The former Alaska governor, in an interview on the sidelines of the National Tea
Party Convention in Nashville, said President Obama's "lack of experience" has
held him back his first year in office and that she would put her credentials up
against his any day.
"I would be willing to if I believe that it's right for the country," Palin said when asked if she would run for president in 2012.
She qualified the statement, adding that she sees "many" other potential
candidates who are "in as strong or stronger position than I am to take on the
White House and if they're in a better position than I in three years, I'll support them."
But the former GOP vice presidential nominee told "Fox News Sunday": "I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."
She delivered the keynote address Saturday at the tea party convention, using it to hammer Obama as soft on terrorism. When convention organizer Judson Phillips mentioned the idea of "President Palin" in a question-and-answer session afterward, audience members leapt to their feet and burst into a chant of "Run, Sarah, Run."
In the near-term, Palin said she is going to focus her energy on the upcoming GOP primaries, and that she may support "hundreds" of candidates in the months ahead.
"I do want competition to allow the cream of the crop to rise (in the GOP contests)," Palin said, adding that her support would translate into everything from donations to
campaign rallies. "There are hundreds of candidates on local, state and on the
national level that hopefully we'll be able to help."
She said tea party support will "absolutely" be critical for candidates in some
districts and that the GOP should not be scared of the movement.
"It absolutely helps (the Republican Party) and those who are fearful about it and
those who are trying to stir up controversy about it -- they obviously are
apprehensive in terms of the message getting out there, and those people are gonna get thumped because this is a good message," she said. "Who can argue this movement?"
Asked whether she believes she's more qualified than Obama, Palin showed little hesitation.
"In the campaign, we tried to bring attention to the fact that Obama had really not a lot of experience. And I do say that my executive experience, as an administrator, as a team manager if you will was, and so was John McCain's as a matter of fact, was stronger and we had more experience than Barack Obama did in terms of managing huge multi-billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees and that hasn't
changed," Palin said.
"I think that President Obama with all due respect, his lack of experience is really made manifest in the way that decisions are made in the White House today," she added.
Palin slammed Obama in her Nashville speech for his foreign and national security policies. And with health care reform on the ropes, she told FoxNews.com it's time to pull the plug.
"I sure wish that the present tool being used to reform health care would die, but I don't trust as far as I can throw them some of the people who are saying ok, we'll slow down," she said. "What they're working on today there in Congress and the White House, it needs to die."
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
Judson Berger reports on an interview that Governor Palin had with Foxnews.com at the Tea Party Convention. From this interview, it is clear that Governor Palin is willing to run against Obama in 2012 if the door opens and she feels it is the best thing for the country at that time.