Messer: Palin could 'win' Indiana

November 20, 2009
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One of the candidates for U.S. Rep. Dan Burton’s seat, Luke Messer, thinks Sarah Palin stands a reasonably good chance of carrying Indiana in the next Republican presidential primary—if she runs.

Messer, a former state representative and lobbyist, is in the minority of Republicans who speak easily about Palin, who reportedly drew 1,000 people in Noblesville Thursday for a signing of her new book, “Going Rogue.” Most in Messer’s party are leery of Palin due to her unpredictability or because they’re uncomfortable with the social conservative wing of the party from which she hails.

Still, if the presidential primary were held today, Messer thinks Palin along with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the front-runners.

Huckabee stirs about as much interest among Indiana conservatives as Palin, Messer says, which suggests to Messer they would be in a dead heat to take the state’s delegates.

“Do I believe she would win states?” Messer asked rhetorically. “Yes. States she could win include Indiana.”

What do you think? How would you handicap Palin’s odds here? Any thoughts about Palin, herself?
 

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  • Palin for president?
    Like I have been saying, we have a major problems with our educational institutions in Indiana if anyone really believes Palin is qualified to be the "leader of the free world." Just this week I read where one out of four in Indianapolis are illiterate. HELP!
  • Palin?
    I cannot vote for someone that I could beat in a game of Trivial Pursuit. I want someone that is able to do a better job than I could do.
  • president of what?
    Can't even finish her term as gov. of Alaska. Why would anyone in their right mind vote a quitter in office? I was starting to think about the republican party when McCain was getting close to pick a running mate, but then when he picked her, I looked into what she has done and her political career, I just couldn't vote these two republicans into office. Her choices in her career has hurt her more than helped her (imo). When my friend (who is a Palin supporter) asks how I feel about Obama's performance and how it isn't working out like planned, I ask, would we have been better going the other way with the (R) ticket? He couldn't feel better with them than with who has been placed in office.

    We have to ask ourselves every 2-4 years, Is what we decided the best for our country? Are we better off now than we were 4 years ago? I will vote for who I feel is best for the job, and no matter what, I will not vote for someone who does not put complete effort into their job. will you?
  • Palin
    I am a conservative and I do not have a clue why some people in the GOP like her. After the Couric interview it was apparent she has no business in politics on the national level. Just because Obama is a minority, does not mean we have to run a woman to defeat him. Bullwinkle Barbie has to go.
  • She's a Joke
    She did not even finish her term as the governor. People think she can run the country. What a joke and embarrassment. After a few more embarrassing interviews people might get a clue.
  • lol
    Good one Messer, good one.
  • Leadership defined
    The level of pandering to potential voters that think Palin would be a good US President is sad. Palin is a nice person, abet with her own brand of conservative ideologies. However, to think she has the qualifications to guide the country in a changing world bespeaks the lack of foresight and low levels of expectations of those who would place her in that position. Specific to Mr. Messer, thank you for providing insight on your ideas of leadership. It helps me understand what a poor candidate you would make for the US House. Next candidate please...
  • I might not like it but...
    I think Messer is right that Palin could win in Indiana. I think she has made some poor decisions and certainly showed that she was not quite ready for primetime but she could do well in states like Indiana.

    She might not get my vote but obviously she has supporters.
  • Palin
    Jake, like I said, we have a major problem with the educational institutions in this state. People are not taught to be critical thinkers. Voting for Palin has to be some kind of emotional response; but I do not understand what it is.
  • Silly
    We wouldn't be having this discussion if Sarah Palin looked like Rosie O'Donnell.

    It's sad to think Palin could WIN any state at such a big level in politics.
  • If Palin is president
    if she is president, these reports of 2012 being the end of the world would be true. before you get your panties up in a bunch.... I am not complaining about women being president, I am complaining about quitters being president.

    I know that some like her and others don't. I am one who doesn't like her. I don't see why anyone would want her. Yes, she may share your values, but you can go anywhere and find someone who shares your values. It seems that some republicans slap a political sticker on a random person's shirt and everyone calls this person a presidential candidate. She is a quitter, a person who shows the world her family life and then turns around and bashes these same people for "taking it too far". If someone doesn't want the world to take something too far, watch what you say. Just like how people should not post just anything on an online journal or on facebook, one should not just be open to the public like Palin is - that is unless she wants the attention.

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