Palin: Timing of New Hampshire visit 'coincidental'
June 2nd, 2011
09:36 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin: Timing of New Hampshire visit 'coincidental'

Boston (CNN) - Sarah Palin said Thursday her decision to appear in New Hampshire on the very same day Mitt Romney is announcing his 2012 presidential campaign there is purely a coincidence, not meant to step on the former Massachusetts governor's big day.

"I think that's exciting for him, that's great for him," Palin told reporters at her Boston hotel before touring historical sites along the city's Freedom Trail. "It's coincidental that we are in the same territory at the same time, but more power to Mitt as he mounts his campaign and best of luck to him."

News leaked late yesterday that Palin is organizing a clambake for Thursday evening along the New Hampshire seacoast, just minutes from the Stratham farm where Romney plans to officially announce his second presidential bid.

New Hampshire holds the first primary in the Republican presidential nominating process, and Romney is counting on a strong showing in the early state to vault him to the nomination.

Palin also addressed her lengthy meeting at Fox News on Thursday and speculation that she might be jeopardizing her lucrative television contract by ramping up her political activity.

Palin said she met with Fox News president Roger Ailes. She told reporters that she did not offer to resign.

"I did get to speak to Roger Ailes, and we always have great conversations," Palin said.

Following yesterday's meeting, a network executive said of Palin: "Right now there is no change in her status with Fox News."

She said not to read too much into the meeting.

"Any time we get to New York I like to hop in and say hi to the folks there who work so extremely hard and get to see some of the hosts and some of the reporters," Palin said before hopping into an SUV.

– 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 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Sarah Palin
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    SUUUUURE it's coincidental. Like she can stand the media spotlight on anyone else but her.

    June 2, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. John

    What a liar.

    June 2, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Any of YOU get family vacations paid for by taxpayers?

    June 2, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Sniffit


    June 2, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Shawn

    She's disgusting. The fact that some right-wing fringers LIKE this wreck shows how truly desperate and delusional they have become. However, I DO hope she's the Republican nominee. Obama would sail to the biggest reelection landslide in US history.

    June 2, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    As I keep pointing out, she still works for Fox News Channel. She is traveling Fox News producer and cameraman. This "family vacation" is just what she says it is, a family vacation. It cannot be anything any different. To suddenly announce a campaign casts this excursion into a very different light, which would in violation of FEC rules. That is why she was called on the carpet by Roger Ailes. Stay tuned if you have nothing better to do.

    June 2, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. jack

    I gues it was just a coincidence that you organized a clam bake just up the road on the same day too. If you were only a Pinochio, your nose could be measured in feet.

    June 2, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Debi

    Taking bets: I am betting that Palin announces her run for president within 2 days of Bachmann. She is so self-centered that she would not be able to stand the spotlight being off her for more than a minute.
    She just has to wait as long as possible because she does not want to give up her lucrative, well-paid job at Fox.

    I am still asking myself why the 'lame stream media' gives this woman any air time.... John King said it best, because if they don't they will get slammed for it... if they do, they get slammed for following her around. I think CNN needs to stop giving this star seeking nutjob air time. I want Obama to win against a legitimate candidate.

    June 2, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. John

    I would believe any thing Saran Palin say ,because she all Lie. She there for the Media ,because they are going to be a lot there. Even If she won't talk to them she till In the news. If Saran Palin run for President and who ever vote for her need there brain check, because you are a IDIOT. And you Saran Palin Pac people I hope you like The House you pay for her. What are you IDIOT going yo pay for next a summer home.

    June 2, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Everything Palin is doing on this tour is calculated and self-serving with an intent to steal the media attention. Fox news is complicit in her media circus tour of self promotion.

    June 2, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. skponggol

    American journalists have been lying to the people that Palin likes to avoid the media. Yet this tour show that Palin has been very accessible, answering any and every questions being asked. With so many journalists competing to report the news real-time, these American journalists can no longer resort to their old tricks to smear the Palin family.

    June 2, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. bb

    Skip New Hampshire, Palin...and just go AWAY!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    I would strongly lean towards believing her. It is purely "coincidental". That should be read as "lack of planning". I have said it here before and it is worth repeating. How a candidate runs their campaign office is a good predictor of how they would run their elected office. Mayor Palin became overwhelmed as Governer of Alaska and resigned. She demonstrated lack of planning that came close to dereliction of duty. It seems there was a prevailing assumption that McCain would win and she would not be returning to the Governer's office. When Palin returned to her duties, the office was a mess, riddled with scandals and disorganization. It had been left to run itself and rot. So, she resigned.

    June 2, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. norma

    She certainly isn't lacking on self-esteem, but she's looking a little rough around the edges. Note on the one picture, she isn't wearing a wedding band. She's certainly giving her young kids an education in how to be blunt and uninformed. They are all growing up to be arrogant and self-centered. Quite the opposite of what she tries to protray in her backwoods Barbie personality. I think the media is her best friend, every move she makes is on the news. Try to find something else to talk about, like recalling all the "repub" governors around the country. Now that will be interesting.

    June 2, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    America is ready for a woman President. Sarah Palin is in the best position of any woman in politics today to be the first. She has a huge, dedicated and growing base of support. She has a great story, working her way up from city, to state to national politics based on a fundamental belief in the role of government in America. And she is coming into a race against an ineffective President who's 2 major programs ( Stimulus and ObamaCare ) only working against his re-election. It's her time and she knows it. So do the liberals. They thought the first woman President would be a Democrat.

    June 2, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Expat American

    One thing that Palin is actually successful at is lying; that is when she isn’t making herself look stupid every time she ultimately fails at sounding intelligent.

    It’s obvious that Palin is attempting to upstage Romney and put the focus of the day’s media news cycle (which she is so victimized by) back in the right place – front and center on Sarah Magdalene.

    It’s enough that she felt that she was more important than the observance of Memorial Day.

    June 2, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. demetri

    Roger Ailes needs to be very careful or he could risk and jeopordize his news organization even further. He is treading into dangerous territory with Palin if she decides to jump into the race and this could be very bad for our political process. If deep pocket bussiness can give without limits to campaigns, just think what damage news media can do, if Roger Ailes and FOX news is seen as being directly supporting her campaign. Other news outlets would see this as an opportunity to get directly involved in the political process. The line is already blurred, now Ailes and FOX are about to cross it. There is no turning back if this happens, and you can't expect the other side to play by different rules.

    June 2, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. The Clear Thinking Independent

    How stupid does she think Americans are?

    It is about as "coincidental" as her staged video on the same day that the President was consoling the nation on the Arizona shooting tragedy.

    Remember her, with a flag in the background, seated at her desk in a blazer, carefully reading cue cards trying to sound smart? Remember that?

    She stalled her way through NY to rain on Romney`s parade. GOP Party leaders must rue the day that they didn`t drive a stake through the heart of this counter_productive political beast! She consistently thinks "Me First".

    I`m not terribly impressed with Romney but common courtesy would say that if her trip is just a "vacation" that she speed a day at Coney Island with her kids and give Mitt some space.

    June 2, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. honestuck

    Why are you following her? The people who will vote for her do not read, or watch CNN. By not covering this clown(sorry clowns for the insult), you are not getting any ratings boost. I can't imagine her on the Republican ticket again, I am sure they have learned from their mistake the first time. For the rest of the world: Sara Palin is not representative of American Women. American women are not stupid like her. There I said it. I don't get this obsessive coverage of this person, she is not even a least bit interesting. Her stupid remarks are not even funny anymore, it is just annoying. Please stop covering her and get back to reporting news.

    June 2, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Remmi

    I will say this – Palin can take a punch. Its seems like the more people antagonize her the more she goes out to undermine Obama. Also CNN and other media make plenty of money covering Palin or she would not be on ever other post. I don't think I would vote for her but its very funny watching her play the media day in and day out.

    June 2, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Dave

    Sarah, you're either a liar or you think everyone is as dumb as you are...

    June 2, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. bonnie lee

    Why doesn't the media pack it all up and just go away from her totally and ignore her ? this country is in bad shape and has serious issues to take care of not some smart mouth dim wit get-rich-quick on the coat tails of John mcCain"how lucky did I get" . Don't forget tea party people this woman could have her hand on the RED BUTTON !! OMG I can guarantee one thing there would be a migration of millions of people to Canada in that case

    June 2, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the OVEREXPOSURE is going to be the downfall of Sarah Palin. Just after the past 4 days I'm sick of her already. Thanks CNN for doing your part to cover everything this woman does.

    June 2, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. bertha59

    I do not believe Palin a bit. Palin is calculating and very transparent.

    June 2, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Russ

    Just a coincidence my foot....Sarah doesn't want anyone to get more press than she does. The problem is idiot news groups like CNN give it to her. The country needs to get over this woman and move on to serious business. Interesting side note....Piper looks nothing like her.

    June 2, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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