930.. see historynet.com.. ,and that was during the Great Depression... But of course you gave us a big Government soup line program back then.. Remember you history ....Sarah?..You would make a great canidate for the Republicans in 2012...

    February 7, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If Sarah Palin runs for President, she'll get scored by the GOP candidates long before she ever gets near Obama.

    February 7, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Tony

    CNN will never expose her on tv. All of them except Roland Martin are Repubs.

    February 7, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Hugh Betcha

    Mr Mittens in 2010? What is running for, justice of the peace?

    February 7, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. JOY

    u the MSM will be hold accountable for hyping this idiot woman. u guys hype her the whole of yesterday. because u guys are desperate for rating. let me clue u Guys in. Sarah palin have to write on her palm just to remember these words because they are so...... hard to remember . these are the words...... Energy
    Budget (crossed out....ooopsie)
    Tax cuts
    Lift American Spirits
    Those are some tough concepts right there! She needed to write them on her hand! Wait until she has to talk about Medvedev, Credit Default Swaps, counterinsurgency. pls can somebody ask her what are the rules of senate, cloture, fillibuster and Quorum. i betcha, if she know them, i have a bridge in Alaska to sell u.
    Talk to the HAND!
    Palm Readers unite! the new name for Sarah reading her palm is called PALMTELEPROMTE. U BATCHA.

    February 7, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    We need a federal government working to support the country and not a federal government working to support greedy politicians. We need someone like Sarah Palin who has a much better understanding of this than Obama. Obama has received everything on his wish list and still can't get anything to work like he said it would. Sarah Palin knows how to make government work.

    February 7, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Hugh Betcha

    Conservatives are not bright enough to seek the truth, when it can be told to them by Glenn Beck who has yet to let a fact get in his way.

    February 7, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. robin

    wow people you all say she lies and is dumb well give examples unlike obama i will put the heath care debate from gravel to gravel on tv hmmm still waiting, will close gitanimo in a year hmmmm still waiting and get off the Bush bashing hes gone play a new tune you democrates have been in charge in congress for 2 plus years and the presidency for a year and they still cant get anything done!!! Sarah is a young women with ambition, nothing wrong with that, and do you all think obama isnt in it for the money and power and fame like them all!!!

    February 7, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. j

    Sarah Palin running in 2012 would be the best thing for us patriotic Americans. The reason being it would completely destroy the republican party. Heres hoping!

    February 7, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. elana

    That's great news,Sara! Now if it is good for your family, that's fine, but I'm sorry to have to report to you it won't be good for our Country! However, throwing your hat into the ring should really be interesting. The Republicans will definitely eat each other up, and the Dems can look forward to a landslide.

    February 7, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Michael


    Hope she wins the nomination!

    Obama 2012 for sure!

    February 7, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Carmelle


    Ladies and Gents,

    Your next's POTUS' response to Rush Limbaugh about the use of the word 'retard':

    "They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh," she said, when read a quote of Limbaugh calling liberal groups "retards." "Rush Limbaugh was using satire ... . I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with 'f-ing retards,' and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there.""

    February 7, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. harold

    Sarah Palin for President in 2012... and for VP Rush Limpbauh......Sound good Republicans?.....I can see it now.. smaller government and less taxes...more freedom of course.. less spending by Government.. and Privatize social security and medicare.. and the War on Terror...... Cannot beat.... that ./....... can you?

    February 7, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Gil Oberdas

    Pathetic palin in 2012 LOL!

    February 7, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Annie

    Kudos! Sarah is the queen of hillbilly heaven! Her followers are so hypocritical. She bad mouths our President, even on foreign soil, and they cheer. A sad commentary, but at least they are showing everyone who they really are. Any intelligent, self-respecting American, much less human being should shake their heads and avoid them like the plague. How embarrassing for the rest of us to see this quitter thrive in such a contrived environment. It's reality TV at its worst.

    February 7, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    liking SP is not an issue,its when try to you convince yourself that she could actually RUN something to its fruition,that you actually have to overlook her credability.(thinks she is better AT running away from problems)who will the tea baggers blame if that ditz ever were to get elected?probably obama right?
    I mean lets be real,you got bush,but lets blame the next guy for not fixing his crap fast enough,so who you all going to jump when that ditz is a falure?
    should probably start that list now right?guaranteed it will be the ones you did;nt elect.RIGHT?I do believe that is how this is playing out

    February 7, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    Unfortunately, lipstick on a pig, is still a pig.

    I love thisline... dont know who made it...

    February 7, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. maf

    How can a Tea Partier be more "real" than me? Sarah's claims of the people who follow her as being. . . more American. . . more patriotic. . . now "more real" are divisive and exclusionary in nature.

    Rally the base Sarah, a base that was waiting to be lead by someone as vacuous as you. Thank goodness, they are such a small portion of the population.

    February 7, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Brian J

    Half term governors have sooooo much experience! She had better write on both her hands for upcoming political debates. 🙂 She references Reagan often. Hopefully she doesn't believe in Reaganomics, or tinkle down economics. That took us from being the largest creditor nation to the top debtor nation. The Bush presidents followed the same policy, with former VP Dick Cheney mentioning that deficits don't matter. Voting Republican to cut deficits fits Einstein's definition of insanity. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

    February 7, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Indy

    If the people that want her to run would do some homework they would realize she was a very poor Mayor that the public rallied against to have an appointed trustee approve everything she did. This was done because she ran Wasilla into debt and made some terrible decisions. From there she had a very short stint as Governor where again she was not qualified and had many surrounding her that made the big decisions. Then McCain was looking for a ceremonial VP to run an election he knew he could not win. We all seen she was a complete failure under pressure. Then someone wrote a book for her that blamed everyone but herself for McCains loss. Getting the picture yet, she does not have what it takes for politics. She ditched her sate and the people she pretended to fight for as soon as she smelled some money.By the time elections come her and her husband will be tied up in court for years. Why anyone thinks she has any chance is a waste of your time and energy.She has been found guilty of corruption and lies in every office she has held and could never stand up to a rwal vetting process.

    February 7, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. C. Rich

    First CNN covered the speech from Ms. Palin, which did not deserve any airtime at all but not the hate speeches of the previous two day.

    Second you analyze the speech with all your pundits after the speech Saturday night and all day today.

    During your pundit’s analysis and response the interviewer or the pundits never mentioned the hateful and racist speeches of the previous two days. Nor does anyone mention the “hand cheating” event.

    It seems CNN is trying to build the story of Ms. Palin (not governor when you quit) running for president THREE YEARS FROM NOW!

    Please CNN a least get the headline right “Future Presidential Candidate Caught Talking to the HAND.”

    February 7, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. sandy

    God save us from her.

    February 7, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Emma

    She would learn a lot just by running for Pres. Hopefully, she will begin to learn that she knows so little about the job. I cannot wait to see the GOP men who are running playing nice to her. Don't hold your breath
    Sarah. The "You betchas" and the winks will have limited mileage to empower you against the other GOP candidates.

    February 7, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. SC-Pub "no" more

    Maybe they will let you write on your feet during the debates.... My guess is, this is how she passed in college.
    Get a teleprompter, ink on hands isn't cool

    February 7, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Nancy G

    Sarah what a novel and "kooky" idea. You won't quit this time will you???

    February 7, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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