Sarah Palin Opens Door to Running With Mitt Romney Against Obama in 2012

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 15, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sarah Palin Opens Door to Running With Mitt Romney Against Obama in 2012

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 15
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Sarah Palin, the pro-life superstar who was John McCain’s running mate in 2008, opened the door yesterday at a Tea Party event appearance to running with potential 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Palin has been keeping herself in the limelight since the last election by writing a book and appearing on television and numerous events.

Palin is highly regarded by pro-life advocates for her pro-life stance and putting her money where her mouth is by having a disabled baby at a time when 90 percent of pregnancies featuring children with Down syndrome end in abortion.

With President Barack Obama aggressively promoting abortion and signing a pro-abortion health care bill into law, numerous Republicans are looking at the opportunity to run against him in 2012, including Palin and Romney.

But yesterday, according to the Boston Herald, Palin appeared willing to join a ticket with Romney, though she didn’t say if she would prefer to be on the top or bottom of it.

“Sounds pretty good,” Palin said when asked about the possibility, adding she was "serious" about the idea.

“I have a lot of respect for Mitt,” she told the Herald.

“Ha! I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet," the former Alaska governor added when asked about whether she or Romney would lead the ticket against Obama.

Palin hasn’t said she would run in 2012 with or without the former Massachusetts governor who was once pro-abortion but says he has changed his position to be pro-life.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom declined to say anything in response to the Herald other than praise Palin.

“Mitt Romney respects Sarah Palin and he appreciates the contributions she makes to the party,” he said when asked by the newspaper to comment on Palin’s remarks. “But his immediate focus is on helping Republicans win back the Congress in 2010.”

The comments come on the heels of a new CNN poll that tests some of the 2012 general election matchups pitting pro-life Republicans against pro-abortion President Barack Obama. It finds Obama leads four of his potential polls and also shows former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee leading all Republicans.

Most polling data thus far has shown either Huckabee, former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin, or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading potential GOP candidates among Republican voters.

2012 Presidential Primary Election Matchup
(498 Republicans, Margin of Error +/- 4.5%)
Huckabee 24 (+7 vs. last CNN poll, March 19-21)
Romney 20 (-2)
Palin 15 (-3)
Newt Gingrich 14 (+6)
Ron Paul 8 (unchanged)
Rick Santorum 3 (-2)
Tim Pawlenty 2 (-3)
Mike Pence 2 (-2)
Haley Barbour 1 (unchanged)

2012 Presidential General Election Matchup
(907 Registered Voters, April 9-11, Margin of Error +/- 3.5%)
Obama 53 — Romney 45
Obama 54 — Huckabee 45
Obama 55 — Palin 42
Obama 55 — Gingrich 43

Favorable Ratings
Obama 57 / 41
Nancy Pelosi 38 / 50
Harry Reid 28 / 35
Hilary Clinton 61 / 35
Palin 39 / 55
Romney 40 / 34
Huckabee 43 / 29
Gingrich 38 / 38

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