2012 Notes: Palin Still Weighing Presidential Run, Thune Jabs Daniels, Obama Tied With Generic Republican

Guy Benson
Posted: Feb 17, 2011 5:46 PM
Sarah Palin, in New York:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hinted at a presidential bid Thursday, saying she's still weighing a run and that no one would be more qualified for the job in 2012 than "a woman."   

"I am still thinking of leading this country," Palin said in front of a group of business leaders in New York, according to CNN. "I am still thinking about it. I haven't made up my mind." 

Palin criticized the media and brushed off a recent Gallup poll that showed her negatives above 50 percent.

"The poll you're referring to was taken after the Tucson tragedy," she said. "I don't think I ever went through more negative press than after Tucson." Palin acknowledged Thursday: "In a lot of these polls, I get my butt kicked."

John Thune, dismissing CPAC's presidential straw poll results and pushing back against Mitch Daniels' controversial "truce" comments:

In a new interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, says there should be no truce on social issues like abortion.

Thune’s comments come in response to the controversy initially generated by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who, last summer, seemed to suggest social issues like abortion should be put on the back burner while the next president tackles fixing the economy.

President Obama, tied with a generic Republican challenger in 2012:

Michele Bachmann
is planning to visit SC, NH in the coming weeks.  Coincidence?

She's been to Iowa several times. South Carolina this weekend. New Hampshire next month. So I asked Michele Bachmann this morning why’s she’s spending so much time in these early primary states.

“I’m trying to set the table, if you will, because these voters are vital in these early states,” the Minnesota Republican said.