Chris Christie offers 2012 advice to Sarah Palin: Give the people ‘unguarded moments’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who pulled off a monumental upset by winning his 2009 election in what is regarded as a very “blue” state, is the hot name in Republican politics right now. And since his momentous election victory, he has won a lot of people over nationally even though he denies any interest in making a run at the White House in this next election cycle. But what does he have to say about potential 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Sarah Palin – another conservative star?

On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, host Bob Schieffer asked Christie if he had any advice for all the 2012 presidential hopefuls lining up to challenge President Barack Obama. Christie explained that being polished alone won’t win you popular support.

“No, you can’t finesse it and you have to have unscripted moments,” Christie said. “You cannot be blow-dried and, you know, poll-tested and come out here. That’s not what the American people want. They want somebody who is going to speak straight to them. And, they want to ask you questions and they want unguarded moments. That’s when they can really judge your character.”

Schieffer asked Christie if those comments were aimed at Palin in particular. Christie explained his comments were aimed at all the potential 2012 candidates, but Palin should heed his advice as well.

“I think it’s aimed at all of them,” he continued. “But, certainly when I first made that comment it was in response to a question about Gov. Palin. And I think if she wants to prove she’s ready for this, you got to have some unscripted moments. Now, she may very well be up to it. If she is, good for her. But I think people want to see that. They’re very much interested in her. They want to see that about her to make a judgment as to can you trust somebody in the Oval Office who can do that? Unless you do those unscripted moments, I think it’s hard to get the person to pull the lever for you.”

As to not whether Palin meets that test, it remains to be seen according to the New Jersey governor. He said wasn’t ready to offer his judgment on her.

“She’s got to make that judgment herself,” he said. “Bob, I’ll make my vote in the voting booth privately like every other American.”


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  • opedanderson

    Christie is just another GOP scardie-cat afraid to run against Obama. The others too.

    And they think running as “Obama-lite” is going to sway the voters their way.

    Wrong. It wont.

    The only one who has any chance of taking down Obama is Palin. His camp knows this too.

    Palin ’12. Believe it. It will happen. Don’t lose your nerve people!!

  • dirtytricksjusttowin

    On second thought maybe Gov Christie is scared of running against Obama or scared Obama will thrash him in a debate.

    What are you scared of? You have to man up Gov Christie.

    There is no such thing as being ready for the job. As long as you are a patriotic individual who is willing to serve your country.

    Or maybe you want Obama to fix things first on his second term so you will have an easier time performing the duties of being a President?

  • dirtytricksjusttowin

    If Gov Christie knows a lot about how to run for President, why doesn’t he run.
    What is he waiting for?

    It is his patriotic duty to run for the office of President. Running six years from now might be too late. We might have a different government by then..maybe a dictatorial form?

  • baal

    I think he’s right. She needs to have a lot of unscripted moments–ambushes even– and needs to show that she can handle it. I hope for her sake that she can, because if she runs she’s going to be facing (first) a hostile field of Republican candidates and (maybe) a fairly good debater in Obama. He destroyed McCain but thats not saying much; McCain just came off as too old. Palin did OK against Biden but…it’s Biden. All she had to do was deliver her lines.

    But there’s the stigma of the Couric interview. She has to banish that myth unequivocally–and to do that she needs to go out there without a net.

    • notalone

      She can’t handle unscripted without sounding stupid or making no sense at all. Think she really showed her colors with the video after the tragic shootings here in Az. She was downright obnoxious and all about self instead of addressing the horrible tragedy.

  • virginiagentleman

    She appears to be doing quite well without his advice. She’s made millons, and untold others have made Hundreds of millions writing about her,talking about her,interviewing her, dissing her, etc..ABC, NBC, CBS,NPR, MSNBC, FOX and other broadcast and cable companys, news talk radio,newspapers,newsmags, all are making huge profits opining about her. Doesn’t matter if its good press or bad,she generates MONEY!Sarah Palin keeps people employed in the above mentioned outlets,and puts some in her own pockets. She is an industry in herself, all this clout from just ONE product; SARAH PALIN. Who else can you name that has such an impact? WHO? And what the hell is wrong with her earning money from her own name power, with her work? Why all the whining about her income? You wish it was YOU instead of her! Maybe it could be if rather than complaining, you too became the human DYNAMO that she is! I don’t know if she’s going to run for the presidency or not, or if she could win it if she did.I’ll support her if she does, and someone else if she doesn’t. What I have a problem with is the folks who dispise her because of the success she has. It rather reminds me of squabbling immature poorly behaved children.

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  • loudog

    Unfortunately Palin isn’t running, just making money. Hopefully I’m wrong and she actually gets the nom, but it doesn’t appear she’s interested.

  • patriot4evah

    Oh jeez….He is getting on my last nerve.

  • RowanGingerRaven

    Exactly, since Chris already understands this, why not RUN! Man, only if…

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