From one Grizzly to another
June 10th, 2011
09:52 PM ET
12 years ago

From one Grizzly to another

(CNN) - New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Friday she doesn't think Sarah Palin will jump into the race for the White House.

"If I were to make a prediction right now, I don't think that she will run, but anything can change," Ayotte said in an interview on CNN's "John King, USA."

The junior Republican senator was once dubbed one of Palin's "Mama Grizzlies," a female coalition of conservative candidates who received Palin's support in the 2010 midterm elections. Ayotte said she recently had breakfast with Palin and talked about family and politics, but the two didn't discuss 2012.

"And as you know with Governor Palin," Ayotte said. "You never know what decision she's going to make until she makes that announcement."

Among the field of GOP candidates, Ayotte said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a clear front-runner, but she added that he needs to take New Hampshire in order to hold the lead.

"I think he's got to win here, I really do," Ayotte said. "You're really earning the support of New Hampshire voters, and you've got to do that one-on-one grassroots campaigning here, even if you have the most money."

While President Barack Obama won New Hampshire in 2008 with 53% of the vote, Ayotte said she believes her election win in 2010 will put the Granite State back on the map for Republicans.

"I think it's very much a purple state, and it's not one that should be written off by Republicans in 2012," she said.

– 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 • Kelly Ayotte • New Hampshire • Sarah Palin • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Being a "purple state" means you're close to being like Georgia, Kansas, Utah, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Texas. How could that make anybody feel good?

    June 10, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. guest123

    I guess Ayotte hasn't been paying attention – Palin has been actively campaigning for president since BEFORE she lost the election for McCain. Just because she has had periods of lesser activelity doesn't change the basic facts.

    June 10, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Sorensen

    wow!! How totally uninteresting and irrelevant.
    Who is Ayotte?
    Is the editor at cnn totally asleep?

    June 10, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Palin is NOT running for President – she is looking for a Senate position from AZ and then she feels that will lead her to 2016!!! Well, at that time – she will be an INSIDER!!

    And who are the Grizzlies??? What are the prerequisite to be a part of that club?????

    June 10, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    From one Mama Moron to another...

    June 11, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |

    Why are y'all so worried about Sarah Palin running or not. If she does greeat, I'll vote for her if not then I'll vote for someon else. but, it will niot be Obama.

    June 11, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  7. thomas

    She sure looks unhappy !

    June 11, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  8. Marry

    "And as you know with Governor Palin," Ayotte said. "You never know what decision she's going to make until she makes that announcement."

    Well, even if Ms Palin makes “any announcements” one thing is sure – it is going to be stupid!
    As for … New Hampshire not one that should be written off by Republicans… it will be the voter remembering the “NO – HELL NO” attitude of the GOP/TP and with the “new talking points” openly going against the interests of the vast majority of the American public (what the GOP calls “Entitlements”) and no solutions on any improtant problems of the country! So, good luck with that campaign!

    June 11, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |

    Snookie Palin is a loose cannon so even her mama bear buddies have no clue what she wants. Run Snookie Palin run!

    June 11, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Sarah Palin is doing just what she needs to be doing right now, talking about the issues, and creating voter enthusiasm. She doesn't have to run to be a part of winning the election and restoring America to it's original greatness prior to Obama.

    June 11, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Grizzlies stink to high heavens, make a lot of noise, and kill others. Enough said.

    June 11, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. raindog33

    And as Ayotte's election also demonstrates, the voters of NH are pefectly capable of making poor decisions based on style over substance and the neverending search for simple answers for complicated questions.
    Any honest Republican (oxymoron?) should be trembling at the prospect of Palin winning the nomination, which would guarantee Obama's relection in 2012.

    June 11, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. Indy

    There is nothing similar when it comes to Grizzly bears and Sarah Palin aka Lady Blah Blah. Grizzlies dont quit when to going gets tough and grizzlies are very thick skinned unlike Sarah Always the Victim Palin. Grizzlies never abondon their post to chase dreams of being a celebrity, and grizzlies are all about action and gettings things done through the good and bad times. Other then the stench there is nothing similar between Lady Blah Blah and Grizzlies.

    June 11, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    New Hampshire will stay Democratic in `12.

    My 401K account is in MUCH BETTER shape than is was 2.5 years ago.

    June 11, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Emerson C

    Observing fro abroad it seems to me that the tsunami of negativities directed at Sarah Palin by right and left has only one possible explanation. The GOP establishment knows in its heart that if she enters the primaries she will sweep the nomination. Therefore they must deter her with the manufactured meme of unelectability. The Democrats and the Left including most Media know in their hearts that if she wins the nomination, she will start a praire fire that will topple the Obama administration. Study of her Emails from the time as Governor only served to reinforce the message of the fortcoming film about her–that she was an outstanding leader who united Republicans and Democrats behind a programme of radical reform. Alone of the candidates she can do that again at a national level. She has done it before.

    June 11, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Kate N.

    Why does this woman refer to Palin as "Governor", a title she gave up? The "mama grizzly" label is laughable and represents the false bravado Palin is all about. Palin does not represent the majority of women in America. In fact, Palin her ignorance is a huge embarrassment to educated women. Anyone who follows her does not demonstrate a whole lot of smarts. Does anyone remember that video clip of her at some church alter getting what looked like an exorcism? Holy cow...that should raise brows!

    June 11, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    I heard this moron Ayottes interview on CNN...

    Her biggest complaint was corporate taxes...and if we could just get rid of those than the economy would magically recover...

    When will these thick headed Republicans learn that when rich people get mo money they save it into their offshore accounts, and when the rest of us have more money WE SPEND IT AND ENERGIZE THE ECONOMY...

    June 11, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |