Palin on Open Convention: Anything is Possible
By CNN Political Unit
(CNN) — In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not shoot down the idea of accepting a proposal to run for president should the Republican presidential race lead to an open convention in August.
“Anything is possible. I don’t close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn’t close that door,” Palin said after casting her vote in Alaska’s Republican caucuses. “My plan is to be at that convention.”
Speaking at a caucus site in her hometown of Wasilla to CNN’s Paul Vercammen, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee declined to say whom she voted for on Tuesday.
Palin has long been calling for an extended nominating process, insisting a longer primary season will more thoroughly vet the eventual GOP nominee ahead of the general election.
“I believe the competition makes all our candidates better. Remember, there are five men running for president, and I think Barack Obama is the worst choice,” she said.
She added that the ideal Republican nominee would be able to “bust through” what she called “Orwellian-Obama rhetoric and pandering.”
Pressed on whether she would consider running for office in the future, Palin said she would “seriously consider” whatever she could do to help the country and “put things back on the right track.”
“Anything I can do to help, I will be willing to help,” Palin said.
The former governor also weighed in on the recent controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s verbal attacks against a law student who advocated for contraception coverage.
Palin, echoing similar refrains this week from another top Republican woman, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, said the uproar over Limbaugh’s comments were primarily driven by the left and argued conservative women face the same level of vitriol but without such an outcry.
“I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is he said in exercising his first amendment rights-and never is that, the same, applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless,” Palin said.