March 5th, 2010
03:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney: Palin is qualified to be President

Washington (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, considered to be a leading candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said Friday that he thinks potential GOP rival Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as president of the United States.

Romney, in an interview to air on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," cited her service as a local and then state official as well as her selection as the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008 as examples as to why she is qualified.

Blitzer, who was interviewing Romney about his new book "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," specifically asked whether Palin is qualified to be president. "I sure do," said Romney.

He added, "She's been a mayor, she's been a governor, she's been part of a presidential campaign, she's got a lot of support."

Palin, a virtual unknown until she was chosen by Sen. John McCain to be his running mate in 2008, came under fire from critics who charged she did not have enough experience to be vice president.

Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party nomination in 2008, was asked by Blitzer about running again for president, an idea he did not rule out.

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Jack

    What a joke – actually both Willard Romney and Silly Sarah are both idiots in waiting!

    March 5, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Acemon

    Nice of Mitt to tip his hand so quickly. Goodbye political chances and hello to history.

    March 5, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Cyrus

    Mitt: "Palin is qualified to be president"

    So is my one year old son.

    March 5, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. yen

    If Romney thinks S.Palin is qualified to be President then he should be her V.P.

    March 5, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. marcus (seattle)

    it's going to be VERY difficult to take romney serious as a candidate if he actually believes palin is a legitimate presidential candidate..

    March 5, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. MK in Arizona

    Also, with all that was probably said in that interview about Romney's ideas for strengthening our country why is this silly question the only thing we are talking about. How sad that this is what we have come to in our country instead of talking about serious issues and ideas.

    March 5, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. catmomtx

    Why are Republicans so intent on dumbing down America? And why can't they be honest with the American people? How much do you want to bet if Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney and any other Republican candidate meet for a debate, all of them will portray her as not qualified enough and a quitter.

    March 5, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Laurie

    OMG...maybe he is thinking of picking her if he gets the nomination. Yippie...dear Obama haters, I like the direction of the stock market since election, I like the direction of Afghanistan, unemployment numbers are improving, someone is talking about regulation again to save us from Wall Street, the world isn't bashing us because of ignorant policies, even health care might have promise....I may not support all of President Obama's actions but we are definately better off today than with President Bush. I shutter to think where we would be with all of the crises present on Jan. 20, 2009 with McCain/Palin.

    March 5, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. tarheel

    I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like her. She is actually a creation of the people who hate her. The far-left is a large part of her strength. I don' t think she is ready and may never be ready to be President but would still be forced to vote for her if the Democrats nominated someone like Pelosi, Reid, or Barney Frank. How, in a country with over 300 million people, are these some of the most powerful, influential people on Earth? Are they truly the best we have?

    March 5, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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