Palin heads overseas as she mulls presidential run
March 18th, 2011
02:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin heads overseas as she mulls presidential run

Washington (CNN) – As Sarah Palin continues to ponder a possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, she is embarking this weekend on a major overseas trip visiting two key U.S. allies.

Her first stop is New Delhi, India where she is the keynote speaker at a dinner of a major conference, the India Today Conclave. Her paid speech to the forum, sponsored by an Indian communications company, comes Saturday night.

Palin is quoted in Friday's India Today newspaper as saying she is "very excited to visit India. Americans have a great respect for the world's largest democracy."

"India and the United States are partners in trade and business affairs, and working together our two nations can build a more peaceful and prosperous world," she is quoted in the publication telling the organizers of the event.

After India she heads to Israel where she will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. Her brief visit, scheduled just to last two days, is also expected to include meetings with other Israeli politicians as well as stops at some landmarks, according to the Jerusalem Post.

In a message posted on her political action committee's website, she said "As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel."

Several other prospective GOP candidates - Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour and Mike Huckabee - recently visited Israel.

"She has to be able to say in case she hops in she went through the motions like the other guys," GOP consultant Ford O'Connell, who worked on the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008, told CNN.

Palin's foreign trip is expected to help her bolster her foreign policy credentials. O'Connell said that issue is probably Palin's weakest. He pointed out with the recent events in Japan, Libya and Egypt international are back in the forefront.

"Foreign policy is moving up the ladder. If you want to be president you have to have a good understanding of the global economy in the 21st century" as well as these issues, he said.

Such a trip, as the one she is undertaking, is a must for someone considering a run, he said. "If she doesn't do it, it will hurt her," he said.

As she has for the past months, Palin continues to say she is "contemplating" a presidential run last week telling Fox News, where she is employed as a political analyst, "It's obviously, a huge life-changing decision to be made. But there are some extremely, extremely difficult situations that our country is facing today.

"And unless I have the confidence that we have a GOP candidate who is out there willing to tackle these issues, regardless of what perhaps some special interests or ties they may have had in the past to these special interests...unless I'm confident there is a GOP candidate who can tackle these things and provide solutions, then, yes, seriously, I will continue to think about it."

Asked if she could wait longer than some other prospective candidates to see who her competitors might be, she said in the interview "I've never waited for anybody else to line-up and then I jump in at the end. In fact, in my races over the last 20 years, I've usually been the first to jump in. But in this case, because it is so monumental and so affecting on a family, I probably would wait to see who is willing to put their name forward in the hat in terms of serving this country."

The former Alaska governor enjoys large support among Republican voters and her speeches draw large crowds, but her disapproval numbers among GOP voters continue to rise. There is mixed opinion among many unaligned Republican consultants on whether she will end up actually launching a bid for the nomination.

She visited the key early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina last year during her book tour and recently hired a political veteran as chief of staff for her political action committee. She is not known however to have taken any other concrete steps that might indicate a possible campaign, such as trying to recruit key activists and consultants in those crucial states as others are actively doing. She has also declined invitations to address some political gatherings.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    She should stay there. I just do not want her settling in Israel. My cousins would not stand for it.

    March 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Ken

    OMG!! I hope that they have a translator for her or, at the very least, a Trailer Park to English dictionary nearby.

    March 18, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. jim Doyle

    Maybe they could drop her on Libya.

    March 18, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    Palin will probably wonder why all the Indians there aren't wearing feathers and I hope she knows using terms like "Blood libel" won't go over very well in Israel. President Obama spent a good early portion of his term getting more countries in the world to like us again, hopefully these countires won't think we have regressed when Palin comes a knocking.

    March 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Tyler Durden

    Make sure she has a map scribbled on her hand so she doesn't get lost on her way back home... well, as long as she can get back to Russia she will be able to see her house. Go lipstick leather jacket tea party mama grizzly bear and show those furners just how smart this country full of fast food gobbling self-absorbed greedy little narcissists has become!

    March 18, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Diana

    Another meaning for the word 'Rogue' that she chose to describe herself for the title of her book...

    'A person that behaves in an aberrant or unpredictable way, typically with damaging or dangerous effects.'

    March 18, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Dave

    Here's an idea for Palin: stay overseas. We've had enough of being constantly humiliated by her. She could take all of her tea-bagger friends with her and start her own country.

    March 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    This is about the third time they have run this article. Kind of dumb if you ask me.. Like we all know this will be a speech of hate and lies plus bashing the president and the USA. Just like she did in China. It sure don't do our country any good having her running around all over. Did she take Todd with her, or is he home running around.

    March 18, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    Palin heads overseas as she mulls presidential run
    Count it as a vacation as she spends PAC funds
    And if there is NOT a confident GOP candidate
    Palin PROMISES she'll run – a true LIQUIDATE!!

    Why is PALIN always in the news and who cares where she takes her vacations!!!

    March 18, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Carfan

    Visiting a country for a couple of days does make one experienced in foreign policy. Working as a diplomat and living abroad, having many diverse friends from many nations is the kind of background needed. All these politicians on tour is a joke. And for those trips visiting military bases, while a nice gesture, also does not provide any knowledge of foreign people or their governments.

    March 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    I have lost all respect for India and israel! Sorry, but if you allow the she devil stink up your country your are no better than she is and that IS an insult BTW! That being said why would israel be talking politics, if it's really true with the imbecilic moron from AK? She is NOT a politician, far from it! She's an airhead.
    Another moron from the rethug party who thinks she can think! What a joke 🙂 When you jump in make sure it's head first in the shallow end of the pool! Is the prop child or any of her kids who never go to school going on this trip?

    March 18, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Ted

    Run Sarah Run. We democrats want you to run and get the GOP nomination. Truly we do. We want to see you totally embarrass yourself, the GOP, Faux Noise, and all the rest of the right wing delusional lunatics with your lack of knowledge, competence, intelligence. Please do it. The GOP will be relegated to the feces pile of failed politicians for a generation. Please run. Run Sarah Run.

    March 18, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Denton

    Palin is visiting other countries. Visiting. She now thinks this will qualify as foreign-policy experience and enable her to run for Prez. What a laughing-on-the-floor joke.

    March 18, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. JesusFish

    First in and first out, good ol' Sarah.

    March 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Madtown

    " I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel."

    Dear Lord, you've got to be freaking kidding. Our National Twit, thinks she can actually "discuss issues" with a real leader, a real head-of-state? Tell me this is a Saturday Night Live script. What an embarrassment for Netanyahu, having to waste his time entertaining this empty-headed wanna-be tv star. Furthermore, what an embarrassment for this country, with her playing foreign relations envoy. Will she start an international incident with one of her folksy quips?

    March 18, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Jaberwocky Barbie just lost to Charlie Sheen in a poll asking wheher they'd rather elect him or her as POTUS. You know why? Because the word salad flying out of his mouth makes more sense than what's flying out of hers.

    Mama Grizzly v. Warlock with Tiger Blood? Clearly, the Warlock is #winning that battle.

    March 18, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. some guy in New Hampshire

    Maybe testing the theory that the planet is actually round.

    March 18, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. aubrie

    I can't even fathom her going on behalf of the U.S. What a mistake..... Knowing her she'll bring Netanyahu a ham for a gift on behalf of the U.S........ Oh brother.

    March 18, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Sick of Sarah

    Thank the Lord we have Sarah out there to save us . . . This woman is a freak of nature and doesn't even get how stupid she is and sounds. She acts as though running for President will be a great sacrifice on her part, but if she must, for the good of the country, she will. Give me a break.

    Sarah, if you really want to do good for this country – shut up! Stay home and take care of your dysfunctional family and leave the rest of the country alone. You have a handful of uneducated supporters, at best. This country does not need you nor do we want you in ANY elected position. All we need is a POTUS who will quit half way through their term, just because things get rough. You are not now nor every will be qualified to lead this great nation!!!

    March 18, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Jeff in Virginia

    Where is the correction to the NPR articles? Why hasn't CNN repeated the truth that the video was very heavily edited, to the point of parody?

    March 18, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Chut Pata

    Before running for president, every candidate must visit the controlling authority i.e. Israel. Without their approval Corporate America is not going to bankroll their elections.

    March 18, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Emily

    Oh my I love Sarah Palin, she's hot!!

    March 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. MaryAngeline

    Have to laugh at the thought of her engaging world leaders! Thank God Netanyahu is a fluent English speaker! Imagine having to translate as she speaks...hilarious. I am also surprised that Benny agreed to meet with her considering how irrelavent she is in the scope of things. Maybe if I visit Israel he will see me also.

    March 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Jake

    i can't believe she's running...well, yes, i can! and it's a purely selfish move! she cleary has a path to win the nomination, but zero path of winning the White House. She knows she will be the GOP sacrificial lamb. the party wins nothing, but she wins EVERYTHING! more fame and fortune for Ms. Palin! but at least the rest of us get to see her duke it out with Michelle Bachmann – so, really we ALL WIN!!!

    March 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Larry

    Sarah Palin overseas???? I thought she didn't even have a passport?

    March 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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