Palin takes wait-and-see approach to 2012 race
June 2nd, 2011
07:59 PM ET
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Palin takes wait-and-see approach to 2012 race

Seabrook, New Hampshire (CNN) – It’s become increasingly clear during the first leg of her “One Nation” bus tour that Sarah Palin plans to delay making a decision about entering the presidential race as long as she possibly can.

While other Republicans have already assembled full-blown campaign operations or formally declared their candidacies, Palin continues to suggest that a final verdict about the race could come as late as this fall.

“Why should everybody jump in there right now and start beating each other up in the primary process, showing the other guys our playbook already?” Palin told reporters Thursday evening at a clambake in the New Hampshire town of Seabrook. “Why should we do such a thing? There is plenty of time for that.”

Palin disputed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s recent demand that uncertain potential candidates “get off the sideline” and join the race so Republicans can begin to figure out which candidate is best positioned to defeat President Obama.

“It’s too early,” she said earlier in the day, during a tour of historic sites in Boston. “That is one thing that I disagree with Pawlenty on is him believing that it all needs to happen right now. I think he says that because that was his strategy, but I obviously don’t follow anybody’s strategy and just don’t go with the flow in the conventional way of doing things.”

Palin, of course, made waves throughout the 2010 midterm season by endorsing conservative candidates in Republican primaries with the rationale that difficult and extended primary fights are healthy for democracy.

She had a somewhat different outlook on Thursday.

“There will time to be in there duking it out and debating,” she said. “But at this point, I think there is agreement on the basic message from most of the candidates in the GOP. And that message is, our nation can’t afford four more years of a big government agenda.”

- On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    She's OBSESSED with the media spotlight. That's what her desperate bus trip has been all about. She's pathetic.

    June 2, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin's "wait and see" approach is to wait and see if the economy and deficit is off the table because if it's still on the table Palin will say "see ya" because she has nothing to offer but street thug talk. But then again, when you're limited, that's what you can learn on any American street corner, a bunch of thugs talking incoherent about absolutely nothing.

    June 2, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Just moved to Arizona

    Sarah, please leave us alone.

    June 2, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Indy

    She will put it off until the last minute because she has no plans of runnng and she knows she has no chance of conning the majority into believing she has anything near what is required to do the toughest job in America.Palin is a fraud and her so called experience is a fraud,her resume is filled with lies and she will continue to have her lavish lifestyle paid for by people that are stupid enough to send her money or buy her books

    June 2, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. john bonds

    just love X governor palin leave her alone she will single handed destroy the republican primary and any hope of making a run at the presidency, she will surely benefit her and her families finance standing, just like a republican.

    June 2, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |