Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: 'This family has been tested'
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May 31st, 2011
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Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: 'This family has been tested'

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Todd Palin told a handful of reporters Tuesday that his wife will decide on her own whether or not to seek the presidency. He is not pushing her one way or the other, he said.

But he emphasized that if the former Alaska governor does choose to embark on another national campaign, he and their children will be ready.

"This family has been tested," Palin said. "When people talk about how she was just plucked up out of Wasilla, you have to look at her career. Every step in her career is another step for the family, and we were prepared.

"These kids grew up around the mayor of small town," he added. "Local politics is in your face every day. It's not like you get on a plane and fly to D.C. or Juneau."

The normally-reserved Palin opened up about his family for a few moments after he and Sarah pulled over their "One Nation" bus at Coffee Express, a charming café in the central Pennsylvania town of Dillsburg.

Palin said there is a list of "pros and cons" that the family is weighing. "But this country, we have to get back on the right track," he said.

Echoing his wife's earlier declarations that the presidential field will take time to settle, Todd Palin said she has time to make up her mind.

The race is "a long ways away," he said - a calculation that is sure to be disputed by other Republicans who are already laying presidential groundwork in key early caucus and primary states.

"It's up to her what she decides to do," Palin said. "I am not pushing her either way. It's her decision."

He said Palin has no plans to invite reporters onto their tour bus for gab sessions, in the style of John McCain's 'Straight Talk Express' bus from the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

"It's a different scenario," he said. "She's employed by Fox."

The Palins began day three of their much-hyped bus tour by ducking reporters to tour the battlefields at Gettysburg before making their way toward Philadelphia.

At the café in Dillsburg, they bought a few mid-morning cups of coffee and visited with a pair of locals who were caught off guard by the swarm of media that trailed them into the tiny shop.

She also took several questions from reporters, as she has done at nearly every stop on the tour, including one about ethanol subsidies, a controversial topic she will surely confront if she competes in the Iowa caucuses.

Fiscal conservatives oppose the subsidies an expensive federal handout, but Iowa's agriculture-fueled economy has depended on them for years.

Palin said she opposes energy subsidies, a statement that would put her at odds with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the putative frontrunner for the GOP nomination, but in line with another candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

"I think that all of our energy subsidies need to be re-looked at today and eliminated," she said. "And we need to make sure that we're investing and allowing our businesses to invest in reliable energy products right now that aren't going to necessitate subsidies, because bottom line, we can't afford it."

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    Yes, tested and LOST, then tested again and QUIT. Great track record huh!

    May 31, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. shoegazer

    "First dude Todd"has spoken but I don't know if he said anything.

    May 31, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. The Other Dale

    It's obvious she is has no interest in running, she's just looking for those final dimes and nickles from the suckers before they realize what a fraud she is.

    May 31, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    I grew up in a town the size of Wasilla, and, with all due respect, you can't expect people to take that as a meaningful resume builder unless she had done something really innovative while mayor. She did not nothing, except hire a lobbyist and hit up Ted Stevens for earmarks like a hockey arena. She played the game of Alaska poliics very well, which is to scream about Washington on one hand , and then get the feds to cough up more money.

    May 31, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Alex

    To Todd,

    Please grow a pair...and tell your women to shut her trap. The whole world can clearly see who where the pants in this family.

    May 31, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. harry

    just the thought of her running for Presidency....? God save America.

    May 31, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Idesign

    Sarah is right on the issues. She's making the media look like the fools they are!

    May 31, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Right, because the only thing that matters is your family, not what is going on with families all across America.
    "Me me me." – Sarah's campaign slogan.

    May 31, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Tom in NY

    Yeah, well so, they test bug spray, and yet we still have roaches crawling around in various locales.

    May 31, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. jarhead

    She meant re-examined and evaluated. I just know this.

    May 31, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. carrotroot

    I'm pretty sure Romney is going to write an Op-ed in a few months where he will make the case for ending ethanol subsidies. he is only supporting the subsidies now because it's the only way he can get someone in Iowa to vote for him.

    May 31, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Kathy

    Can we actually get pictures of Palin on the bus...not just getting off a private plane, taking a limo to the bus, and then getting on the bus only to get off when the cameras are rolling. Also, who is taking care of her mentally handicapped child. Oh, thats right, he only get pulled out when she wants the sympathy vote.

    May 31, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. zin

    liberals expose themselves when dealing with Palin. crass, intolerant, hateful, hypocrites. i do find it amusing when the rare christian dem plays the Jesus card on repubs, as if he opened abortion clinics and opposed teaching a man to fish for himself. He was neither dem nor repub, anyone who says otherwise is willfully ignorant. now, let the crass jerry springer crowd pile on Palin, heaping endless attention on someone they hope would go away hahaha, totally logical. i just wish they had new, original, and funny criticisms about her. u guys are just boring now. too predictable. try harder

    May 31, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Expat

    Will this idiot just accept she is a loser. Lipstick on a pig who puts it on neo-con dipsticks!

    May 31, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Sandi

    Sarah and her family need to turn the bus around and go back home...CNN needs to stop giving her the attention that she loves to loath. II cannot take another "political year" of Palin. Is she a soccer mom, a mama grizzly or a barracuda? Hmmm, I do believe she's really a "pain-in-the-kees-ta"!

    May 31, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. DA

    The Palins are not going to give up the money and the attention they are getting right now. You people are nut's to think this lady who basically, has come form nothing and now has attention, money, and a group of folks actually listening to her will give all that up and knowing no one is going to vote for her? NOT!!! LOL

    May 31, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. juliei4

    I didn't read this article because I don't read about any of the Palin family and I turned off John King yesterday when I found he was following Palin around like a little puppy dog. Why CNN? Why? What was Mitt doing for Memorial Day? How about Newt? How about Ron Paul? How about Michelle Bachman? Jeez – if you are on that bandwagon you have lost a devoted viewer.

    May 31, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    How do you get a family ready for the obscene, rude and inappropriate treatment liberals feel they have to give here?
    Just because a person wants to serve in politics ( and has received by the way hundreds of millions of votes already in the 2008 election), this is no reason for the trash liberals have thrown at them.

    I hope Sarah Palin runs as a candidate in 2012 but if she does I commend her and her family for their fortitude.

    May 31, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Stand Up

    It's easy to see one of many reasons Gov. Palin is such a strong caring woman. She has a strong, caring and loving family that supports her along with millions of other people.

    The more the left hates this woman the more I really like her!

    May 31, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. RF

    Did Todd ride on the back of a Harley too? Neither one can ride a bike but they showed up at a Motorcycle rally. Tell me it wasn't a political event for them. Shameless twits the whole family!

    May 31, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Jay

    I wish we could get the average IQ of people who support her. I'm sure she thanks you idiots – I mean supporters – for all the money she's now making and publicity her family is enjoying.

    May 31, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Gloria

    I cannot imagine anything worse than having to listen to S.P. on the campaign trail. It was awful enough when she ran for V.P. She has absolutely no credentials; she quit her governorship and the way it sounds, she didn't do much of anything to better either Wasilla or her homestate of Alaska.

    I'd like to know more about Todd's involvement with that organization in favor of seceeding from the U.S. and his wife's involvement as well.

    May 31, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. GOP-Tea Party Radical Social Engineering to Kill Grandma Medicare

    Palin said she opposes energy subsidies!

    Does that mean that Palin is opposed to subsidies and tax deductions & corporate tax loopholes to BIG OIL CORPORATIONS and GE?

    GE did NOT pay any TAXES in 2009 and the BIG OIL Corporations are making record breaking profits & high CEO pay all on the backs of hard working middle class Americans...with gas prices skyrocking!!!

    May 31, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Palin Power

    BEHOLD our next 1st family! The Palin family is SUPERIOR to the Obozo family! This country and the whole world needs President Sarah Palin. Only she has the power to completely fix our broken system and restore faith into our govt back to the people! Palin is the supreme and ultimate leader and being that the world will look up to. Palin is validation that women make superior leaders and presidents over men.

    May 31, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    Zin.......huh? Why are you bringing the "Jesus" card into it when it's the GOP that constantly claims to have the religious authority to tell everyone what to do and how to live their lives? Palin is an attention-hungry egotist who has no intention (unfortunately because she would get slaughtered in the election) of running. She wants $ and people to pay attention to her. It's really pathetic. I personlly WANT her to get the nomination as do all thinking people. It would be epic to watch her fail

    May 31, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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