If Palin were president
March 19th, 2011
02:29 PM ET
12 years ago

If Palin were president

(CNN)-Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed the Obama administration for "dithering" on Libya and accused fellow Republicans of "having the fighting instinct of sheep" while speaking overseas in India on Saturday.

While Palin's prepared remarks outlined her vision for America, her sharpest comments came during a Q-and-A session where she entertained 'if you were president'-style hypotheticals.

Palin was invited to deliver the keynote address at the India Today Conclave, an annual gathering of India's elite including business leaders, politicians and academics. It is sponsored by an Indian Communications company and named for the India Today magazine.

The potential presidential candidate addressed the importance of energy and the influence of India's relationship with the United States in prepared remarks titled "My Vision of America." But when she sat down for the question-and-answer session with the editor-in-chief of India Today, Aroon Purie, her attention turned to topics of a presidential nature.

She was asked how she would respond to certain events if she were president, including financial assistance to banks and Libya. On Libya she said "It would have been different." Remarking that the U.S. has a tradition of not criticizing the president's foreign policy on "foreign soil," she continued, "Certainly, there would have been more decisiveness, more commitment to those that are freedom fighters, that they know that America is on their side.

"There would have been more decisiveness, less dithering," Palin stated.

And of financial assistance given to banks she said that she'd rather "free markets decide who the winners and who the losers would be" instead of politicians.

"I don't think it was such a tough situation that it had to lead to the bailouts that our U.S. government engaged in," she stated. "What it led to is more debt."

Calling the Tea Party "a grassroots movement from the ground up" that is a "beautiful movement" that will grow and be more influential, Palin asserted that the Tea Party movement will "hold our politicians accountable."

She also shared lessons from the 2008 campaign trail, where she learned "You can't necessarily trust the mainstream media to accurately report on your record…your values...Not when those in the media already have their chosen one...You have to have the boldness and courage to set the record yourself."

Palin remarked that her approach is different than that of her GOP peers. "Too often Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep and you know they're just going to sit back and take it…I don't have that within me…I will put my foot down and I will state the truth so that people have correct information and they can make decisions for themselves," she declared.

Palin also described herself as "independent" saying that "some Republican players within the Republican hierarchy don't really like that." And she revealed that "Todd Palin is not even registered with the Republican Party [in Alaska] because he's such an independent."

When asked why she lost the election, Palin joked that it was "because the media," but continued on to provide her insight on the views of the electorate saying "Candidate Obama had a strong campaign, he was the agent of change and though he was inexperienced and relatively unknown people so desired that change."

Purie noted that Palin "could have been a change too," and she responded, "I wasn't the top of the ticket. Remember? I'm not saying I should've been."

And when the conversation turned to the 2012 ticket, she quickly stated the she hasn't made a decision on whether to run. Observing that "there's plenty of time to deliberate," Palin affirmed that she is still thinking about a presidential candidacy.

She's also thought about Todd Palin's title if she became president. When asked if he would be called the "first man," Palin responded "Probably the first gentleman."

"Man, that's getting way ahead of ourselves, isn't it? Yes, it is," she said.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
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  1. Bill

    This woman is beyond belief.

    It was Obama's inexperience that she lost; it was the media's fault that she lost; it was McCain's fault that she lost. How about it was her mindless, blitheringly-idiotic comments to Katie Couric that helped her lose? How about her lack of intelligence and big-picture forward-thinking that she lost? How about her inability to admit that she lost fair and square?

    I sure hope Ms. Quitter decides to run for POTUS; it will be such a landslide for President Obama.

    March 19, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. tp1776

    that's great; if you're careful and thoughtful and weigh all the consequences of your actions, that's 'dithering'; news flash: we don't need a president that shoots from the hip first, deals with the mess later

    March 19, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    o god who the hell would vote for this women in presidency...

    March 19, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. yourname

    So – Paln says there is plenty of time to "deliberate", yet accuses Obama of "dithering"? Reality is, Palin would have attacked without any international support and driven us headlong into yet another war. I, for one, am happy to have a president who can see the bigger picture.

    March 19, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. jeffc

    Thank GOD this woman will never be NEAR the button!

    March 19, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Rae

    "We have a tradition in the US, we don't criticize our President's policy".......Say what? All I have heard out of your mouth is criticism, for more than two years it's all been criticism, lies and distortions. I heard those things from your own mouth not from the "main stream media". So it's time for you to realize that it is you and you alone that is responsible for your popularity or lack there of, in this country. We don't want you in Washington, but would LOVE for you to run against our very thoughtful, compassionate American born President.

    March 19, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. RG

    She'll put her foot down, if it isn;t in her mouth.

    March 19, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Herbie Walker

    When Ms. Palin is not firing off talking points, her real immaturity emerges. She's had so much success in crafting her image, that that's all she thinks matters.

    Anyone who thinks we should put this kid in charge of the candy store is much mistaken.

    March 19, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Alann

    The irony is that she IS a mainstream media creation. The more exposure of any kind she gets, the more credible this cypher becomes.

    March 19, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin will never be President and she will never gain trust of any foreign country by slamming her own country. The truth about Todd Palin is he believes in the party, the Alaskan Independent Party, which staged a coup to overthrow the government and leave the Union and yes Sarah and he were married and he isn't a registered independent. Palin's remarks about her not being at the top of ticket with John McCain, the fact of the matter is she's the reason McCain lost. For Palin to slam both parties is more proof this woman knows nothing about U.S. politics and nothing about India and she has no right going to any country degrading our political system nor our President.

    March 19, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Gary

    If she were president, I would be Canadian. She is second guessing and still getting it wrong.

    March 19, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Marge

    If Palin were president the only people left in this country would be tea bags, even the most radical republicans would flee to parts unknown. She wishes she could even get to be one of the candidates gee willys that would mean should could command more money for squeaking er uh I mean speaking.

    March 19, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. George B from Ohio

    *Sigh* ... taking 10 seconds out of my life to simply post this ... wish the media would quit giving this person publicity.

    March 19, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Pretzel Logic

    This woman can't help but embarrass herself.

    March 19, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. DALE

    "And if I'm elected president I'll make sure the balance of our customer service industry is farm out to the great state of India, You betcha"

    March 19, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sarah and Todd Palin are committing treason while in Indian.

    March 19, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. normajean

    Born and raised in So. California as I was,.... .Sarah Palin as president would be enough to make me try to move to another country. New Zealand or maybe Tahiti....anything ... other than the horror of her having any influence on the government of our great country...She belongs in Hollywood. all look and no substance.Please voters ..use your brains on this possible catastrophe.READ, LISTEN AND THINK!!!

    March 19, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Read these quotes. This woman cannot put a sentence together! Her thought go inevery direction and she has no clue about finance or the world situation or how to deal diplomatically with other countries.
    Her thing is our government must stay out of Americans live but butt in to every other countries!
    Unless you are posting her under "comedy" please stop reporting on her in the Ticker!

    March 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    "Shoot first and ask questions later," is the rallying cry of those who support the Bush Cowboy Doctrine, begging for increased national debt from more wars. To Palin and the republes, "In God we trust, but not so much any republican."

    March 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. mk1

    This woman is truly a scary person. God help us if she ever becomes the president.

    March 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. jim

    this is the woman who quit halfway through her term. she has no credentials to criticize anyone.

    March 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Keith

    "In the US we have a tradition of not criticizing our President's policy", that's all Palin has. No ideas, just critizism.

    March 19, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Acts of treason.

    March 19, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    I'd move to Canada if Caribou Barbie was voted president. Then I'd build a bomb shelter and watch out for all the Moose who'd be running for their lives! You betcha!

    March 19, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Liberal Elite= Anyone with an education

    So, lets get this straight: The Dixie Chicks infamously mentioned that they were embarrassed to be from the same state as President Bush, and they got death threats and censure from their industry. Will you "commonsense conservatives" be applying the same litmus to Palin for criticizing our current President? I thought not, hypocrisy being a conservative value and all...

    March 19, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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