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. milehighguy

    Oh please!, Oh please! if there is a god, let her run for president.

    March 7, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  2. NoKidding

    This woman is dumb beyond description. How is it that she still gets asked about anything is beyond me... by the way, I am still waiting to see when she will ask for Romney to show his birth certificate to prove he wasn't born in Mexico, and when she will express concerns that Romney might be palling around with mexican drug lords just because he is mexican. I won't hold my breath. It's OK for her to spew that venom on Obama, but don't expect her to do the same to her fellow republican.

    March 7, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. max33333445555

    palin could manage to secure a spot and seriously damage the chance of the chosen candidate. she was a large reason the republicans lost the last one....

    March 7, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. The-Least-Unelectable

    When will Ron Paul drop out?

    March 7, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. Roxane Lance

    I don't need CNN calling my vote for Ron Paul an anti-Romney vote. I guess now news is reporting what I am thinking and why I voted? You don't mention Ron Paul because you know that he is a threat to your establishment. Then you wonder why he hasn't won a state? Half of American doesn't even know who he is thanks to your black out!

    March 7, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  6. Anonymous

    RRC says it well, below (March 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm)...

    The super conservatives have been conducting a campaign of hyperbole ever since the 2008 election.

    Why don't the Republicans come up with something constructive ?? Where is their plan for jobs, or for balancing the budget ? C

    Simply calling for "less regulations" and yet more tax cuts is not going to have much positive impact.

    March 7, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  7. Hank

    RRC says it well, below (March 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm)...its all hot air.

    The super conservatives have been conducting a campaign of hyperbole ever since the 2008 election.

    Why don't the Republicans come up with something constructive ?? Where is their plan for jobs, or for balancing the budget ?

    Simply calling for "less regulations" and yet more tax cuts is not a road map for the future.

    March 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. helenecha

    Don't joke opponents, Sarah Palin. You can do better than you expect.

    March 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. 1-866-747-7005

    I really really really want to see a Palin-Bachmann ticket. They would make for some very fine bikini mudwrestling. I say we demand mudWRESTLING, not mudSLINGING........

    March 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. bigeasyman

    Why do we constantly have to hear nonsense from the dumbest woman in the country ??? She is so gross to look at, and her voice is like fingernails grinding down a chalkboard !! Her ideas are childlike....why can't a carribou hunt her down.

    March 7, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Unbeliever

    Maxine Waters for one. She has never apologized for any of the inappropriate words she has used to describe people on the right. Bill Maher reaches quite a few people and has referred to Palin a a lot of really bad words. Jimmy Fallon is on network TV and the song he used when Bachman was on his show. There are many and rarely do they suffer any real consequences. While I agree with Jon Stewart that the press is in general lazy and sensationalistic, I also think there is a slight leftist slant on CNN and the networks. There is a definite right wing slant on Fox and MSNBC has sold their soul to the Democrat party. I personally think Rush is an entertainer, just like Maher and Fallon. They have the right to say what they want to. People have the right to not patronize their show or their sponsors. I mainly get tired of the partisan nature of the arguments. In some people's eyes their side is always right and the other side is always wrong. The fact is that both parties are killing this nation. Neither has the best interests of the country at heart. Both parties are only interested in winning re-election so they can pay back political favors.

    March 7, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Peikoviany

    Palin doesn't have the skills required to rip-off a Bible-themed amusement park.

    March 7, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  13. Dave A.

    Obama!! A truly great man and a great president! The right nut bags are just blowing hot air

    March 7, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  14. B in Boise

    Ed Helms said it best in "The Hangover" and it applies well to Sarah Palin.

    "You are literally too stupid to insult."

    March 7, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. peter griffin

    What no real jobs for forcing out the politicians that forced others to live under the criminal will of the hostile abuse of power by the regan/bush/clinton/Obama politicians for their criminal posterity by a corrupt judiciary still attempting to coverup a deficit of slavery for others ?

    March 7, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  16. alaskan_spirit

    Looks like SaraPAC needs more cash flowing into her coffers

    March 7, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  17. Joe Roberts

    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 |

    Oh no he won't! Obama has failed this country and Sarah appealing could do a better job.

    March 7, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  18. TornOpen

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. She stands for nothing. She caters to the most idiotic voter base, the religous idiots who think Jesus is their invisible best friend. In what world does Sarah Palin even qualify to be President? She was a lazy quitter as governor. She became governor sleeping her way through the old boys network in Alaska. She is a joke and any moron who would vote for Sarah Palin needs to be sterilized.

    March 7, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  19. Kris

    I'm pretty sure the only people saying horrible things about the handicapped, women, and the defenseless are the Republican TV stooges who berate the fact that the government spends taxpayer money helping such people try to live a better life.

    March 7, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  20. Iron Mike

    She hunts caribou...BFD have you seen the size of those things? freaking enormous! Hitting wolves from a chopper is no big deal either. Until she appears on Top Shot she'll never get my vote.

    Lin / Tebow '12

    March 7, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  21. tcaros

    She speaks for who???

    March 7, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  22. tcaros

    Thank Johnnie McCain for this one.

    March 7, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  23. Bibico

    Sounds like Palin picked up the Cliff's Notes for 1984. Or had someone tell her what "Orwellian" meant. Right after she read this week's People magazine and voted for herself as a write-in in the Alaska primary.

    March 7, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. DDanny1

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE run Sarah. Tosh.0. You are the gift that keeps on giving. I can almost guarantee you could get MILLIONS in political contributions from comedians. They know a wise investment when they see one.

    March 7, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. DAL

    If Palin really wants to run, I would contribute handsomely to her campaign just to see her get squashed so we would never, ever have to hear from her again!

    March 7, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
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