Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, closed out CPAC 2014 for the second consecutive year. On March 8, 2014, Palin gave a fiery, well-received speech promising conservatives that the “best is yet to come.”
Palin focused on the young conservative activists, who according to recent estimates, made up over 51 percent of the CPAC 2014 conference. She said that people across the way in Washington D.C. refer to young Americans as “ObamaCare suckers.”
The former vice president nominee said that she was optimistic about the future because of the young people who aren’t sitting back and taking the ever-growing encroachment by big government.
As many other speakers at the conservative conference, Palin railed against the GOP establishment who are constantly criticizing conservatives for “standing for conservative principles” rather than allowing Democrats to destroy themselves politically. They say conservatives would be better off not to interrupt the process.
“That may be true, but you do interrupt when they are in the process of destroying your country,” Palin said as the crowd responded with a thunderous applause.
Palin, as well as other conservative activists, believe that way of political thinking is both flawed and foolish, as evident by the recent electoral failures by moderates John McCain and Mitt Romney.
Following her appearance at the conservative conference, Sarah Palin appeared with Greta Van Susteren on her show “On The Record.” When asked by Susteren about her favorites for 2016, Palin said, “not yet.” Whomever receives the endorsement of Palin would not suffer for it in the 2016 presidential nomination.
However, the former Alaska governor didn’t rule out a presidential bid, herself.
“Okay now I get to ask that question,” Greta said. “Are you considering — is it still within a possibility that you’ll run in 2016?”
Palin responded, “It sounds cliche, but you never say never. Now, I — at this point in time, I don’t have a team of people, you know, getting out there doing these poll-tested whatever they do to let you know if you should run or not. I don’t have any of that kind of organization going. I’ll never say never.”
She said it would depend on the American people, and what kind of a candidate they will be looking for come 2016.