Palin: I can win
July 11th, 2011
09:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin: I can win

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said she can win a national election, but has yet to decide if she will take on President Obama in 2012.

"The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off this wrong track," Palin said in an interview published in Newsweek Sunday. "I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around. But I do believe I can win."

The former Alaska governor said there needs to be a larger field of candidates in the race for the White House, and she welcomes discussion about her and other undeclared candidates like Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Chris Christie of New Jersey.

"Thank goodness the field is not yet set. I think that there does need to be more vigorous debate. There needs to be a larger field," Palin said. "There's still months ahead, where more folks can jump in and start articulating their positions."

Palin, who is still considering a bid for president, said she would not run if faced with opposition from her family, who's "gotta be in it with you."

But she won't receive push-back form her eldest daughter, Bristol.

"I think Bristol has made up her mind, and Bristol wants me to run for president," Palin said. "But we're still thinking about it. I'm still thinking about it."

The article comes as "The Undefeated," a favorable film by conservative filmmaker Steve Bannon, is set to release in select cities on July 15 and nationwide the following week.

Palin, who has become a national voice since stepping down as Alaska's governor following the 2008 election, chastised the president over the debt ceiling negotiations. The former 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said the country needs "strong chief executives."

"The office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle."

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soundoff (684 Responses)
  1. Jeremy

    Please run sarah, us americans need some humore in these tough times.

    July 12, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Jeremy

    The Chances of sarah palin winning an election are as good as casey anthony win in a courtroom... OH GOD NO!

    July 12, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Jeremy

    Hey Palin, Hows Russia look right now?

    July 12, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. Aaron

    It'd be great if she runs. The debate would be a delight.

    July 12, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. Jeremy

    Obama will show no mercey, palin is so pathetic even those ding-dong republicans in alaska won't vote for her! I would say it would be impossible for her to get any worse, but i'm sure palin will find a way!

    July 12, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  6. jelstinsky

    did you not see bohner and Obama playing golf? Did you hear how the health carebill was written by insurance companys, did you know that Corrections Corperation of America wrote the immigration bill? You are votging for coke or pepsi. There is no labor movement at all. Labor is where its at and it is gone. It is not between the right and the left it is between the rich and the poor. The dems and the republicans represent the same group of billionairs.

    July 12, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. greyhackles

    She knows she can't even win her own party's nomination, hence she will milk "The Decision" as long as there are nitwits out there still willing to pump her PAC full of cash that she can live on...

    July 12, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  8. Jeff

    Ok Palin, Run.... And never come back

    July 12, 2011 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  9. Redrong

    "Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle."
    I agreed with the statement. However, i heard a lot of words coming from Palin, some of which are just crazy or dumb, but i don't know what hard problem she tackle. Does anyone know?

    July 12, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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