Sarah Palin has the ‘fire in my belly’ for prez run
May 20th, 2011
10:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Sarah Palin has the ‘fire in my belly’ for prez run

(CNN) – Sarah Palin has given few indications in recent weeks she is still actively considering a presidential run, but the former Alaska governor said Thursday she has the “fire in my belly” to mount a bid for the White House.

Appearing on Fox News, where she serves as a contributor, Palin did not rule out the possibility that she could jump into the still-undefined Republican presidential field, though offered few specifics on where she is in her thought process.

"I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly," said Palin. "I'm so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012."

The comments come after two once-potential presidential hopefuls – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – announced they were forgoing a presidential run because their inner yearning for the job was not strong enough to endure an 18 month campaign.

Not so when it comes to Sarah Palin. Rather, for her, the decision comes down to a series of “practical” concerns.

"It's a matter for me for some practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made," Palin added, saying she is concerned about public scrutiny of members of her family.

"It's a matter for me for some practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made," she said. “One is, with a large family, understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and the sacrifices that have to be made on my children’s part in order to see their mama run for president.

"But yeah, the fire in my belly, it’s there. That’s kind of my problem - it’s such a roaring fire to preserve what is good about America," she added.

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  1. RB2

    I wish she would just stick to show biz.

    May 20, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! We will have 8 great years of unheard of prosperity and harmony under the most honest, truthful leader of this Earth. She is our messiah and savior who will completely fix this whole mess and create more jobs than ever before. Palin will usher in a new era of white conservative women presidents and vice-presidents. Men, minorities and liberals will never be president ever again. The entire political left around the world will be EXTINCT! No more socialism, communism, liberalism, progressivism, etc. China is going down and Palin will slay that evil red commie dragon. Jobs and money that China stole from us is returning to the Palination. The Palination is the real promised land of this earth.

    May 20, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. kevin

    I hope sarah gets the republician bid for many reasons. First it would ensure a second term for obama.....second it would bring back a lot of seats in the house and the senate considering that all of those republicans would have have to stand united behind her and talk about how "capable" she would be for the would be like 2008 all over again.....but she wont run because she would never win and she cares more about her speech tour and making money for herself....after the tea party has a crushing defeat in 2012 it will dissolve and sarah palin will just be a bad joke that everyone kind of remembers

    May 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Olaf Big

    Lovely! Here is the dream scenario: Sarah Palin for GOP, Tina Fey for people with common sense and a sense of humor. The presidential debate will be a riot.

    May 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. dt55805

    Run Sarah! Run! Please? Pretty please? Turn that fire into the crap that is. Obama is gonna go up in you all over the country. Please prove that the Republicans don't have a message, don't have solutions. Just fire to burn the country up like they've done since RR came in office and made it okay to be rich, white, dumb, and still be in contention for POTUS.

    May 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. chris

    Please do anyone really think this lady is about to give up the money she is getting right now? LOL...I mean we all saw what Huckbee did, he kept his money. LOL This lady is not that stupid....

    May 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    She is not running

    May 20, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Ron

    If Sarah were to run and win, she would most likely be the first president to serve 2 years of her term and quit, just like in Alaska. She brings a new meaning to "term limits".

    May 20, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. SkidsMomma

    @Peter...well said.

    May 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Keven

    "Fire in her belly" to make CASH !!!! Money for interviews, appearances, RUN $$$ SARAH $$$ RUN $$$

    May 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Murf

    Whew, I don't know what I'd do without my daily dose of Sarah. Life is worth living again!

    May 20, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Peter Zheutlin

    This article says Palin "offered few specifics on where she is in her thought process." That's because there is no thought process.

    May 20, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Retired Army in San Antonio

    I really hope that she runs.

    She'd really mess up the entire Republican primaries if she did (LOL) !

    May 20, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    you know no one likes you to be a US president.

    May 20, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. al in memphis

    It call heartburn, don't let it go to your head. Ordinarily I'm all for achieving the impossible, but we can not elect you to be president unless there are other position above you. One would be to actually run the country, the other would be to undo some of the messes you would created.

    That's just too much work.

    May 20, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Jamie from Riverside

    How does she expect to get through a serious presidential campaign if she continutes her pathetic efforts to demonize the "lamestream media" and refuse interviews, except to her FOX buddies? Did she not see how well that sort of campaign worked for her fellow sob-sisters, Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell?

    May 20, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Barbara

    fire in her belly...LOL
    That would be hysterical...hope she runs so we have more good laughs!

    May 20, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Palin Power

    President Palin will completely clean and purify the corruption in Washington with the Power of God Herself! She will wipe the DEMS into Extinction and clean the GOP into a party that is truly for the people. Palin will restore the govt back to the people and restore honor, integrity and dignity. Palin is our savior, messiah and salvation.

    May 20, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. James in Madison

    2 sides to this: with $arah being a complete political hack and sideshow, the comedy that would come out of her actually attempting to gain the nomination would be off the charts. Unprecedented comedy, the best sitcom writers couldn't dream up the stuff that we'd witness with her actually trying to fake it as a legitimate candidate. From a personal standpoint, I hope it happens because I love to laugh.

    On the flip side: this country would be seen as an even bigger laughingstock internationally, than we already are. You think this country has perception problems abroad now? Wait until this embarrassing twit actually is presented as someone who is fit to lead the country. It would be very damaging to our reputation.

    May 20, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Phil

    Palin/Octo Mom 2012!

    May 20, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Al

    Fire in her belly and bats in her belfry.

    May 20, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Sarah P. Please RUN,RUN, away from anybody. we don't like you

    May 20, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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