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. Nissen

    Dear CNN – No one cares what Palin thinks, says or does. Could you please stop wasting space with her.

    March 7, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  2. twalk

    Palin stay in Alaska the USA does not need you. U are a quitter and phony.

    March 7, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. Lenny Pincus

    Right now, giving Ohio to Romney (which is a real stretch), Obama wins the electoral vote easily. Given where the polls are, Obama could actually increase his win from 2008. And if the primaries are any indication, Republican voters are either sitting this one out or have decreased as a percentage of the population.

    March 7, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  4. nru

    Just what we need – a dingbat in the whitehouse.

    March 7, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  5. Tony

    Oh, for the love of... GO AWAY.

    March 7, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. Thomas

    Do you know how much I would pay the Republican party to make her the nominee??? That would really make my day! But unfortunately I don't think even the GOP would be that stupid but who know we can all wish can't we

    March 7, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  7. Heat2Hot

    Any chance of getting Couric and her camera crew in front of Palin? Instead of asking her to name a magazine this time let's try something more challenging like crayons.

    March 7, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    Sarah needs to put down her Meth pipe and go to Betty Ford.

    March 7, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  9. Eric of Reseda

    "...applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless," Palin said." What?!?

    March 7, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  10. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    Sarah won't address her Methamphetamine abuse. First it was diet pills, now it's a pipe. She needs to detox!

    March 7, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  11. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    "Anything I can do to help, I will be willing to help," Palin said. Perhaps she could give theraputic-release therapy to conventioneers at the Republican National Convention.

    March 7, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  12. buckup

    Grizzly wing of the Republican Party of God.
    making America anti-social to defeat socialism.

    March 7, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. polite centrist


    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 MONTHS* ago.


    March 7, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  14. Roz

    "Horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless"? Hmm. Well, who made fun of a victim of Parkinson's once, flailing his fat body around and mocking the uncontrolled movements of the sufferers of that disease? Who has called the poor parasites and blood-suckers repeatedly? And no other personality has ever attacked women as viciously and maliciously as Limbaugh. Palin, go chase a moose or something.

    March 7, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  15. bp

    Palin again suffering one of her periodic bouts of publicity deprivation. When the going gets tough, the tough quit halfway through their first term and then talk about how they could have done better than those who didn't quit.

    β€œIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt

    March 7, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  16. Ron Montrose

    She does this every time she runs low on cash. Is anyone surprised? Really?

    March 7, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. jay

    please run

    March 7, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  18. John Craig

    obviously needs her meds adjusted to fix on reality. NOT reality TV...reality

    March 7, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  19. HillClimber

    Please stop interviewing Palin!!! She gets the idea that someone cares when in fact there are not idiots stupid enough (well, perhaps George Walker Bush referencing the idiot statement) to involve her in any aspect of government. She acts like the cat with a toy bouncing in front of her – like the child swiping at the mobile from its crib – or the addict who has fallen off the wagon and grasps for drugs while in a mental state of depravity. No! Sarah Palin is not a person – it is an ego unbounded! We need to put the stopper back in the bottle, bury the bottle in a very deep hole, and then to destroy all memory or map as to where that bottle is buried. We can only pray the site will never be discovered, whether intentionally or by accident. The future of the earth and of society depends on it!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  20. Anonymous

    I think it's going to be Romney/Santorium for the ticket

    March 7, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  21. lila

    Who cares about her or her opinion about anything, I'm baffled why she is news at all.

    March 7, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  22. j. morales

    I know that a lot of late night show comedians are praying that she will run. They are running out of material to talk about her.

    March 7, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  23. OrangeW3dge

    Wow. Sarah Palin throwing in with the Hate Radio crowd.
    Who woulda thunk it? But I guess it's better than the Gotcha Journals, right? You betcha !!!

    March 7, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |

    Snooki Palin wants to run wild at the convention like she did in 2008,once again helping our great President Obama win by a landslide.

    March 7, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  25. Perspecticus

    In my opinion, Sarah Palin truly believes that she is going to sit out the entire nominating process, glide into the convention, and be nominated as the GOP candidate. This, I think, is what she has always meant when referring to her intention to run a "non-traditional" campaign. I think she wildly overestimates herself and her support, but I believe becoming the candidate with the bare minimum of effort is exactly what she anticipates will happen.

    March 7, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
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