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. Janice in OK

    Sarah Palin – the gift that keeps right on giving – to the Democrats!
    Obama '12

    February 7, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Martha Hussein Baker

    Mrs. Palin can't even manage her own family. How could she possibly run this country?

    CNN, stop giving this nutjob a platform. A convention of 600? More people attend Oregon's annual Square Dancing convention...!

    February 7, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Mitchell from MS

    Ok I am an independant conservative and would NEVER NEVER vote for this woman!

    She makes me sick! I thought she was great at first but when she quit as Governor of Ak to give speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars she showed her real person. She is no different that any other elitest in DC.

    If the GOP runs her they will lose for sure....unless Obama continues to go against the will of the vast majority of the American people for the next 3 years. We will see after November

    February 7, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. adods

    On behalf of every democrat in America, I would like to say "RUN. BABY RUN!"

    February 7, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Enitan

    It will be a complete waste of my very hard earn tax money.

    Palin is not qualified by any measure. Africa is still and will always be a continent.

    Remember that??????

    February 7, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. MsDp

    To all Americans, please let us prove to this new divisive, hate filled group (all of them) that we will not allow this movement to take us back 100 years. We, as a nation, have come to far to go back now. Please stay focused and think for your self. Watch CSPAN (1,2&3) to become truly informed regarding facts and actions of your senators and representatives. Please, what ever you do, do not rely on FOX News (aka FALSE NEWS) to get factual information; however, if you enjoy FICTIONS, then FOX News (aka FALSE NEWS) is a pretty good station:) And please don't forget to VOTE when it is time to VOTE in order to Help DESTROY HATRED AND DIVISION FOR EVER!!!!

    February 7, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Sam Smith

    Dear Sarah,

    please, please run! Run, Sahra, run! It _ist_ the right thing to do for the country. Because if you run for president not only the job will STAY with Mr. Obama, your ineptitude will also deliver House, Senate and WH for YEARS, even DECADES to come to the Dems, giving them time and power to fix all the problems generated by your party!

    February 7, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Michael

    I donot trust Republicans on national security or with this economy!Republicans almost bankrupted this country and left it in ruins! Looks like most Americans has short term memory or memory loss due to the shock and awe of 9/11, Banking, Wall street, Auto, Mortgage, and Healthcare crisis, The continuing shock is, GWB exploded our debt to over 8 trillion dollars, because he did not pay for, 2 Wars, Tax Cuts, Child healthcare and disability programs. He caused President Obama to inherit 1.3 trillion Dollar yearly deficit! THEY DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ON DIPLOMACY, WAR ON TERROR, OR HOW TO INTERROGATE PRISONERS WITHOUT USING TORTURE! THE ALL HAVE A MENTALITY OF SHOOTING FIRST, THEN ASK QUESTIONS LATER!

    February 7, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Run Sarah run.

    See Sarah run.

    See Sarah quit.

    See Sarah fail.

    Palin/Bachmann 2012!

    February 7, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. BR

    Yes Palin, bring it on baby. I can not wait for your nomination and a slam dunk for Obama's 2nd term. And after that you will have to come to your tea parties to enjoy.

    I pray to god for Palin nomination. Let's see what a looser Governator is going to proove.

    Obama forever!!!!

    February 7, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Bill from CA

    As a Democrat, I will definitely be donating to her campaign. If this ditz manages to win the GOP nomination, Obama will win by a bigger margin than he did in 2008. That being said, I don't think she'll run. She seems to enjoy milking all the speaking fees, endorsement and book deals, etc. too much. She'll just keep alluding to 'maybe' she'll run in 2012 to keep her relevant as long as possible, and far longer than she should be.

    February 7, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. freda

    SAD! SAD! SAD! What's worse is the fact that she has some followers and the media giving her unwanted attention. Leave the woman alone so she can leave us alone. I would not want her to be my alderman or precinct captain. President? No way is she capable even if she had to read from her hands. I wonder if she's getting this Media attention because they just like making a fool of her and those tea baggers.

    February 7, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. JonDie

    I think that it would be absurd to think that Sarah Palin, who wouldn't for single round on "Are You Smarter Than a Five-grader" without using her cheat, save and her peek, thinks she could be president. But perhaps God has finally decided to destroy America for its sins.

    February 7, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Center left-out

    Let's see. She couldn't take the heat as governor, but can handle being President! That's a joke!

    February 7, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Mrs. S Callahan

    No way!

    February 7, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Get Real

    Sarah, please do not run. We got enough idiots in charge right now that are ruining this country.

    February 7, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Perusing-through

    Dear CNN,

    I did not read the contents of this article but I am confident my response is more relevant than this article. Here are my reasons:

    (1.) – Hypocritical & Idiotic Sarah Palin cannot possibly have anything intelligent and genuinely authentic to say, because this Airhead is dumb. When you state as she did that your foreign policy experience is based on the proximity of your state Alaska to Russia, than nothing else you say should be considered credible.

    (2.) – When Stupid & Clueless Sarah Palin cannot guess why there is a separate North Korea and South Korea, than nothing else she say in the political arena should be considered credible.

    (3.) – When Airhead Palin admits that she is a "pit-bull with lipstick", than nothing else from this lipstick wearing Chihuahua is to be considered credible.


    February 7, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. CHIPS

    Look like somebody is going to need BO & Tox soon. LOL!

    February 7, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. David

    But Palin is an idiot and is so far to the right it verges on fascism, under Bush the repubs already moved much of the uneducated and uninformed in the country to be against an entire race/religion, please don't let these extremist morons push their corrupt agenda further.

    February 7, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. JR

    With all the due respect, it was more like a high school girl than a high level politician.
    However, I do believe that she had some important and good advises for President Obama:
    1) She said that 92% of Wall-Street people who have destroyed our economy have kept their job instead of to be punished. I really agree with her. I am even confused that President Obama has been pushing very hard to protect those people's job.
    2) She said that President Obama has spent a year only lecturing people instead of leading as the first boss. I agree with her. I think President Obama needs to that he only has 3 years left, so no time to waste lecturing his enemies.
    3) During her interview, she said that has a president, she would care very less about bipartisanship if it doesn't help her to reach her agenda. She is very right.
    4) As a president, she would care less about the media irrelevant talking , if it doesn't help her. She is very right.
    In fact, President Obama needs to take those remarks very seriously.

    February 7, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Helena

    as my kids would say OMG! We want her to run so she can make a fool of herself again. Persons that resign from governing a state don't get to become President of the United States!

    February 7, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. CitizenJP

    Does Palin have the acumen to run the most powerful nation on the face of the world? If she could not manage the smallest existing government in the US and had to quit in the midway, has she proven herself to run for the top office of the nation? Discounting the foreign policy matters, as she has proven herself to be completely ignorant of them, does she have enough schooling and brain power to understand what economy means and how it works? Or does she think she can fool most of America for some of the time with her book of lies and moose hunting cruelty?

    February 7, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    That is great! There is nothing that could hurt the Republicans more.

    February 7, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Kate

    Go HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I can and can not believe that CNN stated that Palin is head of the Tea Party. What in the world can CNN do to show just how bought off they are? Geez it's SO obvious to the educated person that the federal government/ bought news media has to put a central person(face) on thier enemy. CNN... You peole need to realize that most inform/educated americans understand that YOU are a bought and paid for news org. How does it feel to you all that think you are reporting the news(or to you all that really know) that you are prostitutes bought and paid for. Geez what happened to your intigerty did you really think that when you where in college that you would make a difference in this way? What in the world would your mom or dad say about you at this point not to mention your grand parents. We the American People WILL win out and your jobs will be NO MORE.

    February 7, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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