January 3rd, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Palin in 2012: Can she win or can't she?

Speaking Sunday on ABC's This Week, longtime conservative columnist George Will ruled out any possibility that the former Alaska governor could be victorious in a general election contest.

Speaking Sunday on ABC's This Week, longtime conservative columnist George Will ruled out any possibility that the former Alaska governor could be victorious in a general election contest.

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – With the Republican presidential race expected to officially gear up in the coming weeks, Sunday brought divergent predictions from two prominent Republicans on just how viable a Sarah Palin candidacy could be.

The divergent opinions are illustrative of the ongoing debate within the Republican Party – especially between the new and old guard – over whether Palin will prove to be more of a force for good or bad in the coming months as the party sets its sights on ensuring President Obama is limited to one term.

Speaking on ABC's This Week, longtime conservative columnist George Will ruled out any possibility the former Alaska governor could be victorious in a general election contest, which is usually decided by swing suburban voters who hold more moderate positions than those that Palin espouses.

"The president's secret weapon may be the Republican nominating electorate," he said. There is one person, high in the polls, Sarah Palin, who cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided. In the collar counties outside Chicago, Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia- just can't compete there."

Will is placing his bet on outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, should he decide to run.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. valencia winfrey

    Yes, she can win if she's running against my 10 year old son!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Todd

    I don't believe that Palin has all americans in her interests. Her ratings are more important, and is probably the reason for her daughter to be on dancing with the stars, and then her whole family to start a reality tv show. Then I hear that you can get a gun in VA,
    no Id required. The kicker to that is their having a gun show in Tucson AZ. I here she attends alot of NRA functions. Just turn your head Sarah, when another shooting occurs.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  3. Gem

    She's electible..that is why Democrats, Liberals and progressives hated her and feared her so much.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  4. Antoine - Michigan

    After hiding out 4 days near the bridge to nowhere, the former half-term governor waits until the day of the nationally televised memorial service when Americans, the government and religious leaders came together to honor and respect those injured, those who lost their lives and those who performed extraordinary heroic deeds to save their fellow man due to this senseless tragedy. Yet, Alaska's Sarah finds it necessary to launch her typical diatribe once again to come to her defense. Her scripted rant once again was self-centered, empty and sadly enough it wasn't even about one victim or family member grieving or fighting for their life today. It was all about Sarah's crushed feelings and having to take the heat for her typical nonsensical vitriol discourse that she offers only to her base of supporters. I don't care how many millions she rakes in on book tours and her trail of propaganda, she is no where near Presidential, prepared or mature enough to represent these United States of America. Her best defense is ignorance!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  5. Priscîlla Roland

    I think it's obvious Sarah Palin is in this for the money. She quit as governor to travel and speak (and getting paid for it) Then she writes a book. More money. And she tops it off with a reality show. More money. And I saw her give an interview that she said " I would never do a reality show and put my kids through that". So she did! Could the American voters be stupid enough to vote her in? I think not. But if she runs it might help her opponent win!!!!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin is responsible for John McCain's 2008 presidential demise, surely Republicans can't be that stupid again. Palin and her family would be like putting the Beverly Hillbillies in the WH and America would be the laughing stock of the World. Check out the resumes of the 11 women presidents around the World as well as their spouses.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    The gentleman is absolutely right. She appeals to the of the centre of the Republican party and all of the right of centre.
    I am sure of two things in the 2008 Presidential and VP campaigns, she improved the prospects and final vote for Republicans, but alienated to many left of centre Republicans and so called blue dog Democrats and Independents and would do so again. ( I mean voters classified as such not the resultant Reps or Senators)
    Finally she clearly lost on the basis of the competition with Joe Biden as next in line to a President, and would do so again in 2012 if it remains Obama Biden as highly likely.
    For me its onlyCNN limbaugh and othe r fanatic republicans who think she even has a remore chance of winning the nomination in the republican party presidential nomination system.
    The decoy suggestion is smart amd prescient but wont work!!

    January 4, 2011 at 5:21 am |
  8. Janine from PA

    People were moronic enough to put W in office, and do it twice, so I wouldn't be surprised. I hope some intelligence prevails and she is not even considered for nominaation.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  9. Jorge

    we don't need more reality shows.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  10. larry spelts

    if she runs that being palin i will vote for her,any one is better then oboma

    January 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  11. Annie Kate

    Hopefully Palin will realize that she can't win and will not run but will campaign for others. She could make a meaningful contribution there and hopefully not polarize the election more than it will be already. Palin is not ready to be President and I doubt she ever will be.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  12. Freda Moore

    I think that she is a lovely person, but she will not win the election for the Republicans.

    January 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  13. adriano

    An Emmy for her reality show. lol

    January 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  14. Courtney

    I thought so, but then I tuned into her show. I am going with a definite NO at this point.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  15. Ken Gericke

    Gov Palin is a bit like not checking the numbers on the lottery ticket you bought after the drawing...it really can't win, but as long as it isn't officially a loser, it has "potential". SP has certainly made a place for herself as pundit/fundraiser/reality show star/author, but elected official? What are the odds?

    January 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  16. jonathan

    george will is part of that old guard he is talking about. these are the same people who said reagan couldn't win, that reagan was so divisive. that's why sarah is feared – because she is the next ronald reagan and can and will win.

    January 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  17. Lanette Higley

    I recognize that female politicians face scrutiny, so please tell me why and how Sarah Palin has risen to the public media with rocket speed? What oil tycoon, insurance franchise or other powerhouse is behind her publicity, money and power. Some special interest group is underwriting her. Who and why? Follow the money, you will always find the answer. Probably not an answer we want, but an answer. Or is she just the decoy, we are so busy watching the train wreck that we miss what is really going on?

    January 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  18. Matt Smith

    The only way she will win is if all intelligent Americans fall off the face of the earth. She does not want to be President....she would have to take a paycut.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  19. debbie

    Sarah Pahlin will become president just as soon as Tom Cruise leaves katie holmes and runs away with me!!

    January 3, 2011 at 11:46 am |

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