November 9th, 2010
11:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin on a presidential run...and pushing cookies

(CNN) – As questions about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions swirl, her remarks to a group of Pennsylvania students Tuesday night certainly did little to dispel the rumors.

Palin began her remarks at the Plumstead Christian School's Founders Forum by complimenting a student who had just finished performing, asking if he would like to sing at an inauguration, and then added, "not necessarily mine," as the crowd cheered.

Organizers bill the Founders Forum as a nonpolitical event that has featured other prominent leaders such as former Vice President Dan Quayle, columnist and commentator Cal Thomas, and the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Later in her talk, Palin said that she is considering a presidential run, and that she'll decide "after prayerful consideration and a survey of the political landscape," because she "would be in it to win it."

During her nearly hour-long speech, Palin also told the students that she embraces "American Exceptionalism."

"We're the only country in history that was founded on an idea...not by accident," Palin said.

Palin also denounced government intervention, bringing up a local example that she said caught her attention.

"I heard that there's a debate going on in Pennsylvania over whether public schools were going to ban sweets," Palin said.

So, Palin said, she decided to "shake things up," by bringing cookies to the school when she met with Plumstead students early in the day.

"I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion. Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents," Palin said to a cheering audience.

Palin has also been vocal on Twitter about her opposition to the proposed ban on sugary foods.

Before meeting with the students, Palin tweeted, "2 PA school speech; I'll intro kids 2 beauty of laissez-faire via serving them cookies amidst school cookie ban debate;Nanny state run amok!"

On Monday, she also tweeted, " Hmm...may bring cookies to my PA school speech tmrw to make a pt "PA mulls ban on cake/cookies/candy@ school parties..," linking to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the proposed ban.

But the Pennsylvania Board of Education is strongly disputing the Tribune-Review's report and Palin's characterization of the proposal. Executive Director Adam Schott told CNN the story is "just not true."

The Tribune-Review has since retracted its original story, and posted this correction on Tuesday:

"A story on page B1 of Monday's Tribune-Review incorrectly portrayed the Pennsylvania State Board of Education's proposed nutrition guidelines for school parties. The board is examining regulations to encourage schools to serve more nutritious foods. There are no mandates to do so."

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    I wish that CNN would come up with a Palin-free Ticker option so that those of us who want to barf at the sight of her get a break.

    November 9, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Marco Budgyk

    If Palin were elected President, would she quit after two years?

    November 9, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. runner305

    Two minutes of that video of her "speech" at Plumstead Christian School, was all that I could stand. It just further makes me conclude that Palin is totally narcissistic and ego-driven, and she just likes to hear herself talk. The talk had NO substance, and she had her usual screeching, irritating tone. If she were to become President, I would definitely move to Canada!

    November 9, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. glad you think so Palin

    "I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion. Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents," Palin said to a cheering audience.

    And who should be deciding what I smoke?

    November 9, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. guest123

    Just stop the game playing. Everyone has been watching you actively campaign for president since before you lost the election for McCain.

    But then, we know better by now, too, than to expect any sort of honesty from Palin.

    November 9, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Mark Minervino

    Palin's answer to the epidemic of childhood obesity? Bring cookies!

    November 9, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. one voice

    Sarah is a legend in Her own small mind.

    November 9, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. brian

    taking a stance for pro-cookies... that's a gutsy, gutsy move.

    November 9, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. drwtsn

    I guess Palin thinks that she, not the parents, should decide if kids eat healthy treats.

    November 9, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. vancouveral

    How simplistic can life be. This person talks for ever and actually says nothing. We should all encourage Sarah Palin to run for president thereby ensuring a Democratic victory. Even the Red Blooded Republicans cannot fall this pablum. If only she realized how ridiculous she comes across.

    November 9, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  11. CJG

    I have started wondering lately about Palin and her future and I am more concerned. She seems to be against more than she is for, but thank goodness she is FOR cookies , goes well with tea. So that is a start for a platform.....I am all for cookies in moderation ....
    Also she seems to be burning the midnight oil on finances and econmics ,and is able to tell Wall street and the Fed Reserve how to do better and what they should and should not do .....Mmmmmnnn with the econmy being so flat ,who am I to say her plan might or might not work!
    This being said does Palin seem to have all the answers, that her way is the best , and what she is for is good , what she is against evil, that she is for those of us in the "real " America and she proves her points by playing loose and fast with the facts, leaving out or adding to her speeches to make it sound she has the answers.
    I do know something of real America and Mrs Palin is not even close to it any longer . Millionaires are not real in my world, in my America neither is quitting and eating a lot of cookies.

    November 10, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Todd the Mod

    Big deal, so she got it wrong again. No one cares whether she knows anything, reads anything, thinks anything, etc. She's a pretty lady talkin' so nice about America.....I'm a votin' for the pretty lady....

    November 10, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. thomas

    John McCain will go down in history as the man who brought the great virus upon us !
    When Palin losses will she keep all the money that she coned out of her followers
    "after prayerful consideration Satin returns dressed to kill "

    November 10, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  14. Texas Doc

    Please run..please. The GOP deserves you and the GOP deserves anyone who would vote for you. Watch how these lunatics will destroy the Republicans...forever

    November 10, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. mollyd

    She's pretty, I'll admit. Pretty stupid, in fact.

    She is a walking, talking indictment of (all) of those schools she attended. How low the bar is in so many of our schools.

    Those that support this moron should get what they deserve. Palin is nothing more than a talking head. She has no intellectual capacity whatsoever. She is so stupid, she make me embarrassed to be an American.

    November 10, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. Tam

    We had our share of whackos and nuts in American history, but this is not funny any more. It's scary.

    November 10, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  17. Dizzy Buzz

    The Palin faithful may indeed have seen recent grocery price increases, but only because they are most likely unwashed Walmart shoppers and Walmart has indeed been increasing grocery prices over the past year.

    November 10, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  18. Steve, New York City

    It never ceases to amaze me how the media continues to obsess over a tiresome imbecile like Sarah Palin.
    As the financial system was falling apart in late 2008, I shudder to think what Palin would have done – or O'Donnel, or Joe The Plumber, or the other "hopeless imbeciles" associated with the above, who scarcely seemed capable of finishing high school, let alone holding vital positions in the US federal government.

    November 10, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  19. George of the jungle

    Like most things Palin says they are just not true,Where but in America can an unwed mother with no talent end up on tv dancing with the stars while her drop out of high school father gets in movie magazines and his barley literate wife runs for vice president. This is a reality show at its best and we have such poor scores in our education system that half the population approves of this family of disfunctional loosers. and some would even vote for her. AS a parent you can see how her decissions have gone. Scary isn't it?

    November 10, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  20. Francisco Cardenas

    Great! This year she cost the GOP the Senate so maybe in 2012 she will cost them the House, the Senate and the Whitehouse! Run Sarah run!

    November 10, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  21. brbr2424

    Is there no matter too trivial for her to throw her two cents in on. She is vindictive and can hold a grudge like none other. Could it be that her arch Rival Obama's wife is advocating to end childhood obesity and she needs to take the stuff them with cookies side. I hope she runs for president in 2012 so that she can fail and we will be done with her.

    November 10, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. Sam

    Hmmm. So I guess if she runs for president, the country will get fatter still. Wasn't there some other woman in power that said "let them eat cake"? I think she ended up losing her head.

    November 10, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. GaryB

    Yep, what's again, Palin makes up a "Nanny State" issue where none exists. If only she could learn how to actually read a newspaper. But hey, nothing inspires the tea party faithful more than irrational fear.

    November 10, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  24. Anonymous

    What is wrong with America that this woman even is a blip on the nomination screen?
    Can anyone seriously make a case that she is qualified to be the leader of the free world?
    China would call our loans due immediately before this unknowledgible starts making decisions.
    Actually- PLEASE RUN SARAH! a plea form all Democrats!

    November 10, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. cane

    Run baby run. Probably best way to get Obama a second term.

    November 10, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
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