"I think, still, it is too early for anybody to get out there declaring what their intentions are. For me, Mary, it's going to entail a discussion with my family, a real close look at the lay of the land, and to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion - whether there are any candidates out there who can do the job."For some odd reason, many on the left and on the right believe that this response, and others like it, indicates that she won't run. Just for fun, I compiled some recent quotes from several of the other potential Presidential candidates.
But then she added, "If there's nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this."
"I can’t tell you what will happen; but I can tell you that there will be somebody who runs in the Republican party who can get this country right again. I want to commit that I will either be that person, or I will be working my tail off for that person, and I want you to as well because we’ve got to take back America."Newt Gingrich:
"You'd only run if you thought it was your duty — you'd only run if you thought that the country needed a fundamental resetting of the course, and if you thought that you could play a role in having that happen."Mike Huckabee:
Also, Gingrich said, he would listen to the opinions of his family.
"Hadn't made that decision and won't until probably after the mid-term elections, but it's pretty evident that if I do I may headquarter the whole thing right here in East Tennessee."Mitch Daniels:
"Well it's a very different place than I was three years ago when I was an asterisk in the polls It's really too early to tell what that means so I don't get all excited about it. We'll just have to see where things turn out a year from now."
“This is nothing I have started, encouraged,” said Daniels, a Republican in his second term. “People have asked, ‘Please don’t absolutely close your mind’ and I have said I’ll think about it.”Tim Pawlenty:
“It’s nothing I’m going to do anything about,” Daniels said.
"Mostly, to run nationally, you have to be rich, famous or you gotta have some kind of shtick or novelty," he said. "It's what it's becoming."
"I don't have a billion dollars. I don't have novelty. I don't have a big shtick," Pawlenty added, as Stewart and the audience burst into laughter. So as not to be misunderstood, Pawlenty continued, "S-c-h. You gotta enunciate."
More seriously, the governor added: "The question really for someone like me is, can you come from a small state and be somebody who is not well known and still traverse the landscape of politics based just on the record that I've got, and the service and the ideas that I have. And maybe. We'll see."
"To me, you just announced you were running for president," Stewart said.
"If I was running for president I wouldn't be on your show saying I don't have a big shtick," Pawlenty replied.
"I Have No Plans To Run For President."
I have no idea if Sarah Palin will run for President, but if her answer is the benchmark, I must conclude that none of the above potential candidates are likely to run. Whoever emerges from the shadows will have plenty of cheerleaders!
"No, no. Come on. Look at me. Me for President? Come on, seriously. No way. No way."
"I mean, I know I've heard all these weasel words that other people use 'Well, I have no plans right now', 'I don't think that would be something I would like to do'.
"I'm looking at you: No, ain't happening. Not doing it."