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. Levi

    oh politics....

    March 5, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Mike

    Well then that means Pee Wee Herman is qualified

    March 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. CHIPS


    March 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. elcrabo

    Mitt just disqualified himself as a serious candidate for the Republican ticket in 2012.

    March 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Bruce

    There goes his credibility...not that he had much to begin with.

    March 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. bamboozer

    Mitt disqualifies self in surprise outburst of insanity.

    March 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Lynn

    At one time I considered voting for Romney, thinking he had good sense and a level head. No more, he's nothing but another hopeful who thinks Palin just might be stupid enough to run and pick him for VP.

    March 5, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    President of what? The Wasilla coloring book club.

    March 5, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. billp

    There goes any respect I had for Romney. He's too smart to really believe that Palin is qualified to be President, so this is political pandering of the most cynical sort. He wants the votes of the people who love Palin.

    March 5, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Mr. Mittens is as senile as John McCain. No wonder he endorsed the big flip flopper.

    March 5, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. nardofree va.

    no wonder the guy on the plane took a swing atcha! stop being silly with the Palin is qualified to president jazz !

    March 5, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Dave

    If Romney believes that Palin is qualified, then I've got to say that Romney ISN'T qualified. The entire Republican party has jumped the barracuda with this Palin thing. I simply cannot take a party seriously when they find someone like Palin to be a viable – and even desirable – candidate. The only thing they really like about her is her religious beliefs, because she has nothing else. I guess it's true... the Republicans really are turning into a theocratic party.

    March 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. shooter

    A loser endorses another loser.

    March 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. elcrabo

    With one short sentence Mitt just disqualified himself as a serious candidate for the Repubs in 2012

    March 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. forty

    And that is the opinion of a multimillion dollar Mormon! She is as qualified as anyone with a two year journalism degree. Can do fairly well when everything is scripted. Thinking on her feet is another thing. Can you see sending this dingbat into negotiations with other world leaders? She has already stated she would bomb Iran, and cut government. Two wars unfinished, another with the biggest Persian nation in the world, (with an air force close to ours). And cut the deficit? She needs to share some of that Alaskan herb she is smoking.

    Romney is nothing but a kid that has had a silver spoon in his mouth, all of his life... He hasn't a clue on the struggles of average folks.

    March 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Gobama

    A lot of Americans are qualified to be president, all of them just don't have the opportunities politicians do to campaign for the job! Besides, it doesn't mean that every one who is qualified is itelligent enough to handle the task did you ever get every single job you were qualified for?

    Seriously!...take a look at the previous administration. This country couldn't withstand another idiot...especially one that quits in the middle of a term.

    March 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Repugnants are Taliban

    Romney has just shown he is as stupid as McCain, oh, what was I saying, he has to go a long ways to even get as smart as McCain, perhaps smarter than a first grader.

    March 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Bill in Austin

    Let's see, we have one loser trying to prop up another loser. Palin was a mayor of a small town and then a short time governor of a state that has a small population. Did I mention that she quit and didn't fulfill her term? Getting selected by a desperate John McCain to be VP does not improve her bona fides and make her qualified to be President. It just magnified McCain's lack of judgement. Maybe Romney is just smitten like a lot of those older conservative white guys who think that she is winking at them?

    March 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Fed Up

    I think a Romney-Palin ticket may make it.

    March 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Reality Chick

    And there, Folks, is everything you need to know about Mitt Romney's judgment and discernment. Period.

    March 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. JD from Moraga, CA

    aahhh, selective memory...Mitt fails to recount that as mayor, SP left her town with millions in new debt, and that as governor she quit before her term was finished. Hardly qualities desirable in the POTUS.

    March 5, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Hey Mitt, "W" was a governor, too – or have you forgotten?!

    March 5, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Wake Up

    If Barack Obama can be president...anyone can. Anyone will be an improvement over this trainwreck of a presidency. It's scary having a president who hates america.

    March 5, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Papasan in AZ

    Please tell me you got that statement on tape!

    March 5, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. fmjk

    Having been selected as the VP candidate suddenly makes you qualified to be President? Even if you weren't qualified to be VP?

    March 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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