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. Tired

    She QUIT as governor! How would she ever hold up under the pressures of the White House? This is not a matter of party or other political affiliation...she is an opportunist who is preaching anarchy. We have elections every 4 years we don't need to hear about "revolution". The people spoke in 2008 and they will do so again in 2012. If they are unhappy with the status quo we will have a change. It seems some people want to negate the election of 2008 and pretend it did not happen. Well it did and we have to respect that the people have spoken.

    February 7, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Joyce

    If Palin runs for president, I would have to vote democratic regardless of who the democratic candidate is.

    February 7, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. doug

    To think that this woman is seen as by some as a viable candidate for what is arguably the most important job in the world makes me fear for the fate of our republic. "Shallow" and "Self-serving" would be compliments when describing Ms. Pailin's capacities. God help us and our nation-the patients have taken control of the asylum.

    February 7, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Suzy

    I am an ultraconservative Reagan republican but this woman is an uncouth idiot. Not interested in Sarah Palin at all. She was a poor choice for McCain who himself was a poor choice for a candidate,imo. She represents a faction of the population who still reads dimestore romance novels, drives 15 year old rehabbed minivans and eats Hamburger Helper on a good night. No one really powerful really likes Sarah. She needs to hightail it back to Wasilla in a hurry.....ick.

    February 7, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. C from middle GA

    Please run. We all need to laugh. By the way – you looked great reading crib notes off your hand. I hadn't thought of doing that since I was in 4th grade...

    February 7, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Susie

    She won't be able to live with the pay cut and her inability to earn speaking fees. And I thought she and her brood just loved Alaska so much that they couldn't bear to live down here with the unreal Americans.

    February 7, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Mickey

    Sarah Qwitter is just like George Bush...dumb as a rock. These TeaBaggers are real moonbats to suggest that this pig in lipstick can be president;

    February 7, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. cad

    Sarah Palin will remain a driving force and spokesperson for the grassroots of America no matter what she chooses to do. She will not got away. She is taken seriously by all the media and those who do not embrace her are threatened by her.

    February 7, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Patricia Dickson

    the people who vote for Palin is just as stupid as Palin give me a break Palin need to stay home and watch her other daughter for sure the People who follow Palin needs God in their lives they dont have no patience no faith, they get up in the moring and they dont pray or seek God for a clear path in which to take that why they are looking to man not God because they dont know him they dont have a relationship with the most HighGod so they are confuse and listen to grabage and follow after other gods the they become a lost soul or a vessel for satan.

    February 7, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. TJNYC

    Palin is proof that this country has a very hateful core. Using Christian to describe her is insulting to any real Christian. She is a nightmare.

    February 7, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Allen

    Please run. I'm fine with 8 years of Obama. Although I'm not convinced you'd last more than a year or two before you quit.

    February 7, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. agila

    Maybe we should think about Sarah some more. After all, it has been a long time since we had someone in high office that could skin and dress out a moose.

    February 7, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. infidel

    Sarah Palin as President of the USA? Isn't that a 4 year job?

    February 7, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Will someone make her go away. She would be a detriment for the republicans as she always puts her foot in mouth, but this would be a plus for the democrats. Personally I'm tired of hearing about her!!

    February 7, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Susie

    I have read a lot of comments about her, and the one thing I do not get from liberal bloggers is :fear. No one on this Earth is afraid of Palin. We are annoyed by her lies, stupified by her inability to even know what she doesn't know, and amazed that she can call herself a great parent when she either leaves her kids for weeks at a time, or worse, pulls them out of school. We know she doesn't value education, but couldn't she pretend? The only Palin with enough sense to run for office again will be Piper, and that is 30 years away. Her lies are too many to even bother listing, and still the right adores their pretend Christian Barbie doll. What will happen when she is 50 and not so perky? What will happen, please God, when she is finally arrested for some misdeed she can't blame the media or Democrats for? Will she go away then? Pretty please!

    February 7, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Someone who cares

    Mrs. Palin :

    We the American people are really tired of you. We didn't want you in the last election, and REALLY wish you would just go back to Alaska and disappear.

    February 7, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. james

    Bring it on Sarah the QUITER. The job get hard and you cant get your way you will do what you do best, QUIT,

    Sarah did YOU forget your telapromter at your little party in Nashville, because you used your hand like an uneducated 12 year old from the Crack capital of Alasaka.

    You are far from a role model...lets see here..YOU get knocked up before you were married...then you have a daughter that you tought NO SEX before marrige, get knocked up. Then you lie about facts.

    Sarah, run please, because we will for sure win again!

    February 7, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. airborne

    she is so dumb

    February 7, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Educatedwoman

    It is so funny to read all the negatism here about Sarah Palin but anywhere else America speaks highly of her and flock to see her. I don't think I would vote for her as a candidate for president but I like her. She is strong and hasn't back down from her detractors. She may not know all the answers but put in a job she will do her best. I'm reminded of a situation when I was interviewing for LDO/CWO and was told I wouldn't make a good officer because I hadn't been to sea (women weren't detail to sea during that decade). Well, guess what, I did become an officer and a darn good one too. And, didn't have that sea duty when I got selected. I like to think it's karma..what's goes around will come around. Work hard and smart, Sarah!

    February 7, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sarah the Divider will never be POTUS. Never!!!!

    February 7, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Susie

    I went on the Faux Noise site to see what her fans were saying...I could barely read the posts...no sentences, no capital letters, no punctuation, poor spelling. If these are her followers, I think Tancredo is making a big mistake calling for a literacy test before voting. None of her Tea Bag followers will pass!

    February 7, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. RDavis

    If this country is dumb enough to listen to, let alone, ELECT a woman like her, I don't want to live in this country anymore. She goes against everything this country stands for and was founded on. And, she sounds like an uneducated hick. Oh wait, she is.

    February 7, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. polly

    We need an American-Pioneer-At-Heart in the White House who cares about restoring and protecting the strength and security of our country so that the immigrants who built this land and the soldiers who've fought haven't done so in vain.

    February 7, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. acourtney

    The only reason she keeps saying she might run is to stay in the limelight and continue to draw large amounts of money and get even greedier than she already is. She is not smart enough to be a President and she knows it. That is why she allowed "First Dude" to run Alaska and let her be Gov in name only. Come on people, smarten up......

    February 7, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. karkri

    Go Palin 2012! THAT would ensure an Obama 2nd term!

    February 7, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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