Sarah Palin came out of the Alaskan political shadows in order to endorse Donald Trump’s ascent recently, and on CNN this past Sunday, she expressed a willingness to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate. The occasion for such a conversation comes almost a week after Trump became the presumptive nominee after crushing Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the Indiana Primary.
Trump’s spokespeople claim that his need for a running mate is far from ready to be fulfilled, and former competitor to Trump Dr. Ben Carson is helping lead the effort to begin vetting candidates. Suggestions have included South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Rick Scott, although both of them have rejected the offer.
Palin was not entirely forthcoming and giving of a clear answer as to her potential role. (That’s not necessarily out of character.) CNN’s Jake Tapper asked her if her “phone was laying by” to receive a potential VP spot offer. She said, in turn, “maybe.”
Her reservations are apparently born out of her awareness that there are “many people” who want “anybody but Palin” for VP. She concluded saying that she just “wants the man to win, and wants America to win.” She feels like she “may be a burden” towards achieving that goal.
Palin, for once at least, knows what she is talking about. Below, via Five Thirty Eight, you can find a graph of her net favorability rating since her stint as GOP Vice Presidential pick 8 years ago. At present, her overall rating is just about as bad as Trump’s — meaning, of course, that it is awful. Just over 20% more people ‘dislike’ her than ‘like’ her.
You can find Trump’s favorability rating chart below, via the Huffington Post.
It’s not like adding Palin to the ticket would really change much about the Trump candidacy, however. Trump will always be Trump, the angry racist sexist that we all know so well who has taken over the masthead of the Republican Party. He is steadily rising in his chance at winning the presidency, independent of whoever he ends up picking as VP.
Watch the segment from CNN below.