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.

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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Jeffrey

    So if Palin were president we would be fighting a third war in a foreign country and the economy would still be floundering more than it was or currently is. I didn't realize it was her that lost the election, but I do agree the media cost the ticket voters. But that was because the media portrayed her as an all looks/no substance candidate, which we now know is the truth. So yes, the media has some blame, but Palin's lack of substance is the root problem.

    March 19, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. GP

    I think more favorably of the zombie apocalypse than I do of a Palin presidency.

    March 19, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Kevin

    If Palin were president we'd all be looking back at the Bush presidency as the good old days.

    March 19, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. zin

    Hey dems, can u at least make some of the comments new and interesting? btw, ur all misogynsts for slamming her becuz that's how simple minded u all are when it comes to disagreeing with anyone of a diffrnt race or gender. ur rules. pigs.

    March 19, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. trashcup

    Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Palin has no business talking about foreign policy, especially when she has absolutely no knowledge of world affairs. She isn't some foreign policy genius. She must get her advice from that well traveled, all knowing husband Todd who can't figure out if he's an American or not – remember he was for Alaska withdrawing from the United States.

    She will never run for the presidency, she's makin' too much money just talkin' and travelin' around in private jets. She adds nothing to any leadership other than to complain about everything any chance she gets. America is getting tired of the complainers – Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity – that's all they do is complain. If they don't like America, why don't they move out and leave?

    March 19, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Mary Ann

    As usual,Sarah Palin opens her mouth and the world hears what a moron she is.

    March 19, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. annette

    OMG! she never really answers the questions – she dances around the questions because she really has no TRUE answer. i hope she does not ruin relations with india because she bad talks the president. independent more than republican – hmmm – you sound like a "flip flopper". i hope you succeed in your other endeavors, just stay out of the whitehouse.

    March 19, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. rusty155

    Saran Palin Is just making America look bad. This woman Is the World biggest IDIOT and Is No Way QUALIFIED to be President Of America.

    March 19, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Brian from Washington

    Thank God for Sarah Palin! If it weren't for her we wouldn't have Barack Obama as President.

    March 19, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Randy

    Yeah if she was president we would be up crap creek with out a paddle nobody would have a job then again we wont have to worry about her she will never be president

    March 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. junaid

    she would run this country into the ground...

    she wants the government to have a minimum influence on our society yet she wants to enforce her views and "morals"(or lack of morals rather, on the rest of us....

    lastly i want a president who is intelligent... she is far from it

    March 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Patrick

    If Palin were president... Ill move to Canada

    March 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Ben Stein

    So, where exactly is the "news" content in this piece?

    March 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Smarter Human

    If Palin were president...I'd immediately move to Canada.

    March 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Everytime she opens her mouth she pushes her gender back 200 years. Now she is holding talk-conferences in foriegn countries, letting the people there think that she is a good example of an average American woman.

    March 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Gary

    Please, let's not even talk about the possibility, and please quit humoring her. She actually believes that she's qualified for the job. That should say it all.

    March 19, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. shadysider

    All scenarios of a Palin presidency end with America being eaten by a condor.

    March 19, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. steevo

    "more decisiveness?" That's it?

    March 19, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. seriously???

    I'd hardly call the Tea Party a "beautiful movement", in fact their message and their leadership is the antithesis of such, but that's just my opinion. So it sounds like Sarah would have got involved in Libya militarily much quicker, eschewing international coalitions and laws, just jumping right into the fray. That tells me if she were President we'd get involved in about a dozen wars. What a miserable beast this woman is.

    March 19, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. concernedobserver

    Seriously, imagine the fallout (pun intended) if this rube was in charge with the current state of affairs in the MENA region. She would have us involved on every front while she allowed the domestic economy to play short term imperatives to the longer term detriment of the country, It would be a disaster for America and a painful lesson for the world.Democracy comes with a responsibility for an informed electorate – those that would support the likes of Palin are sadly a reflection of the dumbing down of modern American society. To paraphrase her, God help us if she ever becomes President.

    March 19, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Root and stem

    Gov. Palin has more intelligence, more morality, more common sense, than Barack Hussien Obama and his entire apparatus embedded wthin CNN combined..

    March 19, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Run Sarah, Run

    Make the g.o.p. squirm.

    March 19, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Peter

    Looks like Ms. Palin is "dithering" when it comes to her so-called Presidential run. And another thing, Obama worked with the UN and the US allies when it came to Libya, and you now see the results of a thought-out, cooperative effort. Ms, Palin would have you believe that she would have ordered US airstrikes immediately with no allied coordination or UN backup? She is out of her mind.

    March 19, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. James

    Palin should have won an Oscar for being the biggest joke in the history of the world.

    March 19, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Mrs. G.

    If Palin were elected President ... well, that would be irrefutable proof that the US is not ready for electoral democracy. Period.

    March 19, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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