Romney up on Palin
February 1st, 2011
10:17 PM ET
12 years ago

Romney up on Palin

(CNN) - Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thinks Sarah Palin would be "great" as a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

"I believe she is an extraordinarily powerful and effective voice in our party, that she has generated a great deal of support and attention, that she'd be great in a primary process," Romney said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "She'd bring attention to the process, and frankly, the more people we have on the stage in those debates talking about different ideas and different approaches, the better."

Although he wouldn't speculate on whether he could beat her in a potential matchup, he was quick to volunteer the opinion of his wife, on his run.

"My wife thinks I should run, she's absolutely committed," Romney said. "I'm not sure she knows whether I can win or lose, but I know she feels that somebody of my experience is needed in the country at a time like this."

Even though the former 2008 presidential candidate said he too would have lost to Barack Obama in the last election, if he were president now he would "reverse all of the policies that have made America one of the least friendly places to start new businesses."

"This administration, while saying they hope to make things business friendly, have done just the opposite," Romney said.

He also would not label Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a "dictator."

"He is the leader of his country, he is a monarch-type figure," Romney said. "I probably would avoid the term 'dictator.'"

While Egypt experiences dramatic political changes – including the announcement from Mubarak that he will not seek reelection – Romney said it is important that America stand with democracy but not impose an American system in other parts of the world.

"This after all was an administration which has been friendly with us, has had agreements with us to protect the stability of Israel, our ally," Romney said. "We can't just say we're going to rip everything apart and fashion your nation the way we'd like it to be."

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Faux Palin

    The Repubs have straw for brains if they think Palin "would be great.". Really. . They are scared to death of Palin. If they speak against her, it is bye, bye votes. These are the very men
    Of course we all know what they are up is all about getting the votes.

    February 2, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  2. Not fooled

    President Obama never called him a dictator. He certainly never said we were going to rip everything apart and fashion a nation the way we want it to be. Those are your words. That's why you will never stand a chance of being President. As far as being business friendly we are still waiting on the Republicans for all those jobs that were to magicly appear if they got their tax cuts for the rich. At least we see President Obama going to factories and trying to get jobs.

    February 2, 2011 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  3. kcl

    He is skirting around the Palin issue. My God where do you get these headlines?

    February 2, 2011 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Romney looks presidential, and Palin looks good–nay, hot–but how well was Romney thinking to say "great" in reference to her presidential candidacy?
    She is a strong leader for conservatives. Sometimes I agree with her positions, but often I oppose them–a lot!
    So she's "mixed" on positions for someone as conservative as I, and Katie Couric, now, did go and ask Sarah all those old hard questions, and in public, too.
    Maybe it was just too early in the morning, or too late at night, when Romney spoke about the pretty lady's being a good candidate for my party.

    February 2, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  5. Squigman

    Gee Wink, we'd like to buy a vowel. Game show host, and his assistant running the country. What a joke.

    February 2, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  6. Marie MD

    cnn, it's February you continue to sneak the AK imbecilic moron in your stories. Where's Whitaker when you need him?
    Memo to mitts – you will NEVER be president because you flip flop every single day. If you really and truly think this woman can be president your worth just dropped to the low IQ class of Americans who think she really matters except to those gun people who still think she hunts and the trailer trash/lower class.

    February 2, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  7. 11cavnam

    Sarah Palin does attrack a great deal of attention, so does a 10 foot Alligator walking down a street, this does not mean either ids qualified to be president. Simply because she has supporters, and can generate a lot of money and attention does not qualify her to be president. Only when this country can finally choose someone based on something more than snappy slogans and looks, one that does have both a good to great education and a lot of common sense and is more concerned about the country than his or her party will the country move forward.

    February 2, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    that she'd be great in a primary process
    In other words she'd be great in the primaries to get people involved and curious about the REAL contenders to the throne.
    She can be counted on to draw in the crowds much like the freakshow drew the curious at the carnivals.

    February 2, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  9. AEK

    Romney/Palin 2012. I'll even throw in her witch doctor for free!

    February 2, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Indy

    Romney bears false witness every time he says Palin is a contender, he knows she is only effective to rally a base with lies, and fear and has nothing whatsoever to offer for policy or ideas to make a positive effect on all Americans. Every politician that promotes Palin has a very difficult problem with making decisions and should never be trusted anymore then con man. There is no doubt Romney could not beat Obama in 2008 and his chances are far worse for 2012

    February 2, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  11. concern

    Romney, you stupid Rich Moron!!!! He,s a Church leader,not a politician! You republicans are going to vote for these shisters,why in the world would you want to destruct this country again???? Your the culprits! Evangelical vote will be a disaster for the country!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay in church !!!!! You want women to have no rights to have a child,but you let 100,000 people a year die with no healthcare or drug assistance. This guy is a Nutcase!!!!!

    February 2, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. Living in America

    Wow it is amazing how the media and politicans go all out not to call Palin "DUMB" but waste no time in calling President Obama dumb. I guess being white and female does have it priviledges.

    February 2, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. douglas

    wel u all lack too much in substance.birds of a feather

    February 2, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. informed voter

    Of course Romney wants Palin to be on the primary stage. Everytime she opens her mouth, and the word salad and ideological diarrhea spews forth, she'll make him seem like a palatable choice.

    February 2, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  15. Diana

    Every time I read of this woman's name, I think of the word 'rogue' that she chose to describe herself in her book.

    Rogue has different meanings, most of them are negative.

    Unprincipled, destructive, to defraud, a deliberately dishonest person, a cheat, without honor or virtue.

    She told the nation, up front, what she is about.

    February 2, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  16. Isaac

    Whatever little credibility Romney had he just lost it.

    February 2, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  17. Rob R

    Why are all of these people so afraid of Palin? I would never vote for Romney (or any of the current Republican contenders), BUT, I will give him credit for being articulate and a savvy businessman and for being a governor that actually finished a term.

    Palin on the other hand, is the most incoherent, vitrolic, airhead to ever appear on the national political stage. I cannot fathom why she is still relevant. Please tell me 1 policy proposal she has offered? None. All she does is tweet hate mongering jibberish that sounds like something that would come from a 16 year old. And she is a legitamite Presidential contender? We need serious help if that woman somehow gets the nomination....though at least in that case Obama would have clear sailing to a 2nd maybe it wouldn't be all that bad for her to run.

    February 2, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  18. Seattle Sue

    If Romney really believes this about Palin then he is definitely not qualified to be President.

    February 2, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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