March 6th, 2012
09:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin on open convention: Anything is possible

(CNN) - In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not shoot down the idea of accepting a proposal to run for president should the Republican presidential race lead to an open convention in August.

"Anything is possible. I don't close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn't close that door," Palin said after casting her vote in Alaska's Republican caucuses. "My plan is to be at that convention."

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Speaking at a caucus site in her hometown of Wasilla to CNN's Paul Vercammen, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee declined to say whom she voted for on Tuesday.

Palin has long been calling for an extended nominating process, insisting a longer primary season will more thoroughly vet the eventual GOP nominee ahead of the general election.

"I believe the competition makes all our candidates better. Remember, there are five men running for president, and I think Barack Obama is the worst choice," she said.

She added that the ideal Republican nominee would be able to "bust through" what she called "Orwellian-Obama rhetoric and pandering."

Pressed on whether she would consider running for office in the future, Palin said she would "seriously consider" whatever she could do to help the country and "put things back on the right track."

"Anything I can do to help, I will be willing to help," Palin said.

The former governor also weighed in on the recent controversy over Rush Limbaugh's verbal attacks against a law student who advocated for contraception coverage.

Palin, echoing similar refrains this week from another top Republican woman, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, said the uproar over Limbaugh's comments were primarily driven by the left and argued conservative women face the same level of vitriol but without such an outcry.

"I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is he said in exercising his first amendment rights-and never is that, the same, applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless," Palin said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Alaska • Republicans • Sarah Palin
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. pn

    Can Palin name anybody on the left that democrats take seriously who have been making comments like Rush?

    March 6, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Like that's gonna happen. What will she do? Quit after she realizes the press will hound her more than they did during the campaign?

    March 6, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. geman

    go away.i`m begging you

    March 6, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. VictoriaJ

    Oh Sarah. Learn to speak in complete sentences and maybe someone will talk to
    you about leaving Alaska without one of your keepers.

    March 6, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. David

    Sarah is a non factor.

    March 6, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. Glenn

    Holy h_e_l_l woman! Do you really think there's even the slimmest of chances that the Republicans are going to nominate you if the convention winds up open? Your ignorance and arrogance knows no bounds!!! When are you going to get it through your head that, other than a very small group of simple-minded people, no one likes you!!! Please do us all a favor and slide back into the obscurity from which you came.

    March 6, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. GordyB

    Maybe she should listen to what Rush said that applies to all our daughters, wives,mothers, all women and not make it political. How could any women tolerate what Rush said regardless of political affiliation.

    March 6, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. labman57

    Palin has gotta keep up appearances, lest her foolish fan base come to their collective senses and recognize that Sarah only cares about the popular and financial success of Sarah.

    For Palin, it’s always about self-promotion in an effort to paint herself as God’s gift to patriotism so that her mindless minions will continue to throw their hard-earned money at her and she can continue to maintain the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed.

    Palin has had plenty of opportunities to step up to the plate and declare her candidacy. But she lacks the intellect, the work ethic, and the intestinal fortitude for a serious campaign ... and she knows it.

    So instead she has opted for the world of "make believe" where she can pretend that she is - or might possibly, perhaps, one day officially become - a candidate, and thereby rake in millions of dollars (via donations, book sales, and speaking engagements), bask in the media spotlight, give shallow, snarky speeches and interviews, and evade any true responsibilities.

    Advice to Palinites - get used to the disappointment.

    March 6, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. OrangeW3dge

    "...rhetoric and pandering." – – –
    And, of course she would never stoop that low.
    Then she has the nerve to protect Limbaugh with:
    "I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out..."
    "Leftist Radicals"

    You know the issue with Rush was that fact that he attacked someone without cause while exercising his 1st amendment rights, but he refused to allow the other person their fist amendent rights. So Sarah is defending some people having Constitutional rights, but not the ones she would "disagree" with.

    March 6, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. David

    Out of curiosity, who are the "leftist radicals" Palin speaks of, and what are the "horrible things" that were said "about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless"?

    March 6, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. maf

    Please ask Sarah to define "Orwellian – Obama rhetoric and pandering". Rush has not retracted his remarks, so will Sarah backstep tomorrow because she "misspoke"? Sarah, I hope you get a chance to be front and center at an Open GOP Convention, only to be shown how truly irrelevant you are in the Republican scheme of things. Even if you decide that 2016 is your time, you will find that it isn't!!

    March 6, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Kay

    This is hysterical!!! She still thinks this extended primary season is *good* for Republican candidates??? She has a son with Down Syndrome...and still says "the handicapped"??? I wonder what she's *really* hoping will happen at the convention.

    March 6, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Melo-D

    Of course she will leave the door open, how else can she bilk her supporters for more money. The only way she can keep that sweet SarahPac money flowing is if she is running for office. So Palin supporters how did you like sending Sarah on vacation this summer? Looks like she is having fun spending your money. Good for her..

    March 6, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. jim

    Who "forced" Rush to apologize? Ms. Palin continues to astonish me. Rush "apologized" (kind of like crocodile tears) because sponsors (remember Sarah, Rush gins up controversy to sell soap...) were voting with their feet. As in, disassociate with him as soon as possible because the majority of the "shoppers" in this country are women. Sarah, are you seeing the connection, yet? To say that , "conservative women face the same level of vitriol but without such an outcry", is an insult to all conservative women, as it suggests that they should quietly tolerate verbal abuse by men. If her point was that conservative women suffer more honorably, then she missed the point completely, as they should not have to suffer at all.

    March 6, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Thomas

    "Anything I can do to help, I will be willing to help," Palin said.

    Sarah is so giving , understanding and self sacrificing. A true patriot and spiritual Diva warrior.

    Paylin / Gingrich

    March 6, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Pat

    If there is anything dumber than an uneducated republican or greedier than an educated republican or self-esteem challenged as a non-white republican or a fool who would consider voting for palin.........then I don't know how those people live with themselves and call themselves patriotic Americans.

    March 6, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Calcommuter

    It's been a good week for Democrats. Rush spoke. Barbara Bush said this was the worst campaign season ever. And now here's Sarah. Again. Her fifteen minutes were up twenty minutes ago.

    March 6, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. fsmgroupie

    Santorum / Palin – 2012 EEEEHAAAAW !!!

    March 6, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Meh

    meh, who cares...

    March 6, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. dina

    This is so wearisome, this woman who never goes away.Her ego drives her.She is a nothing, a quitter, a ditzhead. Why doesn't the media let her go back to Wasilla. Does she know the president only makes about $400,000 a year. That is certainly not enough to keep her in heels and dog sleds. She is so annoying and dub. Right have her define Orwellian. Bet she can't do it.

    March 6, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  21. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, intelligent women cringe.

    March 6, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Could this woman possibly be more stupid?? Sure don't know why anyone in the media still follows her. Maybe just for the comic relief.

    March 6, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. Penny

    Why in God's name does ANYONE care what this woman, who has this propensity to cause issues every time she opens her mouth, thinks about anything these days? I mean, she's no longer governor nor did she make VP, Thank God. I think she ought to fade into the background and go back to looking at Russia from her backyard.

    March 6, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Mercfan

    Sarah needs the rush of being up in front of a crowd. Amazing, she has get out there on Super Tuesday to throw her two cents in even when she's not a candidate. The GOP does not need her stamp of approval to hold a contested Convention. I'm surprise she still has a base. She shows up to campaign for other Conservatives – to raise money for their campaigns. But they have to pay her for her appearance. Other Republicans do not do this. If Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels shows up on a campaign stop for someone, the campaign just pay for their traveling expenses.

    Palin gets up in front of the Tea party like she is the voice of their cause while she is getting paid millions for these speaking engagements that they are paying out of their pockets. Money would be better spent if they got someone else and pocketed what they are paying her. It puts their candidate at a disadvantage. These people are a bunch of lemmings. She certainly has them all fooled.

    March 6, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. slupdawg

    I'm sure she is open to it, and who cares what she's open to anyway?

    March 6, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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