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. j mann

    I think she should run – she is the face of half of America – the ones that make this the least intelligent, most superficial country in the western world. Sarah Jessica Palin for President!

    July 11, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. rhumba

    This is another of her childish attempts to get people to beg her to run. In case she hasn't noticed, nobody's begging. Hell, nobody's even paying attention.

    July 11, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. The Dude

    Obama 2012 – He's not a Republican and winning again will drive the racists crazy.

    July 11, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. a guy

    ok naming her movie "the undefeated" is a slap in the face to john wayne and rock hudson. And rick perry is all you got? just what we need another idiot texan in the white house. just get jerry jones to run.

    July 11, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Emeka Elvis Ikeji

    Well, lady, i think we still want Obama on that post, he has enough to do and offer.. Thanks for ur aspirations

    July 11, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Beenthere

    I'm kinda thinkin that her 15 mins of fame, is down to about three or four left.....

    July 11, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. America, F' Yeah

    I will burn my passport and move to North Korea if Palin becomes president

    July 11, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Michael Siever

    Yeah, she can win, all right. She can win a door prize at Cabela's, where she goes to buy herself a new hunting rifle, the day after the 2012 election.

    July 11, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. ronald malaney

    to mister real pain, I am sorry to vote for carter when he won in 1977 you would be 52 years old, some dems voted for him the next time he ran, but not all, so I am right in saying some dems have never voted anyone but lawyers, and mccain admitting he did not know some thing, is better than Obama never admitting to anything just like lawyers that pretend to be experts at every thing to win a case.
    Palin was not endorsed by the repubs when she won the governorship.

    July 11, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Don

    Sarah Palin and leadership are oxymorons!!!!

    July 11, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Bob Bechler

    Sarah could not win presidency of the KKK running against Obama...........

    July 11, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Desmond24

    I thought by now everyone knew that Sarah Palin is an opportunist; she certainly knows to how to keep some of the media outlets hanging on; that is obvious. She knows that she is not going to run because she knows that she can't win. It is also clear to her that it is in her best interest to milk financial and publicity opportunities while she can. Because, sadly for her, she knows that once the GOPers are all set for campaigning she will not be in the fold and additional fame and fortune will simply be a heart felt pang; she will merely be a blip on a radar screen – moreover, likely a laughing stock for history.

    July 11, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Steve

    Win what? I don't think she would win a local school board election at this point. This woman is dumb and delusional.

    July 11, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Not Rich Independent in Illinois

    OMG... I nearly choked on some Ravioli as I read that from laughing!!! The points that some people were making in supporting a Palin candidacy indeed does show that the War on Drugs is indeed lost lol!!!

    July 11, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. Thanos

    Palin is waiting to see if she gets a bump from the national release of her movie. If reviews are favorable she'll throw her hat in the ring. If not she won't. In other words she's a media whore.

    July 11, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. steveflesher

    Libs can't resist her draw.

    Oh yeah, she'll win.

    July 11, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. JP

    Please stop covering Ms. Palin until she actually does something news worthy which actually merits political discourse. Her continual stoking of the media fire as to her potential (though not going to happen) Presidential run is not news.

    July 11, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. JP

    Please stop covering Ms. Palin until she actually does something news worthy which actually merits political discourse.

    July 11, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. westwing

    This just in: A judged has ruled that Sarah Palin has been the target of unfair discrimination by the media and hate crime attacks by liberals. He has awarded her the presidency for the abuse she has received. Poetic Justice!

    July 11, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Sarah Palin

    What could you win, Sarah?

    July 11, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Bergie

    Please, Sarah, jump in the race. And to all who believe in Sarah, send her your money NOW!

    July 11, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Patrick

    We are all screwed if we keep heading the way we are going so if we can't do it with Obama we'll find some one else. But the real struggle will come when we start back down the long path we're on

    July 11, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. D

    I'd point to all the facts, such as polling that shows her losing to Obama by a mere 20 points, but those are all produced by 'the lamestream media' or the usual 'establishment' people, so obviously they can't be trusted. *sigh*

    July 11, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Wrong Section

    Shouldn't this be in the entertainment section?

    July 11, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. Jeremy

    She should stick to shooting mouse

    July 12, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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