Palin mum on run in latest stop
May 30th, 2011
11:04 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin mum on run in latest stop

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin remained coy about her presidential intentions during a visit Monday to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. as part of her "One Nation" bus tour.

The former Alaska governor said she is "still kind of contemplating a run," but was optimistic about Republicans' chances of winning back the White House in 2012.

"I think any Republican candidate is very, very electable," Palin said. "I think Americans are ready for true change. Change to get our country on the right track."

Her bus tour started Sunday with a stop at the "Rolling Thunder" rally on the National Mall. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee later visited the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial, according to her website. Over the next few days she is scheduled to make stops at historic sites in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

But she pushed back on the idea that the bus is a sign she's running for president.

"This isn't a campaign bus," Palin said. "This is a bus to be able to express to America how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested in all that is good about America and to remind ourselves we don't need to fundamentally transform America, we need to restore what's good about America."

Along with her husband Todd and daughters Bristol and Piper, Palin is expected to head to the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Monday, continuing to spread her message on Memorial Day.

"The mission that we're on is to highlight America's foundation and that's a nice thing that we're getting to do, bring the family along for the ride but making sure the people are aware of where America came from," Palin said.

- CNN's Greg Clary contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Michael

    If someone ask her about where America came from she won't be able to give a firm answer.........

    May 30, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |

    She can win all she has to do is run. No one but his proteges would vote for Obama again. No one wants to starve to death.

    May 30, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Joan

    Just as Trump did, she is sucking the air out of the Republican's message right now. Romney, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Bachmann and others must just be livid because she is getting all the attention. It is kind of bewildering and speaks to the shallow pool of Republican candidates that Palin can garner so much of the media coverage. It also speaks to the shallow coverage of the whole political spectrum by the media.

    May 30, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. FM

    Sarah's office is always on the street. Having a chair, table and people coming into her room to see her, will always remain just a dream.

    May 30, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. GI Joe

    The next time she's on TV, close your eyes and JUST LISTEN.

    May 30, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Lost in Texas Forever

    Sarah Palin is the first to complain about the media but she ALWAYS loves to be in front of the cmaera. She loves attention which is why she has yet to make a commitment on a POTUS run. You guys stop giving her so much coverage and watch what happens.


    if you are starving to death under President Obama, the fault is YOURS not his. Besides didn't old Newty say he was the 'foodstamp president"? more whining from the right.

    May 30, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. works4me

    "I think any Republican candidate is very, very electable," Palin said. "I think Americans are ready...
    Problem is she doesn't think... never has, never will. She can repeat what she's been coached just like the GOParrot she really is. This woman and her sheer lack of intelligence or even intellectual curiosity is embarrassing to America.
    How about spending some time for some other potential candidates there CNN. Just why are you so obsessed with her? She's purely National Enquirer readers only.

    May 30, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Chris

    When you laugh at the idea of Sarah Palin running for office, remember that this is the Republican Party you are placing so much faith in– the same party that sold the Repubs on Wisconsin on Scott Walker, the party that promotes Paul Ryan’s budget plan, the party that gave us two terms of George W Bush. This is the party that continually gets Americans to vote against their own economic interest and liberty. Is there anything the Republican Party can’t sell to their own base?

    May 30, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. annie s

    "Making sure the people are aware of where America came from? " Huh?

    May 30, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    At least my favorite Governor drove the Harley and did not just ride on the back. Love me some Ann Richards!! One very proud Harley driving grandma!!

    May 30, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. SOLID C

    Palin is nothing but an opportunistic, money hungry, ignorant devil!!

    May 30, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. GI Joe

    The woman is an idiott. Most 4th graders know more than she does.

    May 30, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Donny

    She's not going to run – she couldn't even finish out her elected term as governor of the least populated state in the country. Being President requires hard work, and Palin shows daily that she's not up to the task. There's no room in her agenda for working for the good of the country, she's too consumed with promoting sarah palin to worry about the pesky problems facing this nation. Besides, there's no way she's giving up that generous paycheck from fox...being the president doesn't pay enough for the attention hound.

    May 30, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Indy

    Just be thankful every day that McCain did not win, between the two of them they would have started a war with every country they could and there would have been no recovery in the economy. Palin has no record to stand on or one single policy that would help the country and she will never ever gain support past her base, she will always have her little fan base but to gain new support you have to have your own ideas and some experience and she has neither. The five colleges and being a bad mayor and the worst Alaskan Governor in history will not suffice.

    May 30, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. FactCheck

    She can win all she has to do is run.

    Oh yes, please do run. I am voting for her in the primaries... Obama wouldn't even have to run a campaign as his re-election would be a lock. She would remove Mondale from the record books as the candidate with the smallest number of electoral votes.

    May 30, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. GI Joe

    She'll speak for $$$$$ until her bank account is padded enough to pay for her "compound" in Arizona.

    She knows she would fail, and that cuts of her $$$$$. SHE'S TOO CHICKEN TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA AND REAL PEOPLE.

    May 30, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. BinWasilla

    People here in Alaska, especially Wasilla where I liive and she is from, would not elect this woman to scoop up dog droppings much less do anything with the government. As a matter of fact many people here in Alaska are amazed at how many people elsewhere still buy into this Harpy's idiocy and haven't seen through her yet.

    May 30, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. allens

    did not think it was possible, but the iq in washington just got lower with palins visit. the only other thing that could lower the iq in washington, is craig huey being elected to congress for so cal

    May 30, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Shoreline

    So the McCainenstein Monster and her secessionist husband go to Gettysburg “to highlight America's foundation.”

    Talk about the definition of irony.

    May 30, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. PNWjim

    total fact..........Our President is still trying to fix what Bush screwed up. The border is safer and more illegals are being sent home ,crime down,financal sect is smoothing out,more jobs[which I remind you is the only reason the teaparty freshman were elected and they have not done one thing towards that goal] no. 1 terrorist dead and his organization in shambles,ect.
    TOTAL TRUTH........Palin can not even win her own partys nomination and her own will eat her up in any debates. And when Hillary [a TRUE woman leader] and Biden switch positions........who will beat OBAMA/CLINTON.

    May 30, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. maxiquai

    SHE IS NOT GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.Just another stunt to promote herself , she saw it worked Donald Trump, so now it is her turn to take a go at it

    May 30, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Don

    I cannot imagine the Republican Party will have Palin running against Obama. It could be a debacle for them, and for us as a nation. Although I am a liberal and certainly hope for an Obama victory, I think we need a dialog during the next presidential run. It would be good for the nation, both parties, and for Obama especially since he so willing to listen to others.

    A Palin campaign would take the breath...the life out of an election and substitute it for pure voyeuristic carnival. We don't need any more carnivals, but we really need reasoned debate. Here is hoping that the Republican candidate will be more centrist and serious, able to describe and discus his vision for our nation.

    A Palin victory would actually probably cause an exodus. I'm 58, have worked all my life and love my home; I couldn't live in a nation governed by Palin.

    May 30, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Pat

    Sarah Palin is the best thing going for the Obama election in 2012.

    May 30, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    Since President Obama took office, the stock market has skyrocketed, GDP turned around (from MINUS 6.2%) jobs went from 750,000 LOST per month to steady gains.

    But palin says: "we need to restore what's good about America." Does she mean morally, such as when people got married before having babies? Really, who can figure what she means??

    To all sensible people, I apologize for commenting on palin. Generally, I figure, Ignore her and she'll go away. Commenting just encourages CNN to run more palin stories.

    May 30, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Just Me

    Palin NEVER got over her VP lost. She NEVER got over McCain not letting her speak on Election night. She never got over her bitterness over her Couric interview. In her delusional one brain cell mind, she thinks that she is qualified to be POTUS even though she sounds and comes off like a idiot to most of us. God help this girl. There got to be a pill for grand delusions. Somebody needs to slip it in her tea since that her favorite drink as of late.

    May 30, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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