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
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. stonedwhitetrash

    God help us all if Sarah Palin ever becomes President of the United States of America

    March 19, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Susan

    The average IQ in India came down and in US it went up when she was in India.

    March 19, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. ja

    if Palin was president, i would move to Libya today

    March 19, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Carmelo Junior

    The last question about Todd and her answer gave her up. She can't hide it any more. Fox News will let her go within the next couple of months.

    March 19, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. ragtimepiano

    We wish you'd not give time and space to this woman, whose high opinion of herself far exceeds her abilities.

    March 19, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. RN

    The ego here fills the room.
    Palin has no idea how little she knows and how unqualified she is to be president.
    We cannot afford to have another cowboy president. That may have worked in a small state – but it does not work in todays world.

    March 19, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Herman the Kid

    If Sarah Palin were president, I'd move to Canada.

    March 19, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Death Panel Sarah

    No.... Todd is not a member of the Republican party..... he is a member of the Alaska secessionist party!

    March 19, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. John

    Tea Party is grass roots? Yeah umm ok if you want to call the Koch Brothers who help found the Tea Party grass roots then so be it! Wake up morons the ultra rich use the Republican party and the image of Ronald Regan ( as John Wayne) to call itself true Americana all the while they are eliminating the middle class and stealing your money! Wake Up!!!

    March 19, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Positive

    From the comments she's made in the last two years, if Palin were President, we'd be at war all over the globe.

    Of course, it would be the fault of the media.

    March 19, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. annie s

    So in other words, Palin said nothing different than she normally does ....She's a victim of the media and she doesn't like anything our President does. And of course, she's a knee jerk war monger and is unintelligent enough to think our near economic collapse wasn't "such a tough situation".

    March 19, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. FM

    If what Palin is doing at the moment is the path to become the President of the greatest nation of earth, I prefer not to register at all and go to the ballot booth! What has America become!! So sad.

    March 19, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Dave

    Why is anyone listening to this fool? Only in America could this happen.

    March 19, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Jeff In Ohio

    Remember the good ol' days when it was considered really bad to criticize a president while speaking in a foreign country? What about America does Palin hate so much?

    March 19, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Jim

    This woman needs to crawl back into the woodwork she came out of. She continues to prove her lack of political knowledge and savvy every time she opens her mouth. If she were President, this country would be in far worse shape than even Bush could have ever caused.

    March 19, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Really?

    An independent? Since when? Is that how she is going to try to sell herself for 2012? No longer maverick or mama grizzly, but independent? Is she hoping to try to win over the independents by calling herself one?

    March 19, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Steve

    The thought of Palin as President is one of the more frightning thoughts I have had in recent months – even more scary than the nuclear issues with Japan! Please tell me it will NEVER happen!

    March 19, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Kevin B

    "The U.S. has a tradition, we don't criticize our president's policy..." Um, did Sarah Palin, of all people, really just say that? Criticizing our president's policy is about 95% of her reason for getting out of bed in the morning, especially now since she's between jobs...

    March 19, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. neil

    Scary that this witch is out there representing our country.She needs a sock stuffed in her mouth.

    March 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Rick in AZ

    So the Wicked Witch from Wassilla goes overseas to bad mouth the United States. What a no class piece of work this Harpy is.

    March 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. GOP - the dumbing of America

    Or –
    I love war and will unilaterally start an armed conflict putting young American men and women in harms way without a second thought even when not defending the US. After all they aren't my kids. I think nation building is fantastic, just look at the democracies the US created in Iraq and Afghanistan. War is the answer to all, so put targets on your enemies and kill kill kill. PS abortion is murder.
    President Palin

    March 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Positive

    There is not one person the GOP has at the forefront for whom I could ever consider voting for President, least of all Palin.

    Given their economy destroying, middle-class weakening strategy where tax cuts for the wealthy are most the important thing on their agenda followed by trying to impose their social agenda, the only good thing for this country is for their power to decrease significantly in the next election.

    The President has done a great job of getting the economy headed back in the right direction, while being pettily criticized by the GOP at every turn. Yet, now they have some power they have done nothing constructive at all.

    March 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. pmm

    That's EX governor Palin! EX - SHE QUIT!!! I can't even imagine that this whole country would suddenly become so stupid as to think Sarah, EX governor even has the brains to VISIT the White House, let alone live there! Sarah is not very bright and barely has an education.

    March 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Ed Galbraith

    I watched Hillary Clinton this a.m. speaking about wide ranging issues, the middle east, Lybia etc., then imagined Palin speaking on these delicate and dangerous matter for the U.S....and I became numb with fear.

    March 19, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. The Veteran

    You can be decisively wrong. I would rather have a true intellectual that thinks things through, than a 5 time college transfer "C" average student, who is nothing more than an opportunist anyday.

    Palin and most conservatives are the biggest obstacle in the way of introducing people to Christ. They are Pharisees in the worst way.

    March 19, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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