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. al

    can you imagine if sarah palin and michelle bachman were to win the presidency and vice presidency. WE WOULD BE IN DEEP DOO DOO HAHAHAHA.

    July 11, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. nowar

    i cannot believe she would even say this. but if she and bachman were to run on the same ticket, we would be able to keep an eye on both of them at the same time and the world would be that much better. unless of course, rupert buys them the election.

    July 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Dave

    OMG Palin, who would vote for you. Just the crazies. You could never handle the job as President, you quit the Governorship. That was too much for U. Money was more important to you, not the power. U are a big loser Palin.

    July 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. nowar

    i think she is trying to sell another book and has no intentions of running or winning.

    July 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Bull

    Sarah , do the GOP a huge service. Shut your mouth and fade away . You couldn't even handle a state like Alaska .Your running would only make the Democrats sure of 4 more years.

    July 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Ponter B

    Huh, another week another Palin non-story. At least CNN knows how to sell web pages.

    July 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. tim

    Palin is selling Paul Revere cookware on the side.

    July 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. MiDon

    Remember the Election of 2000! Republicans are expert at stealing elections so they can do what is right. They crammed GWB down our throats because he could be controlled.... Palin could be crammed down our throats as well because she can be controlled even more easily: just flash some $1000.00 Greenback in font her and she'll do what is right.

    July 11, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. BobZemko

    She's a plumber's idea of Margaret Thatcher

    July 11, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. duane

    This fool is nuts if she thinks she can win POTUS. She has the intelligence of a stump. She is just milking this thing for all she can get because she knows once the real candidate is named her money train will stop. This just in Fox news just reported Obama is responsible for Caley Anthony as well as the economy.

    July 11, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Not egostitical? You are a freaking narcisisstic sociopath and you ARE egostitical because only those like you can imagine themselves as leaders. Face it you idiot you couldn't win anything but being the WORST scum on Earth!
    LOL. Like anyone cares about what your unwed, "raped", high schooll dropout, reality tv "star" medianho of a daughter says.
    There are actuslly more clowns waiting to join the list? Yes, the office of the president is not on the jo tratining and you, idiot, havent't learned a darn thing since 2008 except to fleece your hrinkin be of tetards!

    July 11, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. 2cents4free

    Welcome to the new funny section on CNN. It'd be better if they just drew a cartoon like everyone else.

    July 11, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Ente

    There sure a lot of Palin haters there. I for one would vote for her if she ran.

    July 11, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    I forgot, you know where you can put those thumbs!!!!!

    July 11, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Concerned

    What fantasy world is this woman living in? If she cant take the heat that comes with being govenor, how could she ever be president? Is it because she has great eye sight and can see Russia from her back heard, or because she knows American History so well. Our countries has issues... We need someone to lead...Sarah Palin doesn't stand a chance.

    July 11, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I was just thinking about her vast experience as mayor of Wasilla and had to chuckle. My high school had a larger population than the registered voters in Wasilla. Great experience indeed!?! Please, Half Gov. Palin, go away.

    July 11, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Steve

    I'm a moderate republican, Obama as president makes my stomach churn, but I would vote for him before I'd vote for Palin.

    July 11, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Wendy

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This is a funny article!!

    July 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Laura518

    Does anyone remember her interview with Andrea Mitchell right after she quit as governor? She said she wasn't going to seek relection as governor, so she quit. And since she wasn't going to run, she didn't want to play those games of "am I in or not". But that's exactly what she is doing......whether she runs or not depends on her family? What does she not know now that she will know in the next two months? She isn't running and just wants attention.

    July 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Ayo

    If a piece of garbage like obama can get the president nomination, why cant Sarah? I'm sure there's an equal number of American morons on both sides

    July 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. AMERICAN EXPAT

    And what are her chances? .0000001%

    July 11, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Darryl Schmitz

    "If I would run, I'd win. And this is how I'd do it..."
    Hmm... Didn't OJ Simpson write a speculative book, borne of his enormous ego, that was meant to tease or infuriate the public? This is a display of narcissism that only Rush Limbaugh or John Kerry could be proud of. I specify both a Republican and a Democrat because these types of supremely narcissistic individuals are sickening regardless of which party they hail from.

    July 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Concerned

    Oops haha meant yard, not heard. Damn cell phone.

    July 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. wgf

    Why would she want to be President ? Really, it doesn't seem to be the kind of employment that would interest her.

    July 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. The Fonz

    Is Palin talking to Henry Winkler there?

    July 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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