April 21st, 2010
05:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin on 2012: 'If it's right, then we will pursue that'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/09/art.palin.nrlc.jpg caption="Sarah Palin discussed the possibility of a presidential run in an interview with a Canadian television show."](CNN) - Sarah Palin continues to leave the door to a White House run wide open.

In an interview with "100 Huntley Street," a daily Christian talk show based in Ontario, the former Alaska governor said she "doesn't know politically what is next for me."

But Palin said she will "pursue" a presidential bid in 2012 if she decides it's the best way to help everyday people with their challenges.

The former vice presidential candidate has generally avoided talking specifically about her 2012 plans, but her comments in Canada are her most forthcoming since she told Fox News in February that it would be "absurd" not to consider a presidential bid.

Palin said she and her family have had an "exciting and full ride" since the 2008 presidential campaign ended. Her travels around the country over the last year and a half, she explained, have given her a glimpse of some of the struggles that regular Americans face every day.

"If I can help provide some encouragement, some inspiration, some hope for them to get through their battles and make good decisions and get through a challenge, because that's what we've been able to do, then I am going to stay focused on that," she said in the interview, set to air next week. "Whether that's on a local level in my own little town of Wasilla, or in the Oval Office, if it's right, then we will pursue that."

Palin said her next move depends, in part, on what God has in store for her.

"I do believe that it is a wise thing for us to put our lives in our Creator's hands," she said. "I put my life into God's hands and say, I'm going to do the best that I can every day to bring positive change to people that perhaps need some help. Need opportunity, too."

"That's what I'm going to do, day to day, not necessarily knowing what will bring to my family, to my country, to my life, in the next year, two years, three years down the road," she added.

Palin sat for the interview last week during a visit to Ontario, where she appeared at a charity event.

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soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. steven harnack

    In other words, If her supporters start to lose interest when they figure out that she is just scamming them for money, she will have to at least make an effort to justify them sending even more loot to her. Until then it will be enough to just keep teasing them along.

    April 21, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Like a good prostitute, Palin will be around for as long as she can make money. Once she starts losing her looks and the ability to say, "You betcha!" with a wink, she'll be gone.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    April 21, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    She means (check the notes on her hand) if she is well paid ... she will do anything ... as long as it's far, far right!

    The GOP will use Palin to stir the base & fund raise but no way are her high heels getting anywhere near the real power is: Wonder if the republican men would be so excited if she were plain-looking? Put her words in a black man's mouth ... and then observe the reaction?

    April 21, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The time will never be right for you to run for president. You've been exposed as an idiot, and the voters already rejected you.

    April 21, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. jdaron23

    She should just stay in Canada. We'd all be better off.

    April 21, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    I keep reading comments by frequent CNN poster "Doug" about the rumor that a woman wearing a Palin pin was beaten in New Orleans recently, and that Democratic protesters (and the Obama Administration, of course) were behind it.

    To set the record straight, both Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Michelle Malkin – not exactly two of the strongest Democratic Party supporters – have both confirmed that not only was the woman who was beaten NOT wearing a Palin pin, she was not attacked by protesters. The cause of the attack is under an ongoing investigation.

    Please folks, do a little research before you post – we get enough lies from the GOP and Fox, thank you very much!

    April 21, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. pam

    wow! she needs to know that she won't be able to run away from questions anymore

    April 21, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Laurie

    If there is a God, he will stop this creature from pursuing riches and fame

    April 21, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that there is no part of ego involved in this at all, is there? I guess if she were president, she might encourage kids to go with their feelings and not go to school if they felt like it. She certainly doesn't inspire great leaps in intellectual growth.

    April 21, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    Obviously it's the Dems fondest dream that somehow Palin again manages to get onto the 2012 Rep. ticket.

    With the overwhelming majority of swing voters believing she is unqualified to hold national office her chances of carrying a national election are next to nill.

    If she can avoid any serious interviews outside of Fox they might just get their wish???

    April 21, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. TCM

    liberals may as well wrap their pea-sized brain around it; Palin, if not president, will be in the presidential administration after the 2012 elections. the liberal-loon left has shown the country what it can do when in control; record unemployment, record deficits, alienating our allies, increasing racial tensions, and pandering to minorities who simply don't want to work and want to continue to ride the democratic gravy train. Thank God the majority of the country's not like that, and it will prevail in 2012, with Obama leaving in shame, as appropriate, and the liberal loons in congress leaving in 2010. Conservativism, from both sides, will regain control of the country and repair the damage this bunch of incompetent anti-Americans have done...

    April 21, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. idesign

    *****Sarah Rules*****

    April 21, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    PLEASE PLEASE RUN. PLEASE WIN THE NOMINATION. Nothing would make an Obama re-election easier than this dimwit sitting across the room from him in a debate or any other forum.

    April 21, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. B Lewis in Austin

    Please let her run and win the Republican Primary in 2012. During the 3 presidential debates, President Obama would show the public exactly what she is lacking. There would be no "gee whiz", "shout out", or " wink, wink" moments. It would be like a kindergartner dueling with a college professor-no disrespect to the kindergartner.

    April 21, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. idesign

    And the Palin army marches on, gathering recruits along the way..........

    April 21, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Rahm

    2012? - that's easy- it's Ron Paul..........

    April 21, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. annie s

    If Sarah Palin ever becomes President of the United States, I hope God's hands will move me to Canada.

    April 21, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. frank in valparaiso indiana

    Oh great, if getting rid of Bush wasn't enough to show we were improving, she has to go overseas and prove what the IQ of politicians has sunk to? Ah well, they needed work for their comedians to play her. Keep the comedy clubs up there going for years.

    April 21, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will become America's next and greatest President of all times! Her 8 years in office will be the most prosperous and glorious years ever. America will truly be the greatest country on earth under the wise and astute leadership of President Palin. The world will behold the Palin Revolution, Palinomics, and the Palination!

    April 21, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Moosehead

    Who cares what she does. She's a total non-factor,... all she has going for her, is a big mouth, a proven ability to lie, and a few thousand lemmings followers.

    April 21, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Minnesotan

    "Palin said she will "pursue" a presidential bid in 2012 if she decides it's the best way to help everyday people with their challenges." BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! Palin helping people?!?! HAH! She only helps herself and her pocketbook with the outrageous manure she spreads. Good joke, Sarah. Too bad Tina Fey makes a better Palin than you do!

    April 21, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    Go Sarah! You and Butthead – er Beck – ought to pound the final nails in the coffin of the party that once was Lincoln's.

    Absolutely amazing.

    April 21, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Keepin It Real

    Oh Please first of all , she knows she will not win as president, puhleez. Secondly, it's not enough money for her greedy little fingers. She's not done fooling the uneducated out of their hard earn money.

    April 21, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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