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. Mark

    You mean her 'actual record' that she quit on? Lol.

    July 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Hosagi

    Dear Sarah Palin,
    A wise man once said "Denial isn't just a river in Egypt"
    Signed Common Sence

    July 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. samsmee

    gorsch golly gee, she shur is purty fer an old broad, und, thet them thar purty un's thet look like my little sister and cant run fast, so's i kin kech um, mak fer them funny feelins would be makin a dern good pressident kause all them good ole boys wuld be lookin at her and not makin mor little baby brothers and sisiters....heck, i gots all ekcided und fergot whut i were sayn.....

    July 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Silent Majority

    Another sign of Palin's sociopathic behavior: She declares herself the winner of a race she's not even in.

    July 11, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    BIGGEST MYTH going at the moment.....

    that progressives and the left are SCARED TO DEATH of Sarah Palin. Every time I hear or see that line I have to ROTFLMAO!!

    July 11, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Carla Hurst-Chandler

    LMAO...not a snowball's chance in hell...but hey...I'm all for watching the show if she should try...entertainment value alone is worth the ticket!

    July 11, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. John Steel

    Sarah is bummed because she has lost her title as Queen of the Nutters to Michelle Bachmann. Shut up or run Sarah, preferably run...all the way to Russia.

    July 11, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Les E. Yingling

    Sorry Sarah...I don't think you could beat Bugs Bunny.

    July 11, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Kevin

    You would have to be completely nuts to vote for this idiot. She has the absolute unmitigated gall to tout her "experience"? Experience at what? Quitting, hate, division, failing her children? Gimme a break. This is really just sad for America.

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

    Palin- pl save this country. You are God sent. 21st century visionary with a fat bank balance. Thanks to Mccain, you are
    making so much Money. It would be nice if you becoma the next President and Mccain reports to you. oh,oh,oh.

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

    Sarah was governor of a state that has a smaller population than most large US cities and she couldn't handle that job. She quit an elected office for her own financial gain. If it weren't for Fox News, she would be an unemployment statistic herself. It amazes me that she has any support at all. After hearing her speak about any topic, I feel less educated. So run Sarah run. Get the nomination. If you make it that far, we will see an even bigger win from Obama than his win over McCain in the last election.

    July 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Kebos

    Look up the word "delusional" in the dictionary and there is a picture of Sarah Palin.

    July 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Chad from Tampa

    Oh CNN, why are you so obsessed with her every word?

    July 11, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    @ Bob in PA: Scared of her? Seriously man? All of us smart people are laughing AT you. If that's the best your Teapublicans can offer up, the joke's really on you.

    July 11, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. peggy burke

    I almost wish she would run so she would lose and then finally go away. I don't even know a single conservative Republican who likes her. What would she do quit if she gets tired of being President?

    July 11, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Grundoon

    @America Shrugged – I take it your moniker is a salute to Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged. Leave it to Republicans to elevate a piece of fiction to the status usual reseved for proven scientific data. You know that Atlas Shrugged is a work of fiction, right? You know her theory of objectivism is just her opinion, right? You know that objectivism has yet to undergo any scientific scrutiny whatsoever, right? You do know that she came here from Russia and was employed as a Hollywood screenwritter, someone who should be maligned by conservatives, right? Hers is just the opinion of an extreme narcicist who promoted the idea that only the strong among us are deserved of anything, even of love. Check out Mike Wallace's interview of her. She's a real piece fo work . . . .

    July 11, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Dick Hertz

    she could play the Scarecrow in the next Wizard of Oz.

    July 11, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Rick

    Please run Sarah, I haven't laughed so hard as when I simply had to read the news about your latest mindless ramblings. Plus, think of all the comedians you will be enriching!

    July 11, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Jolly

    Why waste yours and the publics time, its not going to happen.

    July 11, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. pa jesseson

    please please please sarah, run for president so we can have four more years of obama. and maybe these next four the gop goobers won't treat this black man with more integrity than they can imagine like dirt. he is the leader of the free world, and they continue to treat our leader in a horrendous way. you do too, palin-the-quitter. so please run. and when you lose, maybe you can run to russia, which you would be able to see from your porch if you ever happen to return to the state you say you love. sar-ah! sar-ah! go go go girl.

    July 11, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. NEFinCA

    Poor, poor Sarah. We know she's not going to run. She just wants her name in the headlines. Another has-been grasping for attention. Wecome to the real world poor Sarah. Try to leave the public eye with some class – although you probably don't know what I'm talking about.

    July 11, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Donald in CA

    Win what? This far righter hasnt figured out that most americans detest her. She is right up there with casey anthoney to most folks. She won the govenor ship of Alaska and we see where that went, QUITER.

    July 11, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Oldie in TampaBay

    ROFLMAO .... hahahahahahahahahahaha. She is SO delusional ....ROFLMAO! She just LOVES to hear herself talk! Ain't gonna happen, Sarah!

    July 11, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Logic

    She can win a national election? I didn't think there was a national dog-catcher position, which might be a possibility.

    July 11, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Phil in KC

    If she could actually win, the American electorate is dumber than I thought.

    July 11, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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