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. Robrob

    "It would have been different."

    Yeah, President Palin would have immediately invaded Liberia.

    March 19, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Rondo

    Being a governor means having more experience than this vacation taking community organizer. Remember, if we pass the Stimulus, unemployment will stay below 8% . It shot up to 10% right after that. Now we all owe a trillion for that blunder(the interest brings it to 1.161 Trillion)

    March 19, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. James

    Sarah Palin would be better than the disaster we have in office right now, but then again George Costanza would be better than Barack Obama......

    March 19, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Bill

    Being a governor means having more experience than this vacation taking community organizer. Remember, if we pass the Stimulus, unemployment will stay below 8% . It shot up to 10% right after that. Now we all owe a trillion for that blunder(the interest brings it to 1.161 Trillion)

    March 19, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Donny

    Palin is a sophomoric idiot and an embarrassment to this nation. Her snarky comments say more about her than they do about her intended target.

    March 19, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. rondo

    If you don't love our loser president, cnn will not show your comment.

    March 19, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Ron

    If Palin was President that would be a sign that the end of the world was upon us.

    March 19, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. TM

    She has all the judgement and experience of a drunk at a bar. Fueled with bluster and testosterone, but not one bit of ability. If she HAD any ability she would not have QUIT one of the EASIEST political jobs in the country. She has no place criticizing someone now holding the TOUGHEST job in the country. Palin is echoing the same EMPTY bravado that LIED us into a war in Iraq. Palin needs to learn that as a COWARD at the back of the pack, she is no entitled to comment on those who LEAD.

    March 19, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Indy

    There was a time or two when this "Tough" disgraced Governor did not dither. She was called by a Canadian radio personality that was pretending to be Sarkozy and she fell for the prank hook, line and sinker and that is what you get for not being smart enough to figure out who you are talking to before speaking "Foreign Affairs" on a comedic radio show. Palin was also approached by another Canadian comedian in costume, and Palin offerd her vision of Canada giving up their Government healthcare. Palin is a joke around the world and cannot tell the difference between comedians and real world leaders. Tough people do not quit 5 colleges or quit your elected position after 1. 5 years of a four year term

    March 19, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. jill

    The 1/2 Governor is a mental midget. I hope she runs for POTUS. What a gift to the Dems. Do it, quitter!

    March 19, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Oy Vey Az

    In the Twilight Zone maybe.

    March 19, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. jim in indy

    that is the scariest thought in the history of mandkind

    March 19, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. james madison

    All I can say is that the world truly will end in 2012 if she becomes president....

    So far Obama had done a 100% better job than Bush and Trump can buy whatever he wants...but he won't be able to buy his way into the white house.

    You people forget...if it wasn't for Obama- you'd be standing in food lines waiting for your supper right about now.....

    March 19, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Chris

    The dithering by our President has resulted in a unified attack on Libya Ms. Palin. Just because our President isn't acting as quickly as you want him to, doesn't mean he isn't acting upon a plan that has been in the works, unbeknownst to you, thank goodness. Go back to Alaska and leave the rest of us alone.

    March 19, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Mach4

    Beautiful nonsense, that's all she is.

    March 19, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Yukon John

    As a Canuck I have a few different opinions than many of you Yankees but the vast majority of the time I think you're a great, great country and a super neighbour. I'd go to the wall any day for you all. I think you're Founding Fathers were some of the best thinkers ever on this planet. However if Palin ever got elected POTIUS I'd have to say that I'd hang my head in shame at being your neighbour. She is the exact opposite of the Founding Fathers.

    Don't think that will happen though. Some of you folks may toy with the idea but on the whole you're all just too smart to let that happen. It sure will be nice when she goes away. Be kind to my neighbours in Alaska too. They didn't have any idea she'd turn out the way she did.

    March 19, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. deb

    I'm so glad to see a few conservatives denounce this idiot! Thank God some republicans don't have their heads in the sand about the nut! The woman is a complete moron -opportunist, egotistic, divisive, hateful, evil! She has no conscience or scruples at all. Please people...Republic, Democrat or Independent...do NOT vote this nut into office!

    March 19, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Gene Carr

    Had Obama not dithered and imposed a no-fly zone earlier, many lives would have been saved.

    March 19, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Mary J

    I like having a president that doesn't rush into war while giving the UN and the rest of the world the middle finger. He realizes he can't just do whatever in the heck he wants in the world theatre. Since the beginning of this administration, they have worked hard to rebuild respect from the rest of the world that was greatly tarnished in the years before. To act recklessly would undermine all of their efforts. Palin makes Bush look like Einstein.

    March 19, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. scroggins

    This is really embrassing. Palin should be ashamed of herself. I know that the people of India are laughing their butts off. so so sad

    March 19, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Wow, I just read all the comments, associated with this article. Not one, I repeat NOT one comment had a favorable view. Was it the way the article was put together? Doesn't appear so. Seems straight forward to me! Why do others in the GOP-Tea Party seem to think that it's popular Palin's 'proven unsuccessful' talking points? That question needs to be answered.

    March 19, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. kman

    The media should be all over this one. You go to a foreign country and talk trash about your own country. WOW! Then you state that it is an American tradition not to do that. Why are you in India talking about trash about your own country.

    March 19, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. galileo

    The Japanese are thinking, an Eathquake, a Tsunami, A Volcano and 6 potential reactors melting down... It could be worse Sarah Palin could be running for President of Japan. At least this we can survive.

    March 19, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. kman

    She brings negative media attention to herself.

    March 19, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Tom Tx

    Honestly, this women's opinion of herself is so twisted and distorted. She truly has some sort of delusional impression of what people think of her. "Simple in the head" with no clue as to how to govern is not presidential; she's merely a cheerleader. So sick of her rants. Why in hell would any country listen to her? Does she really have a passport now?

    March 19, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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