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. SD Michigan

    The title could as well read "If Snooki was President".
    We're tired of her, CNN, give us a break.

    March 19, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Gern Blanston

    Oddly, some country singers say something about Bush while overseas, and the conservative base has a cow about it. Sarah Palin disses the President while on foreign soil, and the conservatives don't say a word. Hypocrites.

    March 19, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. jm

    Sarah, the gift that keeps on giving. She is so full of herself and what she is full of is mostly sh-t. Does anyone think that maybe because she has been told by her puppeteers that she shouldn't run, that she can run as an independent and pull off a win? This woman isn't just stupid, she is insane. She sets up there on her throne, and acts as if she is the most important person in the world, the only one who can really solve all the problems. Like, here I am people, you are in luck.

    March 19, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Dan

    The only thing worse than reading what this Barbie-Bimbo has to say is actually hearing her shrill voice. If she was ever elected President I would have to shoot myself or leave this country rather than hear her talk. She is truly one of the most self-serving, dumbest person to hit our national political landscape ever. And what is very frightening is that at least 30% of this country thinks highly of her.

    March 19, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Tom In Millstadt

    Dithering? Perhaps a little dithering before our going into Iraq might have been a good thing.

    March 19, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. aradayon

    now she's spreading her stupidity around the world.

    March 19, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Tom

    I think reporters purposely ask her questions purely for entertainment value. I think they know that they can count on her to give the dumbest answers ever!

    March 19, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Big Al

    This is a lot of talk for a woman who could not find Libya on a map of Africa just two short weeks ago!

    March 19, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. billy jean

    wow, CNN really wants to see her as the nominee... every other entry in the political ticker is some non-story about "Palin slams Obama" or "Palin speaks out" or whatever...

    March 19, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. sue

    All Sarah Palin can do to express her political views is to Bad Mouth our President, bad mouth her own party the Republicans, bad mouth muslims, bad mouth the media.....God forbid what our country would be like if she was in control.....she will bad mouth our enemies to the point that they will come over here and try to wipe us off the map.....she will run this great country into the sewer.....she will DUMB DOWN this country so fast we won't know what hit us......Thanks McCain, you brought this idiot into the limelight......if you were the great hero that you think you are.....then do the right thing now and admit you made a mistake.

    March 19, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. KB

    She's only in this to make a buck, not to actually win the presidency. If we all, including the media, ingnore her. She will go away.

    March 19, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. tj

    It is so disappointing tat the women taking part in our political systems right now have driven other more capable women underground, Between Palin, Coulter, Bachmann, Pelosi et al have made it more likely that we will not see a women in the White House anytime in the near future. Luckily we have Clinton as a positive influence.

    March 19, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Jay

    Gee, not one positive remark. I agree with everyone. Palin is a useless tool.

    March 19, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Emman

    I am really convinced she's on drugs. She had the opportunity right after losing in 2008, she should have kept working as governor and rebuild, study and prepare. She chose to quit and go make money. Good idea if its all about making money. Bad idea if she thinks she got the chance now. She never give any ideas, just critism. Hillary Clinton is way out of her league if I am to compare.

    March 19, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Witchy99510

    If she thinks Obama "dithers" what is God doing? I'm getting awful tired of waiting for God to tell Sarah she must run for the Presidency. Dear God, please don't spend anymore time talking to this airhead. Please tell her to take a seat and keep her stupid mouth shut. Please, God, we don't need another 8 years of being accused of being the dumbest people on the planet who can only elect idiots to lead us.

    March 19, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. the ancient one

    If The Classless Wonder SP wasn't so humouorous there would be no redeeming feature .. Actually she is really a sad ceature of humanity , greedy uneducated and boring. She needs help rather than derision, but we no longer have mental institutions. We only have wealthy wizards behind the curtain running our lives.

    March 19, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    Should she ever become pres.. Canada should prepare for an onslaught of Americans-including myself. It's sad when a person can find nothing good to say about a fellow countryman. She doesn't even realize she has brought it all on herself.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 19, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Fandango

    The media apparently thrives on printing this woman's nonsense. Had they any backbone, they would be whaling about a politician going overseas and badmouthing her president. This is one of the dumbest, most hateful, lying, irresponsible airheads to come down the pike in a long time. (Uh Oh, I forgot about Michelle Backman) Palin is a comlete fool and anyone who would even consider voting for a person like her who quit being governor when the tough questions came her way, blames everyone for her shortcomings and refuses to tell the truth on even the smallest of things is as big a fool as she is.
    Based on these comments I have read on this article, we are not in any danger of her being elected anything other than National Dunce.

    March 19, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. TheAfrican

    if Palin becomes a President, I will thankfully return my green card and go back to my homeland,Africa!

    March 19, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. offworld

    Let's see. Palin went to five different colleges before graduating. She didn't finish her term as governor of Alaska. Her choice as vice-presidential candidate didn't help McCain win the election. Her tv show is cancelled after one season. She favors the independent tea party movement, but was the chief executive of our #1 welfare state, as every Alaskan citizen gets an oil royalty payment. But she still has her supporters. Yes, she is qualified to run ,with Donald Trump for National homecoming King and Queen. America, What a Country!

    March 19, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. TPF

    This nobody is the most despised and most ignorant nobody in the entire world. She couldn't get elected to any, and I mean any office now or ever again. She has shown her true identity now and if people had know how she is then she would never have been elected to anything. She's a FRAUD.

    March 19, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Tom In Millstadt

    The new Sarah Palin campaign song. "I could while away the hours, confirming with the flowers, consulting with the rain and my head I be scratching, while my thoughts were busy hatching, if I only had a brain."

    March 19, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Paul

    Why is it conservatives could claim that people who were overseas and complained about about President Bush during military actions were unpatriotic, and yet she does it and the right is completely silent? Even before the actions today in Libya, we had troops in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why isn't she called a traitor by the same Republican mouthpieces?

    March 19, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Sheila

    She is such an embarrassment to the US. I'm a Canadian and it amazes me that she has the following she has. We envy the leadership you have now in Obama and Clinton. You really don't know how lucky you are. Your country is now respected much more because of these individuals. Why can't you see this?

    March 19, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Lenny Pincus

    She's goes to India to collect a paycheck and, standing on foreign soil, she runs her mouth. Thanks, insane Christians. Thanks, John McCain. Thanks, Republicans. Whatever good you think you do with your invocations of God, patriotism, and money, you have given America one of the most execrable, miserable fungi in our history.

    March 19, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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