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. Billy Davis

    And the Idiot from Wasilla got her Presidential training where? That's right no one was POTUS before they were POTUS. Palin the quitter in chief.

    July 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Liz the First

    Need any more proof this woman is delusional? i don't know who opened the portal that let these alternate-reality bizarro republicans into our universe, but i wish they'd all crawl back through and seal it behind them. if anyone is stupid enough to vote for a rethug after all they've done to this country, they deserve to have their country ruined. but we sane people don't!

    July 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Senor Ed

    "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"

    Well, I guess that means Sarah is not running. After all, a half-term quitter clearly has none of the qualifications needed. But you do have to give Sarah credit. She knows that a TeaTard is an easy mark and she's laughing all the way to the bank.

    July 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. logic in LA

    Put up or shut up. Stop trying to grab headlines for doign and saying nothing

    July 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. mike

    When you going to decide Sarah, AFTER the election?

    July 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. MCO

    The fact that Sarah Palin thinks she can win proves how delusional she is. No Sarah, you can't win – your poll numbers are in the toilet, you're too divisive and you quit your last job half-way though to take advantage of money making opportunities. You've proven you're not interested in what's best for this country – only what's best for you. Only fools would vote for that.

    July 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Mike D

    You Republicans were ready to elect Donald Trump! Obviously you really don't care who you nominate.

    July 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Millie Bea

    Completely delusional- can't someone shut this woman up? This is not helping us to focus on real problems-

    July 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Ken

    This bimbo is delusional at best and a crackpot at worst. She knows full well she could never be president and is just waiting to the last moment to announce she WON'T run. What a JOKE this dweeb is'

    July 11, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. SecedingfromTexas

    @Lost in Texas Forever: Thank you and amen to that!
    @Bassman: In other words she ducked and ran. Don't need to look under rocks, the ones falling out of her head
    are enough.

    July 11, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Laurie

    Of course she can't win but she is not dumb. She knows how to grab the headlines and get the media to pay attention to her and that means money in her pocket everytime. She is a pro at playing America for her personal benefit.

    July 11, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Jay

    LOL LOL HAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! WOOOOOOWWWW!!! this lady thinks she can win? LOL her chances of winning are equivalent to being struck by lightning twice in a snow storm with a winning lottery ticket in your pocket.

    July 11, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Pocket Rocket

    This malignant narcissist's delusions never ceases to astonish us. Her out of touch way of thinking (thinking is a stretch here) only works for the simple minded. She's all talk (in a gibberish sort of way) and no show. It is still amazing that she continues to be taken seriously.

    July 11, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. GrogInOhio

    Mark these words... Sarah Palin will NOT be running for president. It is far more profitable to keep her adoring fans hanging on her every word. She has no desire to do real work, when the million$ continue to roll in while she does absolutely nothing.

    July 11, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Keb

    She could win and she could quit. What kind of track is that to put the American people on ? The wrong track.

    July 11, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Patrish

    Lady, I'd vote for Bachmann before I'd vote you, and I'm a Democrat!! Get over yourself!

    July 11, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    "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."
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    yes you are, and no you can't. Go ahead and announce it if you're so disatisfied. We will watch and enjoy seeing you crash and burn. Maybe after that you will give the world a break and go back to your trailor. Make sure you take the rest of your brood with you

    July 11, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Aezel

    Sarah Palin was pretty much one of the MAJOR factors to McCain not winning in 2008. Now she thinks she can win as the main candidate? Sorry Sarah, you are a laughing stock to anyone with a brain. Your chances are zero.

    July 11, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Sgt Joe

    @ Four and all you others who believe in a Tooth Fairy.... Palin remains the most embarrassing hack we've seen in the history of the nation. I have to agree with the last poster; "it use to be amusing, now it's just sad." She needs psychological intervention.

    July 11, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Joan

    Someone who can't make up her mind about running and who can't finish one term as governor of one the least populated states in America certainly cannot be considered as a credible candidate. A president has to be able to take a stand, make tough decisions, follow-up and have international leadership skills. She may have lots of good qualities but not enough to be President of the United States. She needs a reality check and I don't mean a TV reality show. Obviously the Democrats wish she would run but the probability of that happening seem to be getting slimmer and slimmer.

    July 11, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Granny Sarah Scorpion has yet to provide us with her long form birth certificate for review! What is she hiding? Why is she spending millions of dollars to keep it hidden??

    July 11, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Expat American

    I don't think she can win....more so, I'm surprised she still a part of the political discourse – someone's making money off of Sarah Palin's silly antics and goofy photo ops, though.

    July 11, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Bob in Pa.

    LOL – you people are so scared of this woman. I love it.

    July 11, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. A weary Independent

    Just more delusional thinking from the Quitter! When will this stupid airhead just fade away. She is last year's news!

    July 11, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Frank

    It's so fun having a buffoon run for Prez, keep it coming Sarah, we love you!

    July 11, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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