Palin: I can win
July 11th, 2011
09:50 AM ET
9 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. Tony Z

    So, we all know. Sarah Palin is not running. Her resignation as Gov of Alaska will speak volumes of her leadership.

    July 11, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Sandy

    No you can't! Have you seen your poll numbers? Even the majority of conservatives don't back you for President. LMAO!

    July 11, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    She can win a General Election. The challenge in 2012 will be getting the Republican nomination. This will be tough for everyone out there because there are several intelligent, capable and ambitious candidates stepping up for that position. What remains to be seen is can the Democrats field someone other than Obama. Certainly they have many better than him and more electable than him, but does anyone have the courage to challenge a sitting President in their own party?

    July 11, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. pc

    ms palin,don't kid yourself, NO ONE wants you! the key word in your statement is positive, and that ms palin you have never been. you are a wanta be and has been so please give it up already. stay home an educate your kids so they won't be a laughing stock like you have turned out to be.

    July 11, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. lynn

    The people of America are smarter than she gives them credit for. Who is feeding her the preposterous notion she has anything to offer except her nonsensical little phrases and self-promotion? A woman with a 4 yr college degree that took 5 yrs and 5 different schools to earn, plus school board president and mayor of a small Alaskan town. Then a sketchy record as gov. that she could't even handle and quit half way through her first term. Please Ms. Sarah, read your own biography and America educate yourself on this disgusting example of American women.

    July 11, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. GSW Minnesota

    It is time for a mandatory drug test of Ms. Palin. Her fantasies and delusions could not possibly be explained by her creative imagination. Plus using "creative imagination" and Palin in the same thought would be an oxymoron...emphasis on the moron.

    July 11, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Amber

    See they took her out of context again. The full quote is. "I can win...at cards!" But only because I'm playing with my children and they fear me.

    July 11, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. mrsdiagnosed

    Put up or shut up Sarah.

    July 11, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. GI Joe

    ha ha ha She can take a dump and fall back in it. That's her max (other than to fool the right-wing uneducated and take their $$$).

    July 11, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    A Palin challenge to Bachmann would be welcomed, if only to expose their lack of presidential qualities and flaws in the social conservative/Tea Party reengineering agenda.

    July 11, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Papasan

    Palin [Head T-Bagger] is deliberately exposing the American public to her audacious stupidity.

    "He who warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells, and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free."

    July 11, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Four and the Door

    I hope she runs and DOES win the Republican nomination. If that happens that would mean you would have to change your name to Four MORE and the Door.

    July 11, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. deuce

    Oh, Sarah. Put up or shut up. If you think you can win, run. PLEASE. America could use some laughs right about now...

    July 11, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. GI Joe

    I guess the 700 or so that will pay to see her propaganda movie might vote for her. She limits her exposure to her base, and thinks they represent the educated in this country.

    $illy $arah.

    July 11, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Joe The Plumber

    Her capacity for self-deception is beyond description.

    July 11, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Big Al

    "Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. " Really? All we've got so far is Palin's hot air.

    July 11, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Chris

    God help us if Sarah ever becomes president of the United States. The USA;s reputation will drop off to record lows, with a president that can see Russia from Alaska and cant even remember what the name of the last book she read.

    I hope she runs, it will kill the GOP!

    July 11, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Debbie from Arizona

    This woman is not going to run for President. She is just stringing along her minions to get more money off of them. If, by some fluke, she does win the Republican Primary, the first debate between her and President Obama should be hilarious.

    July 11, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Tony

    What can she win? The Waiting Game?

    July 11, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "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,"

    I believe she just eliminated herself as a candidate...........

    July 11, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Peter s

    You mean you can win like 2008 ? Unless the people of the Greatest Nation on earth have turned into sheeps and goats!!.

    July 11, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. the unsub

    I believe that I can win the lottery....Pailin just stick to salmon fishing.

    July 11, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. AmericanSam

    She might get Tea Party backing, but she'll never go beyond that.

    July 11, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Greenspam

    "I can win".. watch her latest movie. read her latest book, watch her latest tv show and find out! Folks, she doesn't want to win. She's milking it for money.

    July 11, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. jorge washinsen

    She might win but would we win?

    July 11, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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