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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  1. ProfPaul

    Apparently Ms. Palin would have no hesitation as president to support any movement that arises against anybody she doesn't like. However she's also against government debt so any action would have to be free. I don't know if I have it right. She is SO loopy!
    I support Ms. Palin for president. It's about time an absolutely out-of-it stoner is in the White House. I can see cabinet positions for Cheech and Chong and a series of Fireside Theater Chats. If America is going to be ridiculous, let's go ALL THE WAY with Sarah Palin!!!!

    March 19, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    If Half Gov. Palin were president we would also have a half president. She would find out very very fast just how much she doesn't know or even has a clue about. Our great country would soon be ruins. Please Half Gov. Palin, go away, far far away.

    March 19, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Bob

    Why would she run for President when the media hates her guts and the guts of her family?

    March 19, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. 21k

    if palin were president, we would be playing-out the script from the movie "idiocracy".

    March 19, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    What a joke this woman is...

    March 19, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. AmyinOaktown

    If Palin were President, I'd move to Russia so she could see me from her house, waiving goodbye!

    March 19, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. roshev32

    Yes, Sarah, keep dithering about the Presidency. Fortunately (I hope) Americans are smart enough not to elect you.

    March 19, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. JustMe

    "If Palin were president ..."

    then I would have no doubt that the world has officially come to an end. Oh geez – perish the thought. And this coming from not a liberal, but a leaning right independent.

    March 19, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    If this fruitcake were preident, I'd move to Canada

    March 19, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Tom

    It always amuses me when people who preach that we should cut spending are always ready to spend freely when the opportunity to go to war arises.

    March 19, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Sarah Palin doesn't have a clue as to what she would do IF she were president (which ain't ever gonna happen) because she lacks the knowledge that a president has about every situation. She is nothing more than an armchair quarterback, back seat driver and denialist about how different it really is when your sitting in the oval office and not her luxury hotel suite. All wannabes are like this...easy to criticize until you are in the position of having to make the REAL decision.

    March 19, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    It would be my worst nightmare, a horror story, a national disaster, but at least she would quit in three months!

    March 19, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Charles W. Gill II S.F.O.

    What a coincidence, I wrote a novel, The Presidency of Sarah Palin. When Bill Frank, Maria Smith, Betty Black, Ben Braska, Virginia Ann Polis, Caliente Faraón, Niles Youngman, and Sherry Rodriguez, came to Washington, they came with plans to make the world a better place for Free-Enterprise and rugged individualism. In the process, they visit the sites in and around Washington D.C. and learn about American Heritage. Bill Frank and Niles Youngman learn firsthand about the virtues of military life.

    As staffers for the Office of Management and Budget, they unleashed on the world, their nation, and themselves a force neither they, nor anyone else could control or conquer. In the midst of it all, they form lasting bonds of friendship and love that binds new marital relationships and shows the way forward in a chaotic new world. The Presidency of Sarah Palin is a political thriller. When the novel ends, the US has divided into Pacifica, Texas/Oklahoma, The Confederate States of the South, (With Slavery) The Confederate States of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, the Confederate States of the Great Lakes, and the Confederate States of the Great Plaines. Mexico invades Arizona and New Mexico and Canada invades Alaska.

    That is what I think will happen of Sarah Palin becomes president. The dividing issue is that requiring insurance of any kind becomes unconstitutional. That includes health care, unemployment insurance, Federal Insurance Contribution Act (Social Security) workers compensation, and more.

    March 19, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Tom Robb

    If Palin were president I'd serriously consider a life of crime.

    March 19, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. peace

    india she will make you guys a great prez please keep her. But she will quit if the money don"t come fast enough.

    March 19, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Ya know. Whether or not one agrees with Obama (I do on some things and don't on others), it's just ludicrous to say he hasn't got the creds, as the opposition–in this case, Ms. Palin–keep claiming. He has been a community organizer, a practicing lawyer for a dozen years, professor of constitutional law at one the country's most prestigious law schools, a three-term state senator in Illinois (where he was very active and very much admired, even across the aisle; at that time I lived in Illinois), and a US senator. Much more, in fact, than most of his predecessors.

    March 19, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Jack in Florida

    We would be the laughing stock of the World.....even more so that Bush.

    March 19, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. TPF

    OMG, That's the scariest thought I have ever heard in my entire life. If this would happened it would be the end of the United States of America as we have ever known it. Nuff Said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!

    March 19, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Rita

    I'm generally conservative, but it really frightens me that this nit-wit could become President!

    March 19, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Me

    In this particular case, she's right. Obama should have been much more decisive. The proper response would have been to engage Gadhafi's forces the moment he started killing civilian protesters. Decisiveness would have saved lives. People died while Obama procrastinated.

    March 19, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Denise

    "You can't necessarily trust the mainstream media to accurately report on your record…your values...." Typical Palin, always blaming everyone and everything else for her shortcomings and incompetence. She wouldn't be president as she is totally not electable. And besides, that would be a real job and she couldn't handle it.

    March 19, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Having this woman become President would be like giving a child a pack of matches to play with!

    March 19, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Brain User

    Sarah, Where are you going to get the money? Do you really want to spend $1Trillion dollars more of our tax money? If Libyans don't like it then leave. I don't recall getting even one "Thank You" for getting rid of Saddam Hussein. How many American Men and Women are you going to put in harms way with your violent rhetoric?

    March 19, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. David

    Arrogance is a deplorable characteristic in a person and that is all I see that Palin has to offer. I have never seen her praise anyone other than herself. Is it me or does the World seem to hate us less than when Bush was president?

    March 19, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. EddyL

    If this pinhead ever becomes president, it will mean the end of this country. How much plainer can I be?

    March 19, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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