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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  1. Liz

    Wow! that shows how qualified Mitt Romney is if he thinks Sarah Palin is qualified! between the two of them, if brains were leather, they couldn't saddle a flea! the country finally has an intelligent, capable, caring leader. no one in their right mind would vote to replace Obama with either of these clowns. but then no one these days is accusing republican'ts of being in their right minds.

    March 5, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. chill

    This guy will spout any kind of nonsense of the day to get elected. Puts in question his own credentials.

    March 5, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. exegete3000

    A statement like that goes a long way toward exposing the incompetency of Mr. Romney. That he'd vouch for her is very telling on how much of a willing puppet he is.

    March 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    He is just practicing respectful politics. Us Republicans are a little more respectful not like the Dems who blasted Obama during the primaries for not being ready then turned around and made him out to be the next messiah.

    March 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. zip

    Everyone warned the public that stupidity runs deep in the political arena That comment about Palin was like taking his gun and putting it to his head.Who would the even consider Romney now.If he were elected he would have Palin as Sec. of State.What an idiot.

    March 5, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Sara

    Let's see what tune Mr. "Magical Underwear" sings at the Republican Debates in 2011. Until then, I roll my eyes.

    March 5, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Romney: Palin is qualified to be President

    Well I am glad he cleared that up here I was tring to put into words a reason for never voting for Romeny he comes up with one of the best ones on his own.
    Thanks Mitt

    March 5, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. shelly

    I think Mitt is smart, with Palin running he may have a chance of winning the Republican nomination that's if no one else but Palin is running against him.

    March 5, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. this black liberal hates Obama

    All of you who are saying that Palin is Dumm and Stupid, well she must after all of you!

    March 5, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Felonious Monk

    Romney is best...
    Palin quit as mayor.
    Palin quit as governor.
    Palin incited riot and violence against their political rival. Does anyone in here remember republican rallies where "kill him," and "hang him" were shouted out. Nothing was ever, repeat ever, said to say to the crowd we don't do that here in America. May be they do threaten their opponents in the real america.

    This is at best a joke....down with republicanism/conservatism
    Up with miniskirts...

    March 5, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    She is more qualified by FAR than our current President..... who never held a job in the private sector and never had an executive job of any kind before the misguided masses elected him.

    March 5, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Jin

    Sounds like Mitt can see a weak opponent!!

    March 5, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Carmelle

    It must be so hard for Romney to be answering questions about Palin EVERY TIME he is in an interview.

    Be careful Romney, when she will have to endorse her or take her as VP...haha.

    March 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. this black liberal hates Obama

    Hey Bill in Austin, your Mother is the Biggest LOOSER!

    Look who she gave birth to!

    March 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Edna

    Iwould love to see Sarah Palin get the Republican nomination. Debate President Obama? It would be a fiasco, She would be totally embarrassed. Or the other side would claim that he took advantage of her. She is no match for President Obama. I heard that that idiot Glenn Beck said Palin was more intelligent than President Obama. Not on this planet. She is an embarrassment. And, no, I am not jealous of her. She has nothing that I desire. She is so pathetically dumb that she gives women a bad name. Governing is not an easy job and I fear that she would quit before her term was over.

    March 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Robert

    hmm...well, his credibility went out the door. sad. i actually thought he had some sense out of all the GOP candidates. guess ron paul is now the ONLY true conservative to beat.

    March 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. wbn

    Of course Palin is qualified–certainly more so than Obama was when he assumed office with no real life experience and no knowledge of balancing a budget. Blind and cruel bias is all that stirs hatred for such conservatives as Bush, Cheney, Palin, etc. It is a mean and narrow mind that cannot acknowledge the value of a political opponent. Clinton and Obama have positive qualities, even though I totally disagree with their politics; too bad others (including many conservatives) cannot be objective in today's America–an America that cannot last with such vitriol all around.

    March 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Mitt is a "loser". Where has he been? OMG!!! This guy is such a flake! He is not being honest....what does this tell you about his character and choices!! Lame brain!

    March 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Carmelle

    Chuck....that's pretty funny!

    March 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Sadie

    Here is the reason this man is not Presidential Material.......this alone shows he doesn't have good judgement, but then again he is doing what all Politicians do......Pandering.......he is saying this (Knowing all along Palin is not quailified and will not get enough votes to get the indorsement of her party and there isn't enough Tea Baggers to get her elected either) but if he says nice enough stuff about her he can win over the people that support her.......he is pandering.......because if he truly believes she is quailified then that just shows us that he sure as HELL ain't quailified.......

    March 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. roger

    If he truly believes she is qualified to be president, it obviously means he has no appreciation of either the importance, experience, knowledge or necessary intelligence required for the office. This also brings into question his qualification for the office!

    March 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Well, that puts Romney is the less than 30% camp, which makes sense: (a) over 70% think she's unqualified and (b) Romeny is slightly retarded from transdermal blood poisoning (all that Grecian Formula seeping thru his scalp into his brain blood).

    March 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Peter Zheutlin

    Mitt Romney just can't stop making an idiot of himself. Has anyone pandered and groveled harder to line up the support of the GOP's lunatic fringe? Mitt pushed for, and won, support here in Massachusetts for universal health care, a plan that bears a lot of similarity to the federal plan he now opposes. He was pro-choice when he ran for governor here, but has done a 180 on that, too. This guy is smart, but he's a cipher and if it would serve his ambition he'd walk down Fifth Avenue in a thong.

    March 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    Mitt has more thoughts then just her being qualified to be president. He is looking at it in clearly different view. What is this man thinking she cant even read a speech right, and has to write notes on her hands. She would have notes written over all the white house walls as what she had to do and say each day. She cant write a book she has to get someone to do it and then paste her name on the cover of it. They had to have artificail laughs when she was on the late night show. Beside if she sticks with Todd he would be the one running the US just like he was running the goverment for Sarah, when she was supposed to be the governer. Maybe he thinks Todd and Sarah will each go their separate ways and then he will have chance to get in there.

    March 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. jimmy

    ok romney i guess this shows where your brain is and you want to be president i think you just did yourself in..just because you have a lot of far right crazies supporting you doesnt qualify you to lead the most powerful nation in the world..give me a break pleez!

    March 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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