December 13th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

In Haiti, Palin urges U.S. to do more to help

Justine Redman
AC360° Producer

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was in Haiti on Sunday, urging the U.S government and other Americans to do more to help the earthquake-ravaged country.

"Not to get political, but if some of the politicians would come here and see the conditions perhaps they would see the need for, say, a military airlift to bring the supplies that are so needed here," she said.

Palin spoke at a brief press conference at a warehouse owned by the Samaritan's Purse organization north of Port-au-Prince.

"(I) don't want Americans to forget the need that is here," she said. "More importantly, for Americans and people across the world to know what an individual can do to make a difference, to contribute, to kind of get out of your comfort zone and volunteer to help."

Palin praised Samaritan's Purse for "doing God's work." Samaritan's Purse describes itself on its website as "a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world."

Palin said she would not take questions from reporters. "The reason I won't be answering questions is because we don't need to be getting political here today," Palin said.

The former Republican vice-presidential nominee thanked her husband and daughter Bristol for joining her on the trip and said she hopes Bristol could help raise awareness of Haiti's needs among young people.

As she was whisked off the makeshift stage to her waiting car, Palin answered one question from CNN's Gary Tuchman, who asked what was different from what she expected to find in Haiti.

"Much harsher than I had expected, the conditions are much rougher," Palin replied.

Palin is widely thought to be considering a run for president in 2012.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Haiti • Haiti Earthquake • Sarah Palin
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. brenda

    Love Sarah Palin...2012

    December 14, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  2. munich

    What's next? She pops over to Thailand to help the tsunami victims?

    December 14, 2010 at 12:52 am |
  3. Becky

    Palin is just evil and this only a photo-op. She has done nothing for humanity.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Does Palin not have something on which she has no opinion on? She seems to pop up everywhere along with her family. If she is doing this to lay the base for a Presidental race in 2012 then she is going to be in super-saturated state by the time the campaigns really start. It would be nice if the network news would quit giving her free coverage; it would be a relief to be Palin free in the news.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  5. alice

    Hry Palin, guess what that airlift of supplies was done almost a year ago. Get a book, magazine or just watch ac360* and you would have known this. Apparently she now has alot of time on her hands because her book is not selling as well as the first. You know those folks who purchased that first one are saying " fool me once...". Please stop giving this woman a forum, Anderson Cooper your better than that.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  6. Larry Willis


    Sarah Palin is asking the government/american people to do more. My response to this statement is shortly after the earthquake, the President gave the country of Haiti so many millions of dollars not to mention the generous outpouring support of the American People and others countries around the world. You want us to do more- Then give us updates on what's been done with the funds already given.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm |