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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  1. Alina77

    I dont like Palin just because she brought that Tea Party "parrots" to Congress and now Boehner a (Republicans) and Obama have so much trouble to pass anything to grow this country, which is stupid because in the past Republicans and Democrats WORKED together. She worked only for her own interests. BUT I cried when I was reading the letter that she wrote to her unborn kid, where she tells him how much God loves him and how perfect he is.
    Ones a good woman turned in to a gold digging celebrity that destroying America and dividing people.

    July 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yeah, bring in Palin to fix the economy. LOL

    July 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Flloridaspeaks

    WINNNNNINNNNG....un-huh, just like Charlie Sheen? I agree with WildMontana....she is "dumb and delusional." Still.

    July 11, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Mireya

    She's obviously buying her own PR...

    Delusional much?

    July 11, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. John

    Bring it on Sarah.. you'll lose. CNN and the rest of media: enough already with Palin!

    July 11, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Bozzz

    Isn't she fun to watch? I love this...."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." And she fills that bill? She is so unbelievably far out of touch with reality....but it's fun to watch.

    July 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Name sheppard

    Looking at that picture, wondering who wants to be the first to tell her what she can do with those thumbs?

    July 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Uraluni

    I can shoot lasers from my eyes too...I just choose not to.

    Same kind of mentality

    July 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Robin Bray

    Long term drug use makes you say and think some strange things. How is Todd's girlfriend? No one wants to talk about her.

    July 11, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. katy heys

    Palin is not electable. Period.

    July 11, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. 4DAP

    Seriously Sarah??? I want them to quit giving her press time. She needs to really see how relevant to a MAJORITY of Americans she really is and it takes more than a group of gun totin, hootin, holerin folks to win the election. I like the Jethro Clampett comment. PRICELESS.

    July 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |

    Oh, come on, people! This is the woman who cut and ran from her elected office in Alaska just 2 years into a four-year term with no real explanation. She just fled!

    Do you really want someone who shows such cowardice under pressure in the top spot? I don't think so.

    July 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Ben Yaweh

    Those of you who says that she can't win are giving republicans too much credit. After all, these are the same people who voted for GW Bush twice.

    July 11, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Jk

    Sarah is clearly shrooming. Does anyone have the number of Sarah's drug dealer? I'd like an ounce of whatever she is using. I want to walk around all day playing make believe too.

    July 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Paula

    Not egotistical?! Yes you are, and if you think you could beat Obama, add delusional!!

    July 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Michael in Houston

    Besides the fact that Palin is a complete slug of a candidate who has nothing to offer America, what really irritates me is her ridiculous game playing. She plays this as if we are all if we are waiting on pins and needles for her to announce. Hey Palin....dont try and create drama where there is none. Your running, you were always going to run, and you always will be running so put on your big girl pants and quit trying to play us like a bunch of stupid peasants. You and that entire freakshow family of yours have overstayed your welcome way too long.

    July 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    @ George:

    Really? Her accomplishments in office and in private life better prepare her for the WH than where the President was in 2008? She was mayor a small town in Alaska, where she played the lobbying game and hired a lobbyist (courtesy of Ted Stevens) to get earmarks for her town: these earmarks included a multi-million dollar sports center that is rarely used in this town of less than 20,000. She then served (briefly) on the Oil and Gas board for the state before turning on her mentor, Governor Murkowski, and beating him in a primary. 18 months later she is picked by John McCain as a Hail Mary, and is credited for turning off independents from McCain, and a year later resigns her governorship to go on speaking tours and endorse candidates in 2010 ( mixed record at best, and it cost the GOP the Senate). What legislation did she push through? What reforms did she champion? The answer is none. She has played the game, and because she is a well-trained parrot, she spouts the intelellectual babyfood the Conservatives currently prefer to swallow. William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater would have been appalled by her inane ramblings and shocking grasp of history: Buckley would have moved to Alaska to run against her. Obama graduated from Columbia, went to Harvard Law School, and passed on an opportunity to clerk at the Supreme Court to work as a community organizer. That experience gave him far better insight into how non-profits and government agencies work, and he rose to become head of the Illinois State Senate when he chose to go into public office. He could have taken the money, but did not. Palin is a shallow grifter, nothing more.

    July 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Rhona

    What are this airhead and her brainless Tea Party supporters smoking? This quitter is who you dumb conservatives really respect? It speaks volumes about how out of touch you are.

    July 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Hey idiot, where is your prop child? Can somebodyn n the "media" please find out what they have done with him?????

    July 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. karen

    She probably could win in 2012, given the uninformed base of American voters. Maybe we need to go back to three television channels – getting a little current affairs education was almost unavoidable back then. Oh, and people knew how to READ.

    July 11, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Denker

    The people of America and the world are desperate to see if there is anybody in this country who hasn't lost sight of the country and reality behind all the "patriotic" displays.

    July 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Durundal

    This is disgusting. If you cant even make up your mind on whether or not you will run, then how are you supposed to make real decisions? This is a position of great importance, poise and prestige: If that is too complex to grasp then go back to your sandbox and play.

    July 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Steven

    Call 911, I can not breath I am laughing so hard.

    July 11, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Mark in Seattle

    1 + 1 = 2. She is smart by golly.

    July 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Flint Rock

    Sarah is still a crafty one when it comes to money.
    Is she angling to secure a backstage payoff not to run?
    Sarah does know money.

    July 11, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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