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. kt

    we all know that we are in the situation were in because we gave up our technology etc. if you are smart you would know that the japanese cars are american cars etc. we dont produce anything hear either because we wanted too cheap so corporate america moved. we just cant go bomb libya or any other country without thinking. financially we cant afford the two wars were fighting now. american people are lucky we have not suffered the pain of war having to rebuild the whole country, we are lucky that our natural disasters have not been throughout our land. we too would then have universal health care. i wish the politicians would stop trying to make our country so different when in essence we are the same. only difference is the dead presidents on our currency. and palin needs to learn history most of us americans dont know our own history and make comments that are just ignorant.

    March 19, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Phillip Bunn

    If Palin were President we would all perish from trickle down stupidity. What she really needs is for someone to cram a snowball in her mouth and one in her butt and rotate them every ten minutes.

    March 19, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Palin, you didn't lose in 2008 "because of the media."

    You lost because people who would have voted Republican saw an old crotchety, spineless man at the top of the ticket – and it scared them you-know-whatless thinking he could die and YOU would be Prez!

    For someone who claims to be so tough, she sure as can't handle the ugly truth about herself ...

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

    "new civility" is displayed in some of these asinine comments.Obama has done more in 2 years to divide this country than any President since Nixon. I try and keep an open mind in forums such as this one, but it's very hard to do when faced with people who are yelling their own arguments, that they cannot possibly listen to another point of view.

    March 19, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. jean

    Well, she certainly made a good impression, didn't she? There she is, in a major foreign county, an ally of the US and she says the President is an inexperienced ditherer, the Republican party are a bunch of sheep and she is the only one who is right! As usual. Yessiree bob, it would certainly be different if she had been elected!! No doubt about that. All this from a woman who could only manage two years as governor of a sparsely settled state consisting of only six hundred thousand people before quitting. Even though her husband was heavily involved as co-governor as evidenced from many e-mails that passed through his hands, she still couldn't hack it. Who let her out of the country anyhow?

    March 19, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Tim

    Does this woman not realize that she's loathed in the US? We aren't going to elect someone with her extreme lack of intelligence

    March 19, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    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.

    Very well said, thanks!

    March 19, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Kevin

    When, oh when will it ever be enough of this dolt? Not soon enough for me. I honestly believe the woman has never had a single, original good idea or even suggestion to help this country. It's nothing but hate, divisiveness, vitriol and lies. Palin, Schmay-Lin.

    March 19, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. J. Jackson

    As a Republican, I can honestly say, this woman is a JOKE.

    March 19, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Rachael

    If she runs for president, it doesn't matter. What matters is her choice of vice-president, because that's who we'll be stuck with after, like, two weeks.

    March 19, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. dpct

    If Sarah were President, we would be at war with every nation that dared to have a different world view that her.

    March 19, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Cindy

    Obama dithering? The followup question should've been, so what does she think of her hosts? India abstained the UNSC vote.

    March 19, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We're at war in Afghan and now involved in Libya and it is an act of treason for Palin or anyone to go to a foreign country and speak negative about our President and the people of the U.S. She has committed treason as well as being a traitor.

    March 19, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Yet you know that if we were spending the potential billions of dollars of support to the Libyans she'd be bitchin about Obama giving away our tax dollars

    March 19, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. John

    No Way!! That woman will never become President!!

    March 19, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. David

    The Tea Party is a movement alright, a bowel movement. Palin as President. OMG....she talks about the President should have been more decisive. I hate politicians like her who think quick decisions that are not thought out as being a good leader. So she would have instantly just handed out guns and missiles to anyone who says they were against Gadhafi. Opps, we accidently gave weapons to Al Qaeda and next week they use those same weapons on American soil (because we made a kneejerk decision). Her response would be: Well I got the right weapons to SOME of the right people, so we made a difference "You betcha".

    March 19, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Larry

    ...then she would have already quit.

    March 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Palin doesn't realize that the main reason she was invited was so Indian leaders could judge for themselves just how stupid she is.

    They will then make a calculated decision to support either:

    1. Her opponents (thanks to the Citizens United case Chief Justice Roberts brought before the court, foreign corporations can now secretly influence our elections), having judged her more ignoratn than beyond their wildest imaginings.

    2. Call up Karl Rove and if he says he can handle her as he handled George W Bush, support her campaign.

    Either way, she's being played – and is too dumb to notice.

    March 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Dianne, IL

    All she knows how to do is get herself into headlines. She is an "entertainer" in the hateful way of LImgaugh. She throws out silly, little comments that mean nothing because she is a nobody. Truly, what has she done of value for her state or the country? One could argue that she is detrimental to the country. But that would take too much time and she is not worth it. Now if only the media would refuse to cover her until she actually does something real.

    March 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Endgame65

    Is this what we've come to? Palin for President? I may call myself and Republican, maybe more Independent based on certain viewpoints, but I feel Palin is just what America doesn't need. She claims Republicans have the fighting instincts of sheep? Pfft, I would think someone who has more fighting instinct would stick around and complete their elected position instead of going around for a higher paying speaking job.

    March 19, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. josh

    this great nation does not deserve that.

    March 19, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. JF

    If she were president, she would be the American equivalent to some combination of Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Silvio Berlusconi... a loud, angry but ultimately impotent saber rattler whose corruption and cronyism made the country a laughing stock in the developing world.

    March 19, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Shannon

    If Palin was President, the nation would be a third world country. She says it's tradition not to critisize the President on foreign soil, and then does just that. She speaks of freedom fighters in Libya, but in truth, we know nothing about who these people are. Every time she opens her mouth she shows her ignorance. The most annoying thing about her, is her constant cry that she is a victim of something. She blames everyone else for her own mistakes, man up $arah, you are victim of your own stupidity, and that is it.

    March 19, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Carlton

    I would be just another idiot leading this country!!!

    March 19, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. sodakhic

    Wow, Q&A was great. At least ten questions in that half hour segment.Took Obama 17 minutes to answer one question at town hall. People were falling asleep. Palin is a great ambassador for America. Obama is an ambassador for himself. She showed today, in front of a crowd of 3,000 international skeptics, that she is a viable possible choice for, we the people. I'm sure Bibi and Sarah will hit it off, big time, in Israel..

    March 19, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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