Sarah Palin Appears Willing to Challenge Pro-Abortion President Obama in 2012

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sarah Palin Appears Willing to Challenge Pro-Abortion President Obama in 2012

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 8
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Sarah Palin has demurred ever since the 2008 presidential election about whether she would be willing to challenge pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2012. Over the weekend, the former Alaska governor made her most telling comments yet about a potential candidacy of her own.

Palin told Fox News in an interview Saturday at the national Tea Party convention that she "would be willing" to take on Obama in the next election.

She said Obama’s "lack of experience" has played a role in him having what many Americans call a failed first year in the White House.

Palin told Fox News she would be willing to match her credentials against his.

"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 would. I would if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family. Certainly, I would do so," Palin said when asked about a potential candidacy in 2012.

"I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," Palin said. "I don’t know if it’s going to be ever seeking a title, though."

But she qualified her statement by saying she sees "many" qualified potential presidential 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."

Yet, Palin left the door open to her own bid by saying, "I won’t close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."

The pro-life advocate is looking ahead to the 2010 elections and told Fox news she plans to support candidates for Congress and governor in the upcoming contests.

"I do want competition to allow the cream of the crop to rise (in the GOP contests)," Palin said, adding that she would attend rallies, donate money through her political action committee, and lend her support by way of endorsements. "There are hundreds of candidates on local, state and on the national level that hopefully we’ll be able to help."

During her speech to the national Tea Party convention in Nashville, Palin said she hoped the pro-abortion, government-run health care bill would die soon.

"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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