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Palin leaves door open to eventual White House bid
Asia One / AFP ^ | March 7, 2012

Posted on 03/06/2012 11:16:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin is a popular and influential member of the Republican party.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin coyly said Tuesday she could still make a tilt for the White House as Republican candidates battle it out for the divided party's 2012 nomination.

Although it would be an unlikely scenario, the controversial former 2008 vice-presidential candidate - speaking as she voted in her far northwestern state - said she might consider throwing her hat into the ring if pressed.

"I would seriously consider whatever I can do to help our country, to put things back on the right track," she told CNN, when asked about a run at the next presidential election, in 2016.

She was asked specifically what she would do if the Republican party faced an open convention this August - meaning none of the current candidates has sewn up the nomination by then - and someone asked her to stand.

"As I say, anything is possible. I don't close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn't close that door. My plan is to be at that convention," she added in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.

Palin, a darling of the Tea Party but lampooned and vilified by the left, flirted for months last year with running for the Republican ticket, eventually deciding against it in October.

But with the Republican race showing no sign of being wrapped up anytime soon - unusually for a party which traditionally chooses its candidate rapidly - Palin clearly senses there could be a role for her still.

The Republican party's 2008 presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, picked Palin as his running mate before being beaten by Democrat Barack Obama.

She was ridiculed abroad notably for foreign policy gaffes, but became a Tea Party leading light and media pundit, lashing out at big government and the "lamestream" media, while her family have joined the celebrity spotlight.

Palin's comments on Tuesday were her latest hint that she could yet return to the political limelight as Mitt Romney sought to deal a knockout blow to his rivals in the race to be the Republican nominee.

Romney is battling Christian conservative Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Representative Ron Paul. The latter is the only candidate who actually visited Alaska before Tuesday's vote.

In Anchorage on Tuesday night, there seemed little enthusiasm for any of the frontrunners - a trend noticed throughout the race, which has seen a succession of rivals leapfrogging into the lead over Romney, before fading.

"I like Rick Santorum. He seems the most believable candidate to me. Mitt Romney just makes me feel a little uneasy," said Mike Swanson, while admitting that he was "not very passionate" about the former Pennsylvania senator.

"It's the lesser of two evils for me," he added.

Andy Kriner said that he had switched allegiance in recent months: "I started with Herman Cain, then I went to Newt Gingrich, and now Romney is probably the guy who will get the nomination.

"He seems like a good guy. I'm not passionate about him, but I'm more passionate about him than I am Obama."

Asked if any of the Republican candidates could win against the incumbent president, he said: "If I had to bet on it, I'd say it would be hard for anybody to beat Obama."


TOPICS: Alaska; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2012; gingrich; palin; sarahpalin

1 posted on 03/06/2012 11:16:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

per headline: huh?


2 posted on 03/06/2012 11:19:55 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t how that would work. I wonder if she wishes that she would have decided to run. i still cant believe she backed down the way she did.


3 posted on 03/06/2012 11:22:11 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nah, maybe in 2016 or 2020... Now is not her time.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 11:23:37 PM PST by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Assuming the Myans just ran outta ink...


5 posted on 03/06/2012 11:24:12 PM PST by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

I don’t remember her backing down, I thought she said the time wasn’t right.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 11:24:37 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

You’ll have to ask her.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 11:29:27 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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9 posted on 03/06/2012 11:31:28 PM PST by Golden Gate
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

No one wants to run for President while going through menopause.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 11:33:09 PM PST by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: All; 2ndDivisionVet
AND:

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11 posted on 03/06/2012 11:34:41 PM PST by Golden Gate
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To: ponygirl

You have to be joking... thats a silly thing to say. Women in their late 40s and early 50s work stressfull jobs everyday and do fine


12 posted on 03/06/2012 11:39:22 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: ponygirl
No one wants to run for President while going through menopause.

Huh? I know one that I love and absolutely respect that did it while dealing with a very very stressful job. That was my Wife. Please tell me you are kidding?
13 posted on 03/06/2012 11:41:54 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: ponygirl

Are you kidding?
Personally I think women become tougher and more determined while going through M.
I mean really don’t mess with us during a hot flash. /s/


14 posted on 03/06/2012 11:47:23 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

hopefully she will wait till the last minute again in 2016 to say no

then she can do it again in 2020

I just can’t wait..lol

the war is on...the enemy (Romney first, Bro second) is engaged...she took her place in the stands instead of reaching for the baton that was as easy her’s as anyone still standing...arguably she was even the favorite..she was sure mine

so really who cares right now

and damn right whoever said she backed down

after that damned McGinnis book she folded pronto with little fanfare..a meek announcement on Levin’s show

she’s just another pundit now


15 posted on 03/06/2012 11:57:27 PM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: b4its2late
"maybe in 2016 or 2020."

I'm not being personal to you but seriously, I don't understand such analysis. There will not be an America in 2016 or in 2020 should Obama get reelected. It's likely too late regardless.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 12:03:11 AM PST by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: svcw

Hot flash indeed. It’s like being microwaved and I mean NO ONE better mess with me during that. LOL


17 posted on 03/07/2012 12:35:30 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like Sarah and all, but I’m not holding my breath. The country is on fire now. We don’t need firemen in 4 years. We need them now. As flawed as the current candidates may be, at least they stepped up.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 1:45:07 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

She’s going to be at the convention. She can ‘step up’ then. Talk about cutting the Gordian Knot.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 2:39:15 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow, she’s starting to “tease” us early.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 2:45:25 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love Sarah, but frankly 2016 may be too late.


21 posted on 03/07/2012 3:26:28 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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