Palin blasts 2012 speculation but applauds...
August 23rd, 2011
08:21 AM ET
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Palin blasts 2012 speculation but applauds...

(CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee pushed back on rumors she has made a decision about a run for the White House, but offered pointed praise to CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby for "setting the record straight."

A statement on the website of SarahPAC said predictions about her future are "intended to mislead the American people."

"These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the 'politics-as-usual' that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career," the Monday night post said.

Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, said Sunday that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was likely to run for president in the next election. Rove, who also co-founded the conservative political action committee, Crossroads GPS, cited her travel schedule and recent web video as evidence she will make a run for the White House. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer predicted "Palin is in" during an appearance on Fox News Monday.

CNN published a story from Hamby Monday that included Palin's recent comments from Iowa, saying "I doubt it" when asked if she would be ready to join the race by Labor Day.

"Kudos to CNN for setting the record straight and including Governor Palin's own words," the SarahPAC post said.

The statement comes after Palin visited Iowa on the same weekend as the high stakes Ames Straw Poll and ahead of her scheduled visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state September 3 to speak a tea party gathering.

Charlie Gruschow, co-founder of the Iowa-based Tea Party of America, who is sponsoring the September event, told CNN Palin's address will be longer than a typical stump speech.

"We were told a month ago that she will make a major statement at the event," Gruschow said. "Whether it be an announcement to run, not to run, or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates. That is what I am and was referring to."

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Para Sailin

    "Palin blasts 2012 specuation but applauds..." I heard she was gonna refudiate that specuation precisively. America deserves decisive leadership, and I'll decide sooner or later if that's me?

    August 23, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. bb

    Of course, Palin would be the first one to blast 'specuation'. Classic, just classic, coming from someone so ignorant as her!

    August 23, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Cedar Rapids

    ' If this country doesn't turn back to the God it once revered we will continue the downward spiral. '
    You mean like during the time of slavery? or jim crow? those god revering times?

    August 23, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Clwyd

    Oh, please if some of you are too dense out there and can't see this idiot bimbo and quitter for what she is God forgive you! Please Lord let them see the light! I pray!

    August 23, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. MiddleOfTheRoad

    If Palin chooses to run, it will be the end of her political career and her celebrity status. If she stays with Fox News, she continues to receive a paycheck. Fox, please fire her.

    August 23, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Jay

    Publicity = Money. Publicity = Money. Publicity = Money. Publicity = Money.Publicity = Money. Publicity = Money. Publicity = Money. Publicity = Money.

    Anybody that can't see that appears to be the objective here is unworthy of being human.

    All these people speculating on her running to actually be the POTUS are mentally impaired. Funny, but that isn't the goal. The goal is probably......Publicity = Money.

    The sooner people realize that, the faster this fool will go away.

    August 23, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. nazielib

    jump n the race palin. we want 4 more years of hitler jr.

    August 23, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Specuation? Must be in the new Texas spelling books Perry approved before spending the last bit of stim money on his campaign banners.

    August 23, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. ST

    Folks, Nov.3 is approaching faster than we thought. What we will do if this hilbilly of Alaska does not announce her candidancy??? Here is my suggestion: Ignore her in whatever movement she will make afterwards. Wake up, she is playing with peoples mind. We are not here for a play, we are here for a serious business, and all serious poeple let us work out for what works for us , and let us forget this mad lady who is after her own interest!

    August 23, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Bubba

    I'm just specuatin,' you understand, but I'm gonna specuate that she's realized she's too dumb to run.

    August 23, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    Sarah's caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. If she doesn't run, the PAC donations dry up and her star power fades badly. If she does run, and gets creamed in the primaries, the same result. If she does run and does well, she still won't win the nomination but may cause a massive rift between the GOP and the TP. That could cost her the Fakes News gig.

    And if, by some twisted fate, she wins the nomination, well, it would mean Armageddon for the GOP.

    August 23, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Larry L

    I would watch Sarah Palin give a speech if the event would meet my requirements. First, she must be dancing nude around a pole. Second, I must be really drunk. And third, and the most important, the mute button must work on my TV.

    August 23, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. ImaLindatoo

    Oh, Karl "Carnac" Rove is just cranky that he hasn't been able to stop Governor Palin. And thinks our country wants more of what he gave us for 8 years, estab & NeoCons, more compassionate conservatvies (liberal spending Republicans).

    He's conceding she most likely WILL run (after claiming she wouldn't) but he should have read his original notees properly when he first said she'll decide "next month" Even Governor Palin said THAT!, but now he changed it to "next week" and the Tea Party Rally isn't even then.

    Fact is, I believe Governor Palin Will look at all events unfolding, the field, the call to service and then may enter. Karl "Carnac" Rove is just trying to affect her planned events. Personally I think he's just being so Mary!

    August 23, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Sylvia Saint

    Wasn`t this chick suppose to have moved to Arizona by now?

    Wasn`t Limpbaugh suppose to be in Costa Rica by now?

    August 23, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Chas in Iowa

    Next they will be trading SarahPAC on the stock exchange.
    What a true capitalist. Or as W.C. Fields would say,"....there's a sucker born every minute."

    August 23, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Ferret out the B.S.

    Having a grand ole time, keepen everybody on pins an needles. She wants the last laugh and all of you are giving it too her on a silver platter.

    August 23, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Chas in Iowa

    Palin, Perry, and Bachman are just around to keep the lunatic fringe at bay until we get closer to the election and they dump there support behind the mainline GOP contender. Just a new twist on an old ploy. Bait and switch,.....
    Romney hasn't got a chance.

    August 23, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Ferret out the B.S.

    specuation is the act of specuating.....say on the sidewalk. Sarah will be specuating on the sidewalk in 2012. I'm sure Webster's will pick it up and make it real.

    August 23, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. WatchDawg

    This coming from the same PAC tht thrusts Palin upon us everytime Bachmann gets more air time. Please...go away...

    August 23, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. SecedingfromTexas

    Jeff in Virginia wrote: "This is the best evidence yet Peter Hamby belongs at Fox News............"
    Amen to that! You can add to the evidence his story on DeMint's little "invitation only" 5% garbage gathering shows up,
    word for word, on the SpartanburgTeaParty web site.
    He also got kudos from Ed Morrissey, conservative talk show, about his report on Bachmann and Perry in Waterloo:
    "Big thanks to Peter Hamby of CNN for allowing me to use his internet connection to file this report".
    Now we know why Pain is crammed down our throats 24/7.

    August 23, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Jo

    If Palin throws her hat into the race, she, and the party she's running in, will be the instant object of national hate.

    August 23, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Thor

    Still wondering about the comments that refer to "God". Wondering ...which "God"? Is it the Baptist God? ...Methodist God? Presbyterian God? Catholic God? Bhudist (sp?) God? Oh wait, I know! It's the Puritan God! After all, weren't the Puritans the "First White Americans"? ... no wait... wasn't it the Amish? Oh heckfire! I just can't remember which "God" it is. I think I like the Puritan and/or the Amish God. "He" requires his women to sit in the black horse-drawn cart with down-cast eyes, following the commandmants of her husband. Oh yeah ... right! I would suggest that perhaps, my point really, is that you ought to be careful of which "god" you ask to follow in these United States Prayers of Allegiance; you might very well find that there is actually not a "Christian" god in the folds of the binding. Abbah? Allah? Sidartha? The burning bush? Odin?

    August 23, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Sandy

    "Is she ill"

    Yes, in the head.

    August 23, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. lynn

    Palin is as irrelavent as saying my dog is running for the White House. My form of a joke, her status as a joke.

    August 23, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Tam

    Insanity! But shrewd insanity. She can't think, she can't speak, she can't figure anything out, and yet - she has so many supporters willing to hand over their hard-earned money?

    August 23, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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