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. Marie MD

    Shouldn't she be executed for treason? She is going to a foreign country to slam not just our elected officials but the President. The sweetheart of the AK independent party at her best.
    Hating the same people who have made her a reality TV star.

    March 19, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Rebecca

    Selling off the homeplace and preparing to move ANYWHERE if this dingbat runs and, God forbid, is elected.

    March 19, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. patnamm

    Very interesting... presenting your vision for America to Indians.

    March 19, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. ursula

    Obama "dithers"; Mrs. Palin "deliberates". She's still PO'd that the media DID get her views and record out. She thinks she can get elected via facebook, no debates, no media, just what her ghost writer comes up with. Calling media people "puppy kickers", "limp", "impotent", and saying the president has no testicles. Can you imagine the squeal like a stuck pig if someone said that this freak show had no ovaries?

    March 19, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    pretty classy of Palin to go overseas and badmouth our president less known her own party. When the Dixie Chicks did that to President Bush all the far righties wanted to run them out of the country. And by the way does Sarah realize that Libya is a MUSLIM nation? And since when have right wingers like her even cared what happened to Muslim people? They sure don't show it towards the good decent ones that live in the US. Some even go as far as to accuse our president of being one himself. Palin could care LESS about Libya, Egypt or any peoples over there as long as she can use it to be critcal of Obama. She has to have the easiest, high paying "job" in the country....be critcal of Obama and the Dems on everything they do and not have to offer solutions of your own.

    March 19, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Observer

    If Palin was president, it would even make Bush look more intelligent. Maybe that's his great hope to make history look more favorably on his miserable presidency.

    March 19, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Richard Wicker

    You are not president. You have no experience with the UN. What do you have experience in ( globally)? Please go back home.

    March 19, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Bob Ramos

    Obama realizes that the day that the USA is the world's policeman is past. Further, he realizes that had he acted alone againist Quadafi, we either would have been alone in this fight or would have had to bear the major burden (again) of the fight. What has actually happened is that the UN has issued its resolution and other countries have taken the lead in this fight and the burden of fighting is has not fallen to us. When Sarah says the result would have been different, is that really what even the right wing wackos such as Rush, Hannity and the like really want?

    March 19, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. patnamm

    For someone who claims to be tough... she wasn't tough enough to survive 4 years as a governor. What makes her think she can handle the job of the presidency?

    March 19, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Mike

    This quitter does not have enough room on her hand to put down all her crib notes if she were to become president. She becomes a bigger joke every time she opens her mouth. Go away already.

    March 19, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Tired of the nonsense

    IIf this pickled-brained moron EVER disgraced the office of president, then we the people would be S.O.L. We'd be up the very brown creek without the proverbial paddle. Basically, America would be screwed because this idiot would do more damage that even Bush did - and that would be VERY bad.

    March 19, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. bennie

    She is a total moron. If America is dumb enough to elect her then it gets what it deserves.

    March 19, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    This so awful Palin going to a foreign country and putting the president and the USA down Why in the world cant something be done to stop this mad woman. I guess our only hope is that the guy up above will put an end to her mouth and lies and he gets the american people to wake up and not vote for her.

    March 19, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. NC

    Sarah Palin has much more experience than obama will ever have. Sarah Palin was a mayor and governor of a state. obama was a liberal community organizer and a senator who voted present. She is a true American, who cares for this country. obama only cares for his bleeding heart liberal unions, who he panders to for votes. obama is a disgrace to our country, he must be voted out in 2012. Vote for the Republican in 2012. Vote to get our country back.

    March 19, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Nope

    Palin has become a pathetic sideshow. She matters about as much as Lindsey Lohan at this point.

    March 19, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. taco

    why hasn't CNN learned that if they don't pay attention to her, she will go away. Please CNN, enough already, quit putting her on any page.

    March 19, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Real Mike

    I wonder why so many here are filled with such rage....oh, right – CNN.
    All your hate makes me like her more.

    March 19, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Randy-Alaska

    Ha! Palin is a walking, living, breathing and unfortunately, speaking JOKE. I will not waste my time reading any of her statements. She is not even newsworthy. Kind of like Charlie Sheen in drag.

    March 19, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. never sleeps

    Because money buys the presidency in the USA, Palin quit her job as Gov. of AK so she could go out and get more money to buy the presidency in 2012.
    One of my biggest pet peeves is the length of the campaigns and she extended the length of her campaign by two years.
    Even if I agreed with any of her views, I will not only view her as a quitter but also a person who is willing to subvert laws and try to pull the wool over peoples eyes.

    March 19, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Flora

    If Palin becomes president, then I'm officially an expat.

    March 19, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. erin

    Land-oh-goshin!!! What is Ms. Palin doing talking to "elites" in India. I thought she didn't approve of or associate "elites." Gee, wonder how much they paid her? She is an embarrassment to our country, and I hope the people in India don't think she represents the majority of Americans.

    March 19, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. JP0

    It sounds like she has an itchy trigger finger, hardly prime Presidential material.

    March 19, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. carolae

    You're joking, right? This is something right out of Saturday Night Live. I'll give her one thing, she' persistent! She wasn't Governor material what makes you think she is Presidential material? She's a "wannabe" that doesn't stand a chance and has no idea of the commitment she will be making and what she has to give up. She should try working on being a mother, wife and grandmother....she can't even get that right!

    March 19, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. jj

    sarah palin is the political equivilant of paris hilton.

    March 19, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. America fell asleep

    Judging by the one comment made here about Obama being too rhetorical in his town hall meetings, I guess that just proves what I knew deep in my heart. There is a very very small % of people in this country that have absolutely no interest in listening to what an intelligent, well spoken, thoughtful President has to say, because they don't understand it and don't want to because it takes work... Pres Bush knew this and understood how to keep these < 20% as his base, by throwing out pablum and leaning on the podium. They don't want an intelligent President, they want someone they can drink a beer with and bash liberals,dems, and our government all day long while listening to Rush, Hannity and the rest of the vitrolic posse. Electorate, WAKE UP

    March 19, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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