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. shojayxt

    How does taking a trip to India and Israel give palin any foreign policy experience? Gee, I've been to Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, The Bahama's and Europe. That must mean I'm a foreign policy expert.

    palin will never be President. The only reason she'll run is for money.

    March 18, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. TheTraveler

    Bah, just most blah, blah, blah from The Quitter. She's not going to run and she knows it. But as longs as she can garner attention from the media, and the readers thereof, she'll continue her pretending ...

    March 18, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Cat

    Run moron run, we all want you to run. Nothing like a clown running for President. Should be great to see you open your stupid mouth and put both feet in it. Too stupid to know your stupid. Got to love it.

    March 18, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Laverne

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know she's going to run for president. She will be another Ross Perot or Ralph Nader which will be good for the democratic party. She is too arrogant and big headed not to run, furthermore the stronger the call for her to step aside by her republican buddies, the more she is inclined to run. Ultimately the joke will be on her, but what the hell, run anyway and get your butt whipped by Barack Obama!

    March 18, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Marge

    It is a shame that these people will subject to the type of speeches Palin gives. I hope to Hades they don't think this country agrees with her or is as stupid as she is. Any chance to make money. She knows she doesn't have a chance to even get her pinkie in the door to be president. She is only raking in the money while she can. Why in the world don't people understand why she quit being governor. TO MAKE MONEY WHILE SHE COULD GET HER NAME IN THE NEWS.

    March 18, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. CTYank

    Were Sarah to visit Disneyland, would she be qualified to be Minnie Mouse? Too close to call.

    With her, it's all about open mouth, spew poo, collect $$. (The Indians are paying for her BS up front?)

    March 18, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Gary

    She'll probably make some stupid comment like "why don't you wear headdresses??"

    March 18, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Crazy Harry

    Maybe she will stay over there.

    March 18, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Will she speak "real American" English or her usual word salad lingo that tends toward the unintelligible?

    March 18, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Chumlee

    Oh yes, the half-term governorn – failin Palin – visits with US allies – what a joke! Better yet, what an embarrassment
    for the US.

    CNN: please keep this loser off your pages, please

    March 18, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Obama 2012

    Palin has never been really good at the whole "knowing things".

    March 18, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. thomas

    Sarah will receive the two day look see show tour . Maybe she can pic up some Duty Free Viagra for Newt G.
    Palin / Bachmann 2012 Dream Team

    March 18, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Video Guy

    Why would Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bother with this trailer trash of a lady, unless he just needs a good laugh.

    March 18, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    it's too bad that these overseas Palin trips don't come with a disclaimer like "The views expressed here are SOLELY those of Sarah Palin and do NOT represent that of the entire United States nor its' territories" I would hate for the people of India and Israel to think all Americans are this backwards.

    March 18, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Lando

    I thought that Indians are brainy.......wrong....

    March 18, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Texas Doc

    Nothing sends sthe world a message like you do Sarah! Don't listen to the lamo media or the American public, they don't know what they want...but you do! Palin 20forever! You are the only choice the GOP has! You are the true face of the party!

    March 18, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Realitycheck

    They complain about government interfering in people's lives while supporting further legislation that interferes in people's lives, complain about the deficit while cutting taxes for the rich and corporations and complain about government spending while spending millions on DADT and DOMA court cases, complain about Muslim extremists while courting Christian extremists who have much in common with Muslim extremists (anti-gay, anti-women, violence when they don't get their way…think blowing up abortion clinics and killing doctors) and complain about unemployment while supporting companies that outsource American jobs to other countries. People who voted for them deserve what they get

    March 18, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Indy

    I find it very hard to believe that Netanyahu would meet with a former mayor of Wasilla Alaska. What could they possibly have in common. Something is very fishy here.Palin sure thinks she spaeks for Americans when she gives her little tweets to news papers in the middle east, I wonder if they know she was disgraced out of office and is currently unemployed in any elected position. Palin could travel around the world forty times and never will she have what it takes to be POTUS. I would like to see facts that prove Palin has been in a political position for the past twenty years as she has stated. She has been lying on her resumes for so long she can't keep the actual facts straight. Palin has not been in an elected position since 1991, but telling the truth has never been important to Palin

    March 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Canuck

    "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."

    I don't get it. How did she become America's representative overseas? What qualifies her to have an opinon? To whom is she accountable for what she might say? I find this very strange....

    March 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Snuffy

    Why is this private citizen and entertainer visiting a head of state?

    March 18, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    I am getting really tired with the endless mob of shallow gene pool retards the GOP is trotting around the country.
    What is going on? All they do is preach hate and fear while telling us how great the wealthy class and rulling class are, how they are the true Americans. While those GOP who are in office push through legislation locally and nationally taking away the rights and support for the working and middle class.
    America was built by the middle and working class.
    Not the corporate whores (GOP) who will do anything for a 2% increase in profit – they will even betray our country.

    March 18, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. The unsub

    I'm going on a cruise next month!

    March 18, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Master of Deception

    Sarah Palin is the only one not bought and paid for by any special interest group. If she runs for President we the people wil be her special interest group and we the people will fund her campaign. That is what scares the he## out of the left and the right.

    March 18, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Max

    Of course she’s getting paid. Do you think she would do something humanitarian on her own accord without getting some moo-la?

    March 18, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Bill

    You can go to India and India all you want. This will not change the fact that you are ignorant, uniformed, and a quitter. By the way, I notice you are a paid speaker in India. Nice, try to claim you are bolstering your foreign credentials and you are really trying to make another buck! I guess there are willing saps in India as well. Please stay there!

    March 18, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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