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. Larry

    And Jeb Bush is sitting out by the pool, not spending a cent and smiling. The red states will vote red again, but at a brokered convention depending on a running mate, Ma, Pa, or Nj could change colors. If the candidates don't slime each other too badly in the primaries, our present President could have a real skirmish on his hands come November.

    March 6, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. JPX

    Palin would never run for president. She had proven time and time again that she is a reality TV star who is in it for the money. She appeals to stupid, uneducated people and she knows that the real money is in pretending that she is running for president. Thankfully, Obama will be president for a second term.

    March 6, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Total2199

    That is very good, this woman will just add more embarassment to the GOP elections. They deserve it if GOP is only able to prduce leaders like her.

    March 6, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. bobby

    its over... Obama by a landslide, just wait patiently and see!

    March 6, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. BigRed

    When George Orwell wrote 1984 he articulated a future dominated by a fascist country constantly at war where the populace was worked to death and living in constant poverty. This Orwellian future sounds more Right Wing totalitarian then the liberal progressive future of a Democrat America. The woman clearly has no idea what she is talking about.

    March 6, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Thisisme

    When people were dragging Bristol into the campaign in 2008 and insulting her, Obama issued a statement saying that it was completely inappropriate to attack any candidate's children. I doubt Palin would ever extend the same courtesy were pundits to drag Malia and Sasha into the campaign.

    March 6, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. RRC

    So who are these "leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless," who have nationally syndicated radio shows and are even broadcast to the armed service?

    Funny.Haven't heard any of there remarks in the news cycle, just the complaints that they are occurring.

    March 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  8. Bee

    Who cares what Palin is "open" to? Even the shadow of a suggestion that she might be the Republican nominee is sheer lunacy. I am all for a capable woman as President, but this woman is not capable. All she really knows how to do is hunt caribou. I'll give her that.

    March 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. GEETO

    Bring it on Sarah !!! You torpedoed McCain and hopefully your folksy charm and pert coiffure will torpedo whichever GOP candidate emerges from the Insane Clown Posse.

    March 7, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  10. Thisisme

    @ RRC, you forget the huge left conspiracy. Apparently it extends through all of the media (including Catie Couric who had the audacity to ask Palin to name a newspaper she reads) and all of the businesses who are pulling their ads from Rush's show. So how can we hope to hear any names when it seems that the entire world, in fact everybody but the Tea Party, is part of a vast left-wing conspiracy?

    March 7, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. GI Joe.

    She'll go for VP again - knowing that most womem want to control their own lives and families and not be controlled by church or corporation.

    March 7, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. humberto

    Forget who's running for President, who's going to be the US Attorney General ???

    March 7, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. Pat in IL

    She just gets dumber every year!

    March 7, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. Cynthia

    Sarah doesn't care that Rush lied to his listeners about what was really said at the hearing?? She calls lying and slander free speech. If she defends his slurs and lying then, she approves of gutter politics. So much for rising above vitrol.
    This woman wants her fans to keep contributing money to her PAC based on the lie that she just might run again. How pathetic does a person get?

    March 7, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Peter

    Delusional as always.

    March 7, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. plunger

    I want to smoke what she's smoking

    March 7, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. Reno

    I'm not totally convinced that the solution to the Republican primaries producing three unelectable guys and a liar is to run someone even more unelectable who is also a liar.

    March 7, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Tom, Farmington, Utah

    Poor Sarah,
    so attractive, yet
    so delusional,
    with measurements
    that in total
    equals her IQ.

    March 7, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  19. Neurodoc

    Palin and Bachmann are so full of it it is nauseatingly painful to listen to what either one says.
    I am unaware of any instance where an individual with the power and influence of Rush Limaugh but on the left has ever called out and personally degraded anyone like Ms Fluke was
    There is a big difference between saying things about a group who you do not agree with and degrading a specific individual with the words such as were used on national radio.
    But both Palin and Bachmann and the truth haven't often met so what can we expect
    Her being offered the republican nod for presidential candidate–I'll comment after I stop laughing

    March 7, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. keshav

    palin is sucks it is bad for GOP , these kind of people running the party and party spoke person.good luck Obama

    March 7, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Robert Austin

    Why does the main stream media give this twit coverage. She belongs on the front page of "The National Enquirer" with the Kardasians.

    March 7, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. simi

    give us a break. Palin is ready for what ? president of Lunar colony

    March 7, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. Fritz Hohenheim

    The only handicapped person who was ever ridiculed from the left is you, halftime governor.

    March 7, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  24. Alex

    GO BACK TO YOUR IGLOO SARAH – half the Republicans wouldn't even show up to vote if the candidate were someone they had no part in selecting, especially Sarah Palin. Why does the media still give her air time?

    March 7, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  25. Michael Hobart

    I doubt that Palin would be willing to give up the money she makes by teasing the media. She is in favor of the extended nomination process, then hints that she would accept the nomination if offered – without having had to do any work of course 🙂 I'm sorry Sarah, your 15 minutes of fame are long since up. If you found running Alaska, with it's surplus due to TAXES, too difficult to handle, you would find running the country absolutely impossible.

    March 7, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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