Could Sarah Palin be a vice presidential candidate for a second time? The former Alaska governor said she isn’t ruling it out, but that she realizes there might be more negatives than positives for Donald Trump’s campaign if she were his running mate.
Palin made the statements when asked about it on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Calling herself a “realist,” she acknowledged there would be a lot of controversy surrounding her second run at the office.
“Well, I want to help and not hurt, and I am such a realist that I realize there are a whole lot of people out there who would say ‘anybody but Palin,’” the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee told host Jake Tapper.
“So, you know, I just — I just want the guy to win. I want America to win,” she added. “And I don’t know if I would be the person that would be able to help him win, Jake.”
She did point out that if Trump wanted to save time and money on scrutinizing the records of possible vice presidential picks, she would be the woman to go for.
“I think I’m pretty much as vetted as anybody in the country,” Palin said. “So, I think there are so many other great people out there in America who can serve in this position. I think if someone wanted to choose me, they already know who I am, what I stand for. They wouldn’t be in for any surprises.”
While it’s good to hear that she knows the possible limitations of her nomination — especially the fact that she’s been out of elective office for the better part of a decade — Trump could do a whole lot worse than Sarah Palin.
This was, after all, the Sarah Palin who was the only ray of light in John McCain’s moribund 2008 campaign — a debacle that tried to make a maverick out of a 1975 Ford Maverick.
This year, the GOP has a candidate at the top of the ticket who can finally match the level of excitement Palin could bring. As for conservative credentials, she has those, too. And as for vetting, she’s 100 percent right. Who’s been vetted more than Sarah Palin?
She’s smart, she’s engaging and she’s reliably conservative. America could do so much worse.
H/T The Hill
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