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Palin asks whether ‘title’ worth joining 2012 race

September 28, 2011

Sarah Palin says the biggest thing she’s thinking about  as she decides whether or not to run for president  is whether a title would be a shackle and stifle her message.

“Through my process of decision-making with my family and my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination for 2012 – Is a title worth it?  Does a title shackle a person?” Palin said Tuesday night on the  Fox News show “On the Record.”

“Someone like me who’s a maverick? I do go rogue and I call it like I see it and I don’t mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively to find solutions to the problems that our country is facing,” Palin continued.

“Somebody like me, is a title and a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there and out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what’s going on, or what contributors or political pundits want it to be?” Palin said.

“Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see  it and to affect positive change that we need in this country?” Palin said, explaining:  “That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.”

“You don’t need a title to make a difference,” she said in what could be a major clue about which way she’s leaning.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has said she would decide by the end of September whether to join the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Friday is the last day of  September, so time  is running out.

Palin is the only big-name Republican left who could launch a run for the White House this late in the race… But by doing so, she would risk a new round of unflattering publicity — the kind of negative focus on her and her family that dogged her vice presidential run in 2008 and left her embittered by the experience,” Reuters’ Steve Holland wrote about Palin’s predicament.

In her appearance on Fox News,  Palin expressed confidence she could win the Republican nomination — if she decides to pursue it.

“I wouldn’t have gone this far in my thinking about whether to run or not had I not had the confidence to believe that Americans are ready for someone out of the box, certainly outside of the permanent political class,” she said.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young (Palin at Tea Party of America rally in Indianola, Iowa)

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Wrong! The only thing she has ever thought is ‘show me the money’. She is now desperately trying to figure out how to parlay a role she never had, philosopher queen, into some form of annuity. To do that, she would have to have an original thought, and she is limited to the script she’s been provided so that’s out. Best she can hope for is some form of declining status behind Newt. Newt is smart, can be original, and also needs the money. Still, there might be some scraps post ’12. If she takes a fed govt. job she runs into ethics and competency issues. She’s done in AK, Lisa Murkowski is now one of the most vindictive opponents she’s got.

Posted by ARJTurgot2 | Report as abusive
 

“I call it like I see it”

That doesn’t mean you are right.

“I don’t mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively to find solutions”

Stirring it up and creating debate doesn’t find solutions. Listening with an open mind and a willingness to compromise leads to solutions.

America needs a president that unites the country and doesn’t continue to drive a wedge between us along party lines. Its unfortunate that even if we did elect such a president there are still too many in the senate and congress who will always oppose party rivals for anyone to realize we did.

Posted by Buelligan | Report as abusive
 

When she realized the position of POTUS only pays $450k/yr, she thought ‘aw shucks, not enough to cover my legal bills in Alaska’. Plus, the fact that Michele Bachmann is less than an afterthought now probably didn’t help her perceived chances as a female candidate.

Posted by CDN_Rebel | Report as abusive
 

Annonymous quote from an email that is being passed around:

“1.Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar.

2. Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

3. The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork.” She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State-provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine – that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

4. Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

5. For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. Then, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.

6. President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewable by 2025. Alaska is already at 25%.”

Go Sarah Go!!!

Posted by Bretfox | Report as abusive
 

Sarah, you are right. It is not the title that counts, it is results that counts. You have a solid record of getting things done. You and maybe Herman Cain are the only two candidates that might have a shot at saving America. The other candidates are the same old same old. If you or Herman Cain do not get elected, America is finished as a free nation.

You have already been slandered more than any human on earth so they cannot hurt you anymore. I urge you to take that bold step, for America, and get in and duke it out. We will stand behind you with money and support.

Posted by Bretfox | Report as abusive
 

@bretfox….I will add one for you….

7. Then after accomplishing all these ‘great’ things she quit on Alaska cause she could not handle people looking into how she ran things.

Posted by USAPragmatist | Report as abusive
 

@Bretfox, I almost forgot, has her love of country ever been questioned? has her citizenship ever been questioned? Seriously dude get a clue, the criticism directed to her has been mostly due to her policy choices not her character.

Let us compare this to Obama, who repeatedly has had his religion, citizenship and character questioned.

Also, She is not interested in running for President as it will kill her cash cow, being a political ‘pundit’ for FOX and writing books.

Posted by USAPragmatist | Report as abusive
 

I thought when you ran for POTUS you where doing it to do good for the country not to get a ‘title’? Just goes to show where this woman is coming from that she thinks she would run for POTUS just for the title.

Posted by USAPragmatist | Report as abusive
 

You can’t be a rouge and POTUS at the same time. The president represents everyone, and can’t ‘call it as you see it’ when it pisses off more than 50% of your constituents. Saying simple phrases, like ‘blood libel’ have major ramifications, and, by gosh, some of them are your constituents too.

As for turning in the governor’s jet and washing their own dishes, I sure hope that the POTUS doesn’t have time for that…I think that there are more important issues for them to focus on other than the first family’s meal plan.

Posted by Mike_s1 | Report as abusive
 

If you ask yourself that set of questions, seriously, you don’t deserve the nomination.

Posted by Adam_S | Report as abusive
 

what a showboating jackass… running for the president is something you should do with integrity and backbone. you don’t look at it as something that might slow you down… she’s been keeping people on the hook like this because she knows it increases her celebrity status every day. a title should not change the way you deal with a situation or your opinions on any given matter. if it does then you had to lie to get elected and that’s B.S.

I am of the opinion that any given candidate for political office should run entirely based on how they feel and then allow the people to choose the person who most represents their interests. that’s the whole purpose of the electoral college system. you dont run for office while considering whether or not you can be yourself if you win, you run as yourself and hope the people agree with you.

palin needs to get off the political stage and go back to making reality t.v. shows seeing as that appears to be the kind of image she intends to cultivate.

Posted by pyronius | Report as abusive
 

Is she basically saying she would be worthless as POTUS? In other words with her as president it would really just be a title. Does she not have anything to offer? She is not qualified and she knows it. She simply does not want to give up the attention so she comes up with this load of bull.

Posted by douthink | Report as abusive
 

Really what Sarah is asking is “can I handle being the one making the decisions, or should I stay in a position to pass judement while others take on the burden of command?”

Its easy to say a decision is good or bad when you aren’t the one who is ultimatly responsible for it.

Posted by Buelligan | Report as abusive
 

Reality star is your title.

Posted by KaizerSoze | Report as abusive
 

Palin knows that “there’s no business like show business. It’s the only business she knows”.

Posted by geesam47 | Report as abusive
 

Why is someone who couldn’t hack it as Governor even contemplating the Presidency? Anyone?

Posted by HAL.9000 | Report as abusive
 

I don’t want to see my Sarah shackled by any title or position or responsibility that would serve as a benchmark against which to judge whether she can actually do the job.

Stay a free, unshackled spirit, Sarah.

That way, every time you open your stupid mouth, you make a much more complete ass of yourself than anyone else could, but you’re not in a position of responsibility where you could do catastrophic damage to the Republic!

Posted by NukerDoggie | Report as abusive
 

I am amazed at the cruel and so obviously illiterate and biased comments about a woman who is so real and who has accomplished so much for the people of her state. Liberals really believe that they are the only good people. WHAT HYPOCRITS.They are not just mean spirited but truely evil, slandering truely good people, out of nothing but greed for money they didnt work for and power over people they feel superior to. Just remember, when you have nothing to eat and are told what one room shanty you can live in with your family, you asked for socialism and you got it. Do you really think people will continue to work their 18 hour days(as most executives do) to support your lazy–.Poverty is all you will ever get from socialism. It is all it has ever produced over time.

Posted by Anonymous | Report as abusive
 

RUN SARAH RUN!
This election needs some comedy relief. We (me, stephen colbert; jon stewart; louis black, etc, the rest of the country) need a good slapstick routine. if you get bored join perry and bauchman for a revival of the THREE STOOGES. That would make a GREAT debate (whoop, whoop whoop!)
(You and micheal can fight it out to see who plays curley.

Posted by kehenalife | Report as abusive
 

No one votes a QUITTER into the office of president.

Posted by RailBended | Report as abusive
 

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