Sarah Palin on Donald Trump VP talk: “I don’t want to be a burden on the ticket”

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Sarah Palin says she wouldn’t want to be a “burden” on the Republican ticket by becoming Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee acknowledged to CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that she’s a controversial figure, nudging Trump to look elsewhere and saying that there are “so many other great people out there.”

“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.’ I wouldn’t want to be a burden on the ticket, and I realize in many, many eyes, I would be that burden,” Palin said.

“So, you know, I just — I just want the guy to win. I want America to win,” she said. “And I don’t know if I would be the person that would be able to help him win, Jake.”

Still, Palin said if Trump did want to choose her, her time in the political limelight has left her well-vetted for the job.

“I think I’m pretty much as vetted as anybody in the country,” she 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.”

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also told Tapper later on the show that she also would be willing to serve as Trump’s vice president.

“I would be willing to serve in any capacity that I could be of help with Donald on,” she said.

Palin also dismissed the political potency of Bill Clinton’s infidelity — a point Trump has raised on the campaign trail in recent days as he has cast his likely general election foe, Hillary Clinton, as an “enabler.”

“I think a lot of people may be obsessed with public figures’ personal life and they’re going get all entangled in past indiscretions, or whatever,” Palin said, adding that more Americans are concerned with issues like who appoints the next Supreme Court justice.

“I think that’s what people are concerned about, much more so than Bill Clinton’s obvious indiscretions, and Donald Trump having been divorced a couple times, but owning up to it. Things like that, I just think for people like me, eh, I just think that’s like the least of our worries right now,” she said.

6 comments

    • John Hill

      It’s obvious that you are trying to be sarcastic, but the fact is, YOU are just to stupid to use google to find out that IN FACT, an island belonging to Russia can be seen from certain parts of Alaska. A geography lesson for a typical uneducated liberal. LOL!

  • Carmen

    TRUMP IS A CONSERVATIVE AND PAUL RYAN A LIAR AND TRAITOR FOR GIVING EXCUSES FOR NOT SUPPORTING TRUMP!
    -Conservatives and TRUMP support the free market system: Competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all. Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living .
    -Conservatives and TRUMP support the Second Amendment that gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms: Individuals have the right to defend themselves.
    -Conservatives and TRUMP support a competitive, and free market health care system: In a free market the health care prices will be lower because there will be more competitors (offers) and people will have the opportunity to chose the best and lower service.
    -Conservatives and TRUMP support Airport security by focusing screening, profiling and intelligence data on terrorists groups. The terrorists currently pose a threat to the U.S. and they are primarily Islamic/Muslim men between the ages of 18 and 38.
    -Conservative and TRUMP Support legal immigration and oppose amnesty for those who enter to U.S. illegally: Those who break the law by entering to U.S. illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally. The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country.
    -Conservatives and TRUMP support lower taxes:. Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Money is best spent by those who earn it. In contrast high taxes reduce consumption capacity.
    -Conservatives and TRUMP agree that Terrorism is one of the greatest threats to the U.S: Terrorists must be stopped and destroyed. The use of intelligence-gathering and military force are the best ways to defeat terrorism around the world.
    WHO CAN TELL ME THAN TRUMP IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE ?
    Trump president 2016!!!!!

  • David John Francis

    The plan for this steady force reduction was first announced in July 2015. And if those numbers are hit, it would mean a 20 percent reduction in the Army’s manpower from its peak of over 570,000 in 2010.

    In April, “Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley sounded the alarm that the US Army is currently in a state of ‘high risk’ when it comes to being ready enough to defend the nation and respond to a large conflict,” the Military Times reported.
    Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff of the Army, echoed opinion to Fox News, saying “These are not cuts the Army wants to make, these are cuts required by budget environment in which we operate,” and that, “This 40,000 soldier cut… will only get us to the program force, it does not deal with the continued threat of sequestration.

    In this unsavory time of the rise of ISIL (ISIS) our country is in a very dangerous position, with these massive reductions in our army recruitment. The Navy as of 2015, the number of active ships stood at 272, which is the lowest since 1916. Since President Obama took office. Our naval capabilities are aging and inadequate to meet our national security demands. The Air Force fields the smallest and oldest force of combat aircraft in its history. The Marines are running only about two-thirds the number of battalions they have historically needed to meet day-to-day operational demands.

    The president also deferred and under-funded existing programs, most notably the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system. Meanwhile, in a goodwill attempt with Russia, he pulled the plug on planned missile defense installations in Poland and the Czech Republic, simultaneously alienating those allies while displaying a growing weakness of our readiness to the Kremlin.

    The danger from ISIS is growing as a year ago Judicial Watch reported on an ISIS camp in this exact area, just a few miles from El Paso. JW’s April 14, 2015 report identified Anapra as the location of the ISIS base, details that were provided to JW by sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. Anapra is situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. At the time JW reported that another ISIS cell was established to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas to target the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming. Sources told JW that, during the course of a joint operation, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the expansive military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division.

    Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation. Earlier this year, as part of an ongoing investigation into national security risks in the porous southern border, JW obtained evidence that proves the U.S. government has known for more than a decade about the partnership between terrorists and Mexican drug cartels. The top Al Qaeda leader in Mexico was identified in the September 2004 cable from the American consulate in Ciudad Juárez as Adnan G. El Shurkrjumah. The cable was released to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and everybody who is interested in the corruption, waste and biased in Washington, should read the corruption files at JD.

  • David John Francis

    The Generals are speaking out the perilous reduction in the US Army, and the potential President, Donald Trump having pledged over and over again that with the change in the White House, he will rebuild our military so no other country will ever dare to test our an awesome power and strength in peace and we will once again become a formidable ally to those who stand with us. The cuts, many made as part of “sequestration,” put the United States at risk in the fight against terrorism. Both the Democrats and Republicans inherit the blame and will be held accountable?

    While our nation has these large reductions in our armed services, The Center for Immigration Studies released a new study showing that households headed by an immigrant uses on average around $6,234 in welfare benefits, a 41% increase compared to households headed by a American. The study used information from the Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which is a survey used by the government that provides the most accurate picture of welfare utilization.

    CIS’s Executive Director, Mark Krikorian, explained that, “Immigrants are such heavy users of welfare not because they don’t work, but because, on average, they have little education and thus earn low wages. If we continue to permit large numbers of less-educated people to move here from abroad, we have to accept that there will be huge and ongoing costs to taxpayers.” The CIS study also found that:

    The average immigrant household (legal or illegal) consumes 33% more in cash welfare, 57% more in food assistance, and 44% more in Medicaid dollars than native households.

    Illegal immigrant households cost an average of $5,692 (collected largely on behalf of their U.S. – anchor baby children) while legal immigrant households cost taxpayers around $6,378 per year. Largely by estimate Obama is costing US taxpayers $113 Billion a year with his illegal executive agenda, when these same hard-to-come-by dollars should be spent on the defense of our sovereign nation.

    By the authority of President Obama’s leadership, the size of the U.S. Army has shrunk by thousands — and new report has confirmed that it became the smallest it has been in 76 years.

    “The Army’s latest headcount shows that nearly 2,600 soldiers departed active service in March without being replaced, an action that plunges deployment to its lowest level since before World War II. During the past year the size of the active force has been reduced by 16,548 soldiers, the rough equivalent of three brigades,” The Army Times reported.

    That puts the U.S. Army’s manpower total at 479,172 active duty soldiers — the smallest amount since 1940’s 269,023 soldiers, before the United States entered World War II.

    This manpower shortage has Army leadership worried about the state of readiness of our defense. And that’s just the beginning.

    “Without congressional or Defense Department intervention, the draw-down will continue for two more years, with end strength hitting 460,000 soldiers in 2017, and 450,000 in 2018,” according to The Army Times report.

  • Jay

    The best way to insure Hillary becomes the next president is to select Palin as Trump’s running mate and Trump knows it. He’s in serious danger of becoming the latest Goldwater anyhow.

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