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. paystherent

    You are right Sarah! The American people need a positive change which is why they will NOT vote for you.

    July 11, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. cyg

    "I can Win" – maybe at turning America into the biggest Meth capital of the World, yes.

    July 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. chris

    A politician should be able to hob nob with the elites yet dumb-it-down for the common folk. Palin can ONLY play the dumbed-it-way-down role.

    July 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. chgoguy01

    People need to stop looking at the Palins. They are getting rich. She is a complete nit wit......

    July 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Tony

    Oh, Lord she finally started believing her own BS. She has sold herself for money like a hooker but a hooker has more class than she will ever have.

    July 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Name

    Well if Bristol has made up her mind that is a that matters...

    July 11, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Doug

    Nope, Mrs. Palin you'd be better off washing moving truck windows or scraping up gum in rush hour traffic.

    July 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Ranterdon

    Step right up folks and get your Liberal News Here! No critical thinking required!

    July 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey need to get thee to a clinic and get thyself some help for your debilitating delusion.

    You take a story about a genetically challenged [R], and how clearly stupid her OWN party thinks she is, and your comments are about how the [D]s should choose somebody other than Obama as their 2012 candidate?!! Oh really??!!!

    Obama is going to beat you neo-morons in 2012 like the bad old drums you all are, just like he did in 2008. Remember all of your vacuous election predictions back then, NONE of which came to pass? You [R]ightwingers are a malignancy on this country and a terrible waste of space. You add absolutely NOTHING to the country's political add nothing but noise, with no discernable signal, and thus reduce the signal-to-noise of all of our political lives. And for that reason alone, you are not a conservative.....true conservatives view your brand of mindless rightwing neo-conservatism as abhorrent.

    July 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. BW

    She is so dumb that she thinks people take her seriously. It must have been a slow news day when they decided to quote her. Can you see her making a decision about the economy, defense, disasters, etc? Duh??

    July 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. LadyMams

    #Palinsback Oh YES she can win. Don't believe it? Go see the movie Undefeated. Check the factual record, pleae.

    July 11, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Chris

    Perhaps the Republican Party dream ticket will, in fact, emerge: Palin and Bachmann. Sorry, I misspoke. Palin and Bachmann constitute the Democratic Party dream ticket.

    July 11, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Jason

    LOL! OMG. That was great. I needed a laugh!

    July 11, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. erich2112x

    Thanks Mccain for showing Palin how to make money. The only problem is,....well you tell me what the problem is here, i'm curious to know what your take is on this.

    July 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. CEL1

    YEP, enough talk, put up or shut up. Or better still, move to Russia, you can see it from your kitchen window..................
    she's real good at running her mouth.

    July 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. CynicLgrrl

    Ah... the old, 'I can beat you- I just don't want to right now' , line. That works really well on the playground too.

    July 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. PoconoPhil

    ROFL! She's more delusional than Charlie Sheen!

    July 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Palin REALLY is crazy!

    Isn't that what she said before the Miss Alaska pageant?

    The only thing Palin seems to be able to do with any success is get pregnant...sometimes before the wedding. Lovely family tradition.

    July 11, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. NameRuben D Sanchez Jr

    Gov. Palin is the strongest candidate to defeat Pres. Obama. She has the track record that proves she not afraid to meet the toughest challenges and fight them to victory. She knows how to lead and govern in a bipartisan manner and *still* champion her causes all the same.
    Whether she wants to run or not, she has to know that her country *needs* her, and we should humbly ask Todd Palin that our country needs to borrow his wife for about 8 years starting in 2012!

    July 11, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Robert Cloosdoosch you can't.

    July 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Sheila

    It used to be I would think "There's No Way people would elect Sarah Palin for President of the United States based on her track record and lack of intelligence". Anymore though, I am starting to think she would have a chance. People are crazy stupid these days.

    July 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. sftommy

    But she'll find some reason not to finish her term...

    July 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Tina

    What on earth is she smoking anyway??? You could not win if you were up against a rock! Go away!!!

    July 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Moses

    I'm over this TWIT !

    July 11, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. MrPragmatic

    If there are any doctors in the house, could someone please check Sarah's meds? Her thorazine needs adjusting. She was quiet and peaceful for a couple weeks, but she's getting noisy and restless again.

    July 11, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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