August 3rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Sarah Palin & Donald Trump answer to country's problems?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With the 2012 election sneaking ever closer, there's still a chance Sarah Palin and Donald Trump might throw their hats in the ring. Which would tend to fit nicely with the political insanity we've been experiencing the past couple of weeks.

Trump says he would consider running for president if the economy continues to be bad and if the Republicans pick the wrong candidate. Trump would be the wrong candidate.

Nevertheless, he tells CNBC he would give it "very, very serious thought," adding, "there are so many people wanting me to do it." That list would fit on a cocktail napkin.

We've been here before. Trump flirted with the idea in the past, including this year, before deciding against it. At the time, he blamed many of the economy's problems on "foolish leaders" who let countries like China steal American jobs.

As for Sarah Palin, she'll be keeping herself in the spotlight when she headlines a tea party rally near Des Moines, Iowa, over Labor Day weekend.

The "I quit after half a term" former governor of Alaska says the U.S. needs a "restoration of all that is good and strong and free,” whatever that means.

The September appearance will mark Palin's second in Iowa this year. In late June, she and her husband, Todd, attended the premiere of the pro-Palin documentary "The Undefeated."

Meanwhile, turns out that film has been soundly defeated at the box office. The movie, which opened nationwide mid-July, earned a lousy $5,000 this past weekend, the worst performance yet. The popcorn stand at the theater took in more.

Palin recently said she plans to decide about 2012 in late August or September. God help us.

Here’s my question to you: Are Sarah Palin and Donald Trump the answer to the country's problems?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

The only thing that Palin should do in Iowa is pick corn. Speaking of corn, Trump has plenty of it and should confine his ego-boosting behavior to the private sector. We already have too many egos in Congress, and we are trying to live with the results.

Richard in Kansas:
If our problem were economic prosperity, a united populace and a firm grip on reality then yes I'd say they were the answer.

Ken in California:
This is like the circus, where the clowns keep coming and coming out of that small car.

Claudia in Buffalo, New York:
Light bulb jokes could be written about these two. Neither has any clue about the interdependence of the world's economies, the needs of 'real' Americans such as the elderly and poor, the heartbreaking and desperate needs of the unemployed when US corporations (rich in cash) will not hire, or the disastrous situation too many Americans find themselves in when they are denied or can not afford health coverage in the richest country in the world. They are however the answer to every late night comic's dreams.

Sandi on Facebook:
If Palin and Trump are the answers to this country's problems, I'm in the wrong country.

I thought about this a lot but I think Donald Trump should run with Paris Hilton. Of course Paris would be on the top of this ticket.

This is one useless topic. Mr. Cafferty, you need to take a break.

Filed under: Donald Trump • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Take the L out of Palin and you've got "pain". Take the T out of Trump and you've got "rump". Put them together and you've got the two of them accurately described.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Pete in Georgia

    Among all the smug arrogant negative responses generated by these two names people refuse to ask a simple honest question:
    "Where have all the elitist, brilliant, over educated ivy league so called leaders in our past led this country ???
    Read a few American history books and realize that our BEST, honest, sincere, and most productive leaders in our brief 230 year history are the plain, simple, down to earth patriots who know people and something about every day life.
    What a concept.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Jon Campbell


    That has to be the most crazy question you have ever posed. The question itself is the answer!

    Minneapolis, MN

    August 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  4. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Jack, you're assuming they even know what the question is.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Al, Lawrence KS

    If the country's problems include boring TV, then Sarah and the Donald could be the answer. For other problems...not so much.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  6. David in Tampa

    In a word Jack, NO. In 2,000 or more words, just look at their pictures.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  7. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Must be a slow news day Jack with this question. Yawn.... Neither of these clowns have enough support or assets or knowledge to convince thinking people to vote for them. Sure a few people might pull the yes lever but not enough to mater. One is a quitter the other has filed bankruptcy so many times it isn't funny. Now tell me Jack. Is that who you want leading this country out of the worst economy since the 40's?

    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  8. Bill from North Carolina

    They would change one set of problems for another set of problems. But, maybe different types of problems may be better than the problems we have now....because we do not seem to be able to solve them as they exist today. So, bring on new problems...they really can not be much worse than we have now!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  9. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I can't image Palin being the answer to anything. Her total experience, aside from mayor of a tiny town, is 4 years in two positions which she quit both.I would want a principal of a school to have more than 4 years experience. As for The Donald, he doesn't play well with others and likes to fire people. As President his options would be restricted. Imagine he trying to fire Senators, Representatives, or judges. Either of these two would have people boarding the next Titanic.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  10. lou

    I guess that depends on what you think our country's problems are. If you think our problem is that we are seriously lacking in political drama and spectacle at the moment, then they're you're guys!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  11. Russ in PA

    The answer to this country's problems is Ron Paul. Who else has voted consistently for liberty and sound money? Who else has voted against all the spending and wars? Who else – in Congress, at least -accurately predicted the housing bubble, and the war fiascos, and the unrest in the Middle East this past few months? Yep, our favorite Doctor. Time that he made a house call – to the White House.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    August 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  12. calaurore9

    Only for Halloween masks. Spooky thought. What's really scary is that people may be so desperate for radical change, they'll think so.

    Carol Colitti Levine

    August 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  13. AB

    Heck no!! Jack are you kidding?? These two clowns would not even be the last people the American people would go to for solutions to the nation's problems. I would go to Micky Mouse and Daffy Duck for solutions instead.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Craig

    Palin will only continue the never ending left vs right paradigm that Americans cannot seem to pull themselves out of, as well she's got a high pitch screechy voice that will de-calcify your spinal column, so that's a big NO.
    Trump, the only reason he "ran for president" was to further his exposure on TV, as it seems with all the mass entertainment he got lost in the shuffle and wanted back in the lime light, he's an attention hound.
    The only thing this says is that the presidency isn't taken seriously be people like him, it's just a career booster, and that's pathetic. No one person is the solution, as it took a real TEAM effort to screw up the country.
    Either of those two were to get in, America will be RE-WRITING the very definition of what "stupid" really is, continuing right vs left garbage that landed us here in the first place.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Tony from Southport, NC

    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are powerful enough to attract attention when they speak. Are Sarah Palin and Donald Trump the answer to the country's problems? Not really, no. So far there are only a few that have expressed answers to our nation's problems. Certainly, the current administration has no answers as proven by the continued high unemployment and out of control spending, the usual rhetoric and campaign speeches by our current president, and the left wing media that somehow can't see anything wrong with this so-called leader. Maybe you should ask if Barack Obama has answers to our problems. No, better not. Your friends on the left wouldn't like that.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Jim S

    Unless this is tongue in cheek, this is just about the most stupid question you've ever asked Jack. Neither one are sane or electable!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  17. john rice

    you are a fuuny one Jack

    August 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  18. tom curtin

    Jack! What the hell! Both are ego driven idiots. The comb-over king made his money from his father and keeps it by filing for bancruptcy which is like holding a gun on his lenders. Oh yeah, he'd save the country alright!
    And Palin? Come on Jack, she is an idiot! I mean a real idiot, she reminds me of the Jay Leno show where he talks to people on the street and asks them simple really easy questions about something or someone in American history and they like Palin don't have a clue. all are an embarassment to this country and we'd be better off if they would just kept their mouth shut.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  19. Jayne

    There's got to be a punch line after that question, Jack. Are you giving up on news and getting into comedy?

    August 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Since neither is an elected official, nor a candidate for anything......no.

    The person to watch, is the voice of reason, with sanity, and right now, that is Huntsman.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  21. Steve Webster

    God help us all. If Palin and Trump are the best candidates the US has to offer the good citizens of America the rest of the world needs to be REALLY worried. I wish CNN and others would stop covering these two since neither has anything intellectual or constructive to offer the political debate. Both are standing on the sidelines lobbing hand grenades with notes attached, hoping it will garner them more press – and you know what – it's working! Members of the electorate who seriously believe these two are remotely credible need to give their heads a shake. As someone watching from beyond America's borders, I'd submit you have a sharper brain in the Whitehouse at the moment than it's seen in a decade. As a Conservative, if I had to vote in the US I would be exasperated at the field of candidates from which to pick, and it would be more distressing having to deal with the continual circus sideshows.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  22. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Heck no! I prefer leaders with a brain! Trump became a birther because it was popular. I LOVE the way President Obama chided him about all the difficult decisions Trump had to make on his reality show while SEAL Team 6 was already heading for bin Laden's compound. And Palin just posts on Facebook.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Ed from Texas

    Could be Jack, because timing is everything. It looks like we're headed for bankruptcy and Trump has had a lot of experience with that. It also appears that everyone in the government has gone stupid, so Sarah Palin would fit right in.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  24. Al

    Are you kidding? Sarah Palin talks a good game, but her record in the ring leaves much to be desired. Donald Trump is nothing but a Carnival Barking buffoon. Between the two of them they couldn't solve a crossword puzzle.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  25. Carla Martin-Wood, Birmingham

    Good Lord, man - what are you thinking? I truly don't think two additional problems could possibly be effective in solving the ones that face us already.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  26. Joe CE

    Palin is part of he problem, not a solution. NO TRUMP. NO DUP

    August 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  27. Patsy, Texas

    Have to get back to you Jack. I asked my clan of hyenas and
    they are laughing so hard I couldn't get an answer.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  28. John in Alabama

    Jack: If you like the Ringling Brothers Circus then Palin and Trump will give you a show. Ms. Palin is a quiter, a helicopter shooting wolves hunter, and Trump is morally bankrupt slaesman with a deal to sell the USA down the river. The Republicans will have to do better than these two individuals if they want votes, but this past week has shown the Republicans to be lacking the mental capacity of a snail. Sad, so sad.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Mike

    I'm Canadian and I'm wondering if you have taken leave of your senses?

    August 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  30. Greg in Arkansas

    Donald Trump?....the Businessman?....
    Here's a hint.....you can't run a country like a business.....PERIOD.

    A Business's... "Business" is to MAKE MONEY.

    The Government's "business" is to improve the general well-being of a nation, insure liberty and justice for ALL while offering the maximum good for the greatest number of people....NOT the most profits for the fewest.

    Sarah Palin, on the hand, with her slogans and catchphrases that motivate, incite, inspire or infuriate people, is the main contributor to our Country's problem of a divided people.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  31. Madge from Saratoga Springs, NY

    NO! NO! A thousand times, NO!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  32. ken, atlantic city, nj

    No one can help the U.S. now, it is terminal. The special gang of 12 will soon be giving us tax reform which is lowering the top rate from 39% to 23%, lowering the corporate rate to 25%, eliminating the capital gains tax, and eliminating the death tax will just make the rich richer, the working class poorer and destroy what was once know as america the beautiful. The so called job creators will pay less tax, then hide their money in the cayman islands, or move the corporate headquarters to the cayman islands, outsource jobs to china and mexico. The 700 trillion dollar derivatives gambling market will be a tax free gambling casino open to rich speculators to create nothing, build nothing, and do nothing for america.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  33. Tina Tx

    When pigs fly Mr Cafferty.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  34. Russell

    No we do not need Beavus and Butthead to run this country. Unfortunately, I will not be able to see if you used my posting becasue I have Fix (Fox) News blocked on all my TV sets. I refuse to let my children listen to made up media to line up with their political views. I want my news to be fair and balanced and that is the furthest thing happening at Fix (Fox) news.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  35. Jim Kipler

    Hi Jack!

    Hey, if big game hunting, fishing, building hotels and casinos are in our Country's best interest, then Palin and Trump would be a hell of a ticket.
    I'm only kidding! It's a sobering thought, but let's face it, both of them would be DX'd before the nominations or primaries. If these are the best people the Republicans can field, we're all in trouble.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  36. Pat - NJ

    Bah ha ha ha, Bah ha ha ha. If thats the case Im moving out of this country Jack!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  37. Brad, Portland, OR

    The only problem they're a solution to is not enough material for the comedians.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

    tampa, fl sarah, no, the donald, yes. he still is more qualified than any other candidate. he has his own reality show, just like congress now does, but his is popular. he also has more hair than you.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  39. Mike

    Yes to some of them. If they disappeared, many of problems would far easier to solve without their rabble rousing.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  40. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: What a "pot-sturer" question-–I don't think so-Donald Trump is Nostalgia that has attained the dignity of age"--Sarah Palin-–Cluelessness should have been her name given at birth--but then again look at our politicians--they are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Loren

    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are only the answer to this country's problems if you believe in the tooth fairy and Barack Obama. Voters' belief in Barack Obama is what got us here in the first place, let's not compound the problem by turning to two more smoke and mirrors fantasists.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Rose, Ohio

    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump ummm why not Jack. The more clowns the better they all can have a party at our expense. Oh right they already are..

    August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Seldon

    If The Donald Can't swallow the FACT that the President is a born American, how can he Swallow any of the American People REAL issues.?

    August 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Gary H. Boyd

    Considering who's running the show at the moment, they couldn't do any worse. Trump replacing Obama would be like getting a horse for a rabbit and Palin's better looking than Biden so that would be a plus. However, realistically, if these four are the best America has to offer, the train's already left the station.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona .

    August 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  45. Thomas Roberts

    Only if the country's problems are a lack of cartoon sideshow characters.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  46. Tony San Francisco

    They are part of the countries problems!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  47. Ellen- Virginia

    Give me a break; two uneducated people who think they are smarter than the President of the United States. Sarah Palin could not raise her daughter; having a child out of wedlock as a teenager...she is just a person who gets paid from ignorant GOP backers. Donald Trump is an uneducated man who lives by his Father wealth and friends. Donald Trump calls himself a mover and a shaker.....well, the President moved him out of the race and shook him with knowledge

    August 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  48. Iris in L.A.

    Even if our country was Wonderland, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb would still not be the answer to anything.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  49. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    America's greatest problem is not enough incoming revenue to sustain the level of debt. There are no jobs from which the unemployed can pay taxes so the government can pay growing entitlement obligations.

    I would ask Donald Trump and Sarah Palin: What should the ideal operating budget of the United States be? As we enter the "Boomer Generation" where will the money come from to guarantee the payment of retirement funds that Boomers have spent a lifetime paying into? A decrease in Social Security benefits is an unfair tax on retirees.

    If Donald Trump and Sarah Palin cannot produce enough jobs to generate adequate taxes to pay approaching Social Security budget increases then they will have to tax those who have the money but haven't created the required jobs. As we all recently discovered Republicans don't raise taxes on Republicans.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  50. David Gerstenfeld

    Trump & Palin is the answer to the question, " Why is Jack Cafferty & the media STILL giving air time to the late night comedians favorite targets" ?
    David, Las Vegas

    August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  51. Conor, Chicago

    What this country needs right now are non-greedy, non-ideological, smart people to lead this country through hard times. What we don't need are greedy ideologues who seem more comfortable on the reality TV circuit than they do in a protracted policy meeting.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  52. Steve Sarasota

    You have got to be kidding with this question. I guess that tells you how I feel. The are both clownish jokes.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  53. Shari Cecil

    Oh Jack, it would be great! Instead of Celebrity Apprentice we could have Cabinet Apprentice, the winner becomes Secretary of State! Instead of Sarah Palin's Alaska, we could have Sarah Palin's America, on FOX, of course...She could paint Airforce One to look just like her bus and fly around the country re-writing history as she goes! Think of the ratings! Think of the advertising dollers! We could pay off the national debt within the first few seasons!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  54. Jk from Minnesota

    Washington already is a joke – this would just put a second joke in Washington. She would probably resign after half her term was over. This would be a nightmare for this country.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  55. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Sara Palin and Donald Trump are no more than carbon copies of the people that got us into the mess.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  56. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Do you really believe they are THE answer? Do you really think the American public (as dumb as politicians think we are) would stand for two clowns? Is this topic (and bringing up their names again) really relavant?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  57. Carl


    Not at all!!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  58. Edward Glen

    Yes they'd be great for our country,as comic relief. We all could use a good laugh right about now.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  59. Mamema

    Oh sure yeah, greed and stupidity are exactly what we need right now.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  60. John ....... Marlton NJ

    I am not sure Trump and/or Palin have all the answes (if any at all) but they certainly are able articulate the problems. An articulation that goes in the face of political correctness, the beachmark of civility flaming liberals have erroneously adopted as the standard of rationalization

    August 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  61. Willda Ritter, Arvada, CO

    After the past week those clowns in Washington DC put everyone on Medicare and Social Security through, my dog would be a better president of the US.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  62. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Oh please! Do Americans get that the rest of the world is scratching its collective head in disbelief? I'd rather see the country run by Curly, Larry and Moe.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  63. Betty

    As bad as it is a Palin or Trump presidency would leave this country's economy in shambles. I for one would consider living in Canada if either of them gets elected.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  64. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Palin absolutely NOT. she is just a blathering airhead and one of these "born agains" like Michele Bachmann that thinks if we blow up the world, Jesus will come back.

    as for Trump, he talks the talk about reining in the Communist Chinese trade cheats BUT I doubt he would really DO anything. too many of his billionaire buddies making too much money using their wage slave labor. as for the rest of his "ideas", they are just a re-run of Republican talking points and I doubt his ego would allow him to "play well" with the other Washington childern.

    right now I see NO one on the Republican side I would trust to be President.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  65. Denny from Tacoma

    Absolutely not. I do not know of any current Republican who is the answer to our country's problems, particularly since the George W. Bush administration put our economy in ruins. Currently the Republicans want to enable the rich to become richer and erode our middle class. The Democrats on the other hand can't seem to do anything about it, even when they were in power in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Historically the Democrats have done more for the American people than the Republicans, so I recommend electing newer, more moderate Democrats and put them in power. Get rid of any politician who may be in the pockets of the lobbyists.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  66. carlos Magallanes

    Donald Trump leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to fixing an economy. He has previously filed bankruptcy. Sales for Trump International Hotel and Tower have been lagging. Trump invoked a clause in his contract with Deutsche Bank wherein he refused to pay off his debt. Deutsche Bank is quoted as saying ""Trump is no stranger to overdue debt" and that he had twice previously filed for bankruptcy regarding his casino operations."

    As for Palin, she's a quitter. Enough said.


    August 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  67. Mike in Denver

    If the problem is not having enough hot air in D.C., then yes, Palin and Trump would be the answer.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  68. Lori - PA


    There are already too many Republicans running for the Presidential Nomination. Plus we still don't know if Governor Rick Perry is going to add his name to the list or not. Trump needs to stick with the decision he made to not run, and isn't Palin already running? Oh wait, it's Michele Bachmann that's running (sorry Jack, I can't always tell Bachmann and Palin apart).

    August 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  69. Jose Gomez

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!! An egomaniac and a Wanna be celebrity? (ha! you can't tell which one's which!) The United States along with the rest of the world is evolving, you better get with the program or get left behind. NO ONE likes CHANGE but when we are forced to do it, we realize it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be. America 2.0 is up for grabs lets try and do the right thing America.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  70. Mamema

    From WV
    Oh sure yeah, more greed and stupidity are exactly what we need right now.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  71. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    Since Trump is a businessman and the US is not a business I can see no use for him as president, or; even as a commentator on our government.

    Since Palin is a . . .. well, .... she is...... a politician– no not a pol.... a cheerlea..... nope, not one of them.... she is a spokesper...... well maybe not.... a church goer, yeah, that's it, a churchgoer, and the US isn't a church membership, I can see no use for her as president, or even as a commentator on our government.

    What concerns me is: why do we pay any attention AT ALL to these loudmouths?

    PALIN AND TRUMP IN 2012!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  72. Jose Gomez

    P.S. Obama nailed it right on the head; nothing but a bunch of carnival barkers.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  73. Greg, Ontario

    Donald Trump maybe. Can you imagine those twits in Congress taking that long to do something with him in the White House? He would be a breath of fresh, obnoxious American air. Making them look as stupid as they obviously are. I can see him telling the tea party to shut up or get ready to disappear.

    Mrs. Palin would put the final nail in the coffin for America. She would kill your wonderful country and probably the rest of us as well.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  74. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    The fact that Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are given enough attention to be relevant isn't the answer to our problems, its just indicative of how bad the problems we all have actually are. The members of the voting public that take these two seriously are the canaries in the coal mine of the political system.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  75. sean 1


    Why do you even bother to ask a question you already know the answer to? So here we go again and this time turn up the volume on your hearing aid and listen to what I am going to say.......NO! Now stop talking about them or just go start a gossip column or gossip magazine.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  76. Ruth M., (Samson, AL)

    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump ARE this country's problem! Or at least people like them. Self-centered, egotistical, media hogs. Palin proved she doesn't have the goods when she walked out on Alaska. Trump has walked out on how many wives? Neither has any idea what committment is. They are both "my or the Highway". So, we should show them the Highway.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  77. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I thought Trump had shot his candidacy load with the Obama birth certificate debacle. Is he going to raise that again? Does he have anything to offer other than telling Americans, "You're fired!"

    August 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  78. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Oh yeah! About Palin. Does the office of POTUS pay millions of dollars a year and you don't have to do anything and you can quit half-way through your term because you might be a lame duck?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  79. Jason

    No! In fact I believe they will only make things worse. If one of them get elected, I will go to Mexico in search of a better life...

    August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  80. Robert Allen

    No they aren't.

    Wasn't there a John Wayne movie called "The Undefeated" ?

    By the way you're fired.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  81. jeff in hawaii

    You make me laugh! Caribou Barbie and the Hair the solution to this country's problems? They are the problem. These two right wing nutcases espouse an ideology that would only harm America further. At least Trump does. I can never make heads or tails of what Palin says. They are both glory seeking money grubbers who pander to the fearful and uneducated in our country. If either of them won the office of the President, I would move to Mexico to look for a better life.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  82. Marcus Richardson

    We don't hand the country off to idots when it's doing this poorly. We hand off to idiots when it's doing well, remember the election in 2000?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  83. Kathie

    Either of these two or any member of the tea party runs and wins our country is doomed. How many times has trump filed bankruptcy? palin is a certified quitter–she couldn't even finish her term as govenor.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  84. Jim, Denver CO


    As Will Smith always manages to say at some point in his movies: "Oh Hell No!".

    But they could do a reality TV show together called "The Pompous and the Brainless". I'm sure a lot of the good, strong and free people in the Tea Party would watch it.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  85. Tita Welp

    they are the problem

    August 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  86. Rudy NYC

    Neither one is running. They are running out of time to file with the FEC, and with the various states to get on the primary ballots. They still work for media outlets, which means they need to quit and have a cooling off period before they can officially enter.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  87. john thomas

    Hell no Jack. There are already enough dysfunctional, irresponsible, tea pot party types out there now and the worst thing is we might have enough brain dead voters to put one of them in office.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  88. Lori

    I have a hard time thinking these two people are the answer to anything! Trump has filed bankruptcy how many times now? Sorry, but if he can't make his company work, what makes anyone (let alone himself) that he can make this country work? And Sarah Palin????? Really??? If you had a three hour show I couldn't finish what I had to say about her, she quit as the governor of Alaska half way through her term! Couldn't (and dont want to) imagine her as our President. "Oh gee this is just too hard for me, I quit half way through my term". We already have a bunch of incompetent people in office, we don't need two more. Thank you.
    Lori FL

    August 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  89. Susan Midland, MI

    Since Sarah is responsible for a lot of the hatred in this country, unless she has a come to Jesus moment and admits that she IS the problem, then no, she is not the solution to anything, As for Trump, his ego is far bigger than the part of his brain responsible for common sense. No solutions there either. Keep looking, GOP. I'm sure there is at least one member of your party who can reason, speak English, and has the best interests of the country at heart. Somewhere.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  90. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Trump is a big windbag full of hot air which the northeast can harness during the winter months. Otherwise he’s useless.

    If Palin, God forbid, got to the White House, she would quit after her first week when she discovers it’s a lot of hard work and the pay isn’t as good as her speaking engagements. That leaves us with no president. It’s a good start. Then we can try to get rid of Congress after that. Can’t possibly be any worse than what we have now.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  91. Kevin

    This is just too funny, both of them are a Joke, Kevin from Nashville,TN

    August 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  92. Ken Victoria BC

    First of all, I must agree with your comments. Jon Steward will steal your ideas.LOL. Short and sweet, Ms. Palin and Mr. Trump are jokes. Will Americans wise up and ignor them? Hopefully Yes. Finally, the teabaggers must be adding stupidity pills to their brew. Crown Royal would be better.Cheers.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  93. Richard, Raleigh NC

    Positively NO! Are these "serious times" and don't we need "serious people" At least it plays out that way in the movies! Congress leaves DC happy to collect 'their' paychecks while leaving FAA workers and many construction folks unemployed and the treasury missing about Billion a month from collections. How can adding more extremist clowns to the present mix solve a single problem? Where are the serous people and why doesn't anyone care to fix this mess. Jack, why do these radical, off the wall folks, keeping taking air time?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  94. Paul From Austin Texas

    No way Jack! That is like asking if Casey Anthony should run for President. They are so far out in left field they would never have a chance to snag a ball yet alone be the answer to our problems they would only compound them. Jesse Ventura would be more of a problem solver then them and he is kinda out there isn't he.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  95. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Of course not! Hillary Clinton should be drafted by the Democrats to face off with Obama in the Primary. This time she would get the nomination. I'm certain many people are sorry they didn't back her in 2008.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  96. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The only thing I have to say about Palin and Trump joining the race, is the country can use a good laugh. With their misquotes and outrageous statements they would be sure to provide a lot of laughs. One thing that scares me is the fact that they would fit in with the tea party, because they are two spoiled children who are full of themselves and don't know what the word compromise means.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  97. Paul P.

    They're no more the answers than are Smurfette and Scrooge McDuck.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  98. Bill in New Mexico

    Assuming Sarah Palin graduated from high school–I present the indictment of what America's public education has deteriorated to. This is reason number 57 why America is in the pickle that it is.

    As President–neither Palin nor Trump will be solutions to the country's infinite number of problems.

    The economy is seriously sick–maybe in a coma. After the much larger Christmas cuts (by the Super Committee), the economy will surely bring even worse statistics. If Trump is true to his word, he will be in. Heaven, help us!

    It's a cliche, but America needs synergy from each and all political factions.

    It's impossible, but calm, clear thought with respect, with understanding, and with facilitation has got to be established. Only then, is there any chance logical deduction can trace synergistic solutions from this waring, emotional hodge podge of ideas.

    Too long, the opposite of synergy is being achieved. All this does is to provide America the worse from each political faction. These are reasons number 54, 119, and 239 why America is in the pickle it is.

    Synergy is superior to compromise.

    But, I have given up on Palin having anything to contribute. I hope that I am incorrect.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  99. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    This is like that little car in the circus, where the clowns keep coming and coming out of that small car.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  100. Luis Almonte

    Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are not the answer to the country's problems. What we need is for Republicans and Democrats to work together and work with the President and support him. Obama has some good ideas but it can't pass Congress because Republicans and Democrats are always fighting each other for their interests and not for the good of the country to do what needs to be done and is necessary. However, if I had no other options, I would choose Trump, he has that Pro-American, Strong-Arm, "Aggressive" attitude that represents what America was once.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  101. Mr. D

    The only thing that Palin should do in Iowa is pick corn. Speaking of corn, Trump has plenty of it and should confine his ego boosting behavior to the private sector. We already have too many egos in Congress, and we are trying to live with the results.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  102. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I wouldn't cast a vote for Donald Trump. I'm against all that gold in the White House but, I would vote for Sarah Palin in 2014. She's well known for 2 year terms. I won't vote Democrat in 2012 for President and that vote will likely be the only Republican vote I cast. I do wonder if Obama will return to Chicago or try Kenya. .Hope Change down the drain

    August 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  103. Nate NC

    Trump: "Sarah you're fired."
    Palin: "Fired? Me, fired? I represent the American people, all those hard working middle class Americans who need a leader to restore all that is good, strong and free."
    Trump: "Sarah, Sarah... you can't prove that."
    Palin: "Proof? How much more proof do you need then the way Mr. Obama has dealt with this economy."
    Trump: "Like what? Name one thing."
    Palin: "......."

    Just an excerpt of their pointless debate. We are better off trying to straighten out President Obama.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  104. Nancy

    jack, i think you have finally lost your mind. if you think that these 2 are right for this country, then we are really in trouble.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  105. Rusty Soots

    Answer to the country's problems?!?! More like punchlines to bad jokes.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  106. Ram Riva

    This is one useless topic.....Mr Cafferty you need to take a break....

    August 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm |

    Somehow when I envision those two, I see Donald Trump as Santa Claus waving to the crowd from a moving sleigh with Sarah Palin behind the reigns of her reinder with no idea of which way to go.
    I call him Santa because I think Donald Trump can't be for real. I think the less he speaks the smarter we can imagine he is.
    Palin, to me, is like a gold fish in a bowl , swimimg around aimlessly without a brain.
    I apologize to Santa and to the all fish.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  108. Brian (From Chicago)

    'Frick and Frack' the answer to this coutries problems? I guess I could use a good laugh right now.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  109. Tim in Colorado

    Yes, because businesses create jobs and they are pro business. President Obama is the most anti-business of any President in US history. Until he is replaced, we will never have jobs growth.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  110. B. J., Quincy, Il

    That way it would be like twiddle dee and twiddle dum, put them where you want.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  111. Dennis north carolina

    great question, Jack. Trump can take the country into bankruptcy as he did with his other companies to screw the people who loaned him money. Plain can show the country how the con works. she became rich by conning the American public.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  112. Jack McCord

    President Andrew Jackson: "It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes."

    August 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  113. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Palin and Trump would fit nicely into what is finally bringing our country down, the final nail in our coffin as it were.

    When one small group of people led by extremists try and control others through fear and contempt in order to virtually imprison others to adhere to their extreme one sided beliefs, to lock all people in their small suffocating box of absolute ideology no matter the harm to the greater majority, is something I thought was extinguished in 1945 and today is called terrorism.

    You're right Jack, God help us all and protect us from our own stupidity!

    August 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  114. George in PA

    Only if you run for Secretary of State Jack!

    August 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  115. andyz Lynn, MA

    You certainly do ask the most intriguing questions. How about a very succinct answer; NO!

    August 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  116. Richard, in Kansas

    If our problem were economic prosperity, a united populace and a firm grip on reality then yes I'd say they were the answer.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  117. Marilyn, Wasilla, Alaska

    What?, we haven't had enough drama in the last few months to last two lifetimes?!

    August 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  118. Karl in Flint

    Those two are the poster children for future third world leaders. If either of these two clowns runs for anything, I’m going to become an illegal alien and head to Mexico with the Mexicans. Adios goofy gringos.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  119. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Trump encouraged the GOP to force us into economic ruin to unseat the president, and Palin can't even repeat her party's rhetoric correctly – a parrot would be more reliable. If Americans are dumb enough to believe these two are the answer to anything, I'll be watching the media circus from some saner country.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  120. Chris Brown FL

    the greed of Donald trump and the moral character of his show added to the right wing Blondie beauty queen mentality i would say that is a poster child of why were where we are now I'm sure they would fit right in

    August 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  121. JONIQUE

    Please make those two leaders. I have been thinking about moving to Canada. The way President Obama has been treated by the Repubs, let those two nut cases have the USA.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  122. Cee.La

    Congress might work better with either of these two......because they are GOP/TP types......but their self promoting egos would probably not allow it......I think about all the $billions being spent on elections to benefit so few,meanwhile the unemployed are drowning......Where are the jobs the Bush tax cuts were supposed to bring? What is it 10 years and we keep sliding.....I cant blame Obama for Congress,s dysfunction.....

    August 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  123. D.Wilson

    Yeah let's vote for Micky Mouse and Donald Duck.
    GOP agenda
    1. Rich get richer
    2. kill off the middle class
    3. Strip goverment, really do we need OSHA or food inspection
    4. Keep military might need them to stop civil unrest

    August 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  124. Claudia

    Light bulb jokes could be written about these two.

    Neither has any clue about the interdependence of the world's economies, the needs of 'rill' Americans such as the elderly and poor, the heartbreaking and desperate needs of the unemployed when US corporations (rich in cash) will not hire, or the disastrous situation too many Americans find themselves in when they are denied or can not afford health coverage in the richest country in the world.

    They are however the answer to every late night comic's dreams.

    Claudia from Buffalo

    August 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  125. Jamie in St. Louis

    Only if our problem is the lack of a sense of humor.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  126. Don McPhail

    I thought about this a lot but I think Donald Trump should run wih Paris Hilton. Of course Paris would on top for this ticket.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  127. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York


    We have them already – they're called the Tea Party. A hair-helmeted blowhard who believes declaring bankruptcy is a personal virtue and a small government advocate who during her brief commercial break as Governor gleefully took in $2 in federal money for every $1 sent out.
    The US economy is taking in water already, do we really need to aim for 2 more icebergs ?

    August 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  128. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, the short answer is, no. Donald Trump would not be suited to dealing with harsh opposition and accommodating to ideas contrary to his own. The difference between his current small real estate office world and the huge global world would be totally disconcerting to his braggadocio style of doing business. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, would be seriously hampered in providing world leadership simply because she clings to a narrow, provincial and naive political philosophy of governance. The idea of placating the wealthy would be her number one concern to the detriment of reducing many existing and needed social benefits to the lower and middle class citizens. These two should not be considered as a "Plan B" under any circumstances, ever.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  129. James Lenon @chuckey TN

    If the question is about a hairpiece to no where, Trump is the answer.
    If the question is about leaving jobs when they become harder than expected, Palin is the answer.

    If the question is about failure to understand middle school civics, Palin and Trump share the prize.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  130. Annie, Atlanta

    Only if the answer to our problems requires putting two of the most narcissistic people on the planet in charge, with a whole lot of ignorance and hate tossed in for good measure.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  131. Eve of Texas

    From the mouth of a genius, Dubya Bush, "Brang'm on." Can you imagine those two mean-spirited small-minded people in a debate. It would provide the comic relief our country needs during hard times. Eve of Texas

    August 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  132. Joe


    We see drama Diva-Queens (yes, Trump qualifies) whose only interest is in promoting the self. How foolish do these media hounds believe the American people are, and what does it say about us, if we continue to watch Bachmann, Palin, Trump when real issues are hitting us in the face every day? I also question whether Palin is using the resources of Fox to run for President, because as her daughter Bristol says, she already has made up her mind whether to run or not.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  133. John Hilderbrand

    Indiana.........Only if you want more craziness than we just saw on the debt ceiling. Neither of them are wired up right!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  134. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    If these two clowns are the answer the question must have been really stupid.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  135. Judy

    What a swcary thought

    August 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  136. Terry in Virginia

    The way our country is being run now are you sure they aren't already in office?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  137. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Donald trump and Sara Palin are a part of the group that have made a pledge to get this black man out of office by manufacturing every possible crisis they can produce to make sure that President Obama doesn't have a chance to advance his agenda. These people are so committed to getting this man out of office that they will lose billions of dollars and ruin the country's economy if that what it takes to get him out. Down right 2011 racism. And we talked about post racial issues in this country after the 2008 elections. What a joke!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  138. Judy

    Oh Goody, Trump and Palin, two windbags with nothing between their ears except bad hair and a pair of glasses. Jack, Puleeeease!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  139. javier

    they arent any better than the mornos we have now in office.the way to fix it is to fire both houses and elect new one.they have been in office to long and they are only concerned with thier own political contributers finacial status.they manage to make sure they get paid but dont care if anyone else gets their pay,sad state of affairs

    August 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  140. Gigi Oregon

    I would love it... if they would run on the same ticket. And win!!! Can't you see it now...President Trump (love that name) he'd turn the White house into a Casino Hotel (for the rich and famous, of course) and Sarah serves drinks at Alaska Gold rush decor salon room, in the Oval office...Betcha! they could do it...for a year or two...I can't think of anything that would trump (top) the last ten years in Washington DC than a Trump and Palin ticket.

    Go for it kids!!! "this show has just got to go on"

    August 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  141. Sean in Michigan

    Imagine if they won! The first reality-TV show to take place in the White House. They might give the Kardashians a run.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  142. Greg M.

    God help us all if they ever are the answer to anything other than years from now on Jeopardy.Trump is a professional bankruptcy filer and sarah is a professional hate-ranting half-termer,bus tour included.Nothing more.
    Greg M. FL

    August 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  143. Tom from Nebr.

    Good grief Jack. Are you serious? That's like asking how many clowns can dance on the head of a pin.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  144. Mike in TX

    My son says if Trump, Palin or Perry get elected he's taking his family to Canada. I think I'll start looking into that option too just in case. Trump, Palin REALLY

    August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  145. Minesh

    Jack, they will be thousand times better than your dear clueless Obama! – Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  146. vtski

    After scraping the bottom of the barrel with Obambam and ByeByebiden, we probably could use some humor.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  147. ThisThatnTheOther

    They are the answer to the question that hasn't been asked

    August 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  148. John in Memphis


    Either you are nuts like these two for asking this question or the heat is frying your brain.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  149. Helga from California

    Jack, the answer to what? Total insanity for our country? I'm going to pretend you never asked this question.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  150. Woolfian

    Times are, let's face it, downright depressing. Almost 10% of the population is unemployed. Those that are employed are working harder to make ends meet while Congress rewards itself for overtime by taking a 4 week vacation. Big airlines are behaving badly and there's nothing we can do about it......

    Who knows- maybe a Trump/Palin ticket is what we really need. I mean, with laughter being the best medicine and all.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  151. Ivan in AZ

    Short answer NO!! They are part of the problem especially on the Republican or right wing side. Democrats have their select few but non are quite on par with the ridiculousness of these two clowns. Throw Bachmann in that category as well.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  152. Barbara Lou Townsend

    I am sorry but the very thought makes me puke. Is that clear enough.
    Barbara Lou Townsend
    Palm Harbor, FL

    August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  153. Nick

    Seriously, Jack, the scary thing is, there are people out there ready to cast a vote for those two...man o man, here's your sign...

    August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  154. Martin Wielgus

    Could things get any worse? We are already governed by a bunch of moronic millionaires who don't give a crap about the working class. They just put 74,000 people out of work by leaving for their summer vacation without taking care of FAA funding. America may not want a dysfunctional government, Mr. President, it seems to be satisfied with the idiotic.

    Martinsburg, WV

    August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  155. cobra

    Well Jack you have really got the left wing progressives panties in a wad this time :-). You know if you would admit it that any of the republicans that are running or may run would be better than the trash in the White House.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  156. Renee

    To what, Jack? A carnival side show? A Hairless Monkey and an Air Head. Please.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  157. James - Algonquin IL

    If they are then I'd rather update my passport and start looking for a job in Europe now!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  158. BR

    In a nation increasingly full of uninformed self-destructive idiots, it only makes sense to put their gods in power.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  159. Frank from Connellsville, PA

    Jack; seriously? Unless it is about self promotion those two aren't the answer to any problem solving question.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  160. Mary

    If these two ARE the answer, then our country is in worse shape than I thought it was...And I'll move out along with other writers.
    Mary, Ohio

    August 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  161. sheila

    that is laughable, Palin and Trump the answers to our country's problems. No, they're definitely not the answer.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  162. Andy

    Is this a serious question?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  163. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Absolutely, either one as the Republican nominee gives the country exactly what it needs – no more GOP!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  164. Al-kc

    Ok Jack good one on us. Speaking of Palin she is running around hollering about where are the jobs. Jack good question for next time, how can the president create jobs. Should he call every employer in the country and say hire someone or else? Pose the question jack and then ask exactly, yes exactly what they would do to create jobs. Have your counterparts pose that to the republican elected officials.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  165. BIll in VA

    If nothing else Trump would seriously elevate the entertainment value of the campaign. He certainly isn't afraid to say what he thinks about most anything. He certainly is at least as qualified as the current occupant was.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  166. Mike

    No way...if they became the leaders of this country, I will move out immediately. This would be a true epic failure of the American people if this occurred.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  167. Peggy- OH

    They are indeed the answer because after the debt debacle we need some serious laughter in this country. Besides, a Trump-Palin ticket would ensure that Pres. Obama is re-elected.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  168. Jeanne


    I've heard that you can fight fire with fire – I don't think you can fight insanity with insanity. If the republicans would let O'bama do his job and not be such jerks, this county would be headed in the right direction in no time!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  169. kevin

    They are a good representation of our country's problems. Greed and Ignorance.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  170. Cecilia Lewis Ooltewah Tennessee

    Only if we are looking for comic relief

    August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  171. Harvey Scribner


    That's not a fair comparison!
    Have you seen the price of theater popcorn? They significantly overcharge!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  172. Camille

    They are the answer if our problems are caused by a lack of self serving idiots who confuse fame with importance.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  173. Jilli

    "Sarah Palin & Donald Trump answer to country's problems?"

    Why not include Bozo the Clown and the Geico lizard in the list of choices? They're as likey to be the solution as trump or palin.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  174. Lynnette

    I had to make sure it wasn't April 1. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are two examples of the sort of say anything stupidity that has eroded the discourse of the nation. if we keep turning to people who clearly manipulate the media so their show or book will make money we are doomed. Palin has no demonstrable acumen for the presidency, and Trump well i'd rather vote for a rhesus monkey. Maybe we need a new party the sanity party and the moderates can run it.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  175. katy heys

    Actually Jack, i would welcome a run by the GOP by either Trump the self-serving gasbag hypocrite, or Sarah Palin the functionally illiterate idiot, because it would guarantee another four years of Obama.

    Tampa, FLA

    August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  176. Michael of NY

    Sorry, Jack.

    Neither is capable of leading this country, in good times, or bad.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  177. Michael Armstrong Sr. Sherman Tx.

    Both are yesterday's new's all my bet's are on a real winner Vote For Rick Perry In 2012 .

    August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  178. Doreen Johnson

    Oh Jack...I love you. Some humour in the middle of my day!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  179. Jon

    The original founding fathers were quite elitist intellectuals. They definitely weren't peasants or everyday folks.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  180. Sam

    Noi Jack, they're the problem...or at least a significant part thereof.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  181. Matthew Montoya

    Jack...Really? For Real? I never took you for such a witty, sarcastic guy. Very funny stuff Jack.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  182. Donna - MD

    Yes, they are the answer. They are not part of the DC ruling elite and it's about time someone with some common sense help this country get back on the right path. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  183. LouAz

    C'mon, Jack, this is yesterdays question. They are both irrelevant. You do "news", not "Entertainmemt".

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  184. Darryl Schmitz

    Stirring the pot again, aren't we Jack? 🙂
    (By the way, the anti-Constitution, big government bureaucrats on both the Left and the Right have proven that they're part of the problem and not part of the solution, so the answer to your question is, "No!")

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  185. Rick D.

    Yeah they aught to run....after weeks of watching the caotic, sickening dysfunctional Congress of ours almost default on the countries deficit we all need a few good laughs thats certain to follow everytime these two goons open their mouths.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  186. Weldon from Fredericton NB Canada

    At least it will be downhill from what they have today.....

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  187. Richard

    Hard to not say that Sarah Palin isn't a pleasant person; however, to hear her comments, and being republican, I am so afraid that I will not vote the party lines, should she decide to run on the national ticket. A person has to have something between the ears to run a country or be the vice to the president. As for Donald Trump, again he should stay with building golf courses, because he would make a lousy president. In summation, should anyone consider either of them for the national election, may the lord have mercy on the USA..

    August 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  188. Bill from Clinton, MD

    Jack, you are a funny guy. If that's the alternative, I'll vote for O'Bummer – I mean O'bama.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  189. Woody

    CaFFERTY SAYS, "former governor of Alaska says the U.S. needs a "restoration of all that is good and strong and free,” whatever that means."

    I wish you would have asked what, "Yes We Can" meant 3 years ago. maybe we wouldn't be stuck with the knucklehead in the White House.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  190. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Donald Trump would file bankruptcy against China and Sarah Palin will put the U.S. in the "crosshairs" of every country when she opens her mouth and says something stupid as usual. Neither are problem solvers, they are problem makes.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  191. Jay

    Um, no.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  192. dennis in pa.

    NO! i just hope someone from the republican party steps up soon! i can't continue to remain in the u.s. with obama the clown for four more years.canada's looking good right about now.....

    August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  193. Dr. Carpenter

    Jack is the choices we are left to make these days. Why are we wasting time trying figure out which of the two dummies we want to run this country. You have a rug wearing and a woman who quit on her own states. Please they are not allowed at the grown up table so please tell them to go away

    August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  194. Patty D.

    Dear Jack, I wasn't sure if you're question was a joke or if you were serious. But, those two together on the Ticket? You might as well call them 'Dumb and Dumber'.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  195. Chris D.

    ...only if the solution is a noise-to-sense ratio of superhuman proportions...

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  196. Rudy Padgett

    Sarah Palin? No. Too many females in government as it is..
    Donald Trump?. If we could vote in all new senators & Congressmen, yes! Donald Trump is a business man and could straighten the country out.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  197. Ted, Chicago IL

    After a big dumb Republican idiot cowboy ruined our country, it is only natural that Americans would be hurting for more.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  198. MikeB

    I'd vote for Trump in a minute, but, then, I'd vote for Hitler if he'd enact trade tariffs and put an end to job outsourcing (and maybe gas every partner at Goldman Sachs).

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  199. Lawrence Jerome

    I could see Trump for President–at least he knows how to run a business, how to raise a family, and is an expert at marketing. Sarah Palin doesn't know how to run anything, including her own family and her own compaign!

    Solvang, California (Danish Capital of America)

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  200. Lindsey

    I'd vote for Sarah if she were the Republican nominee. However, Bachmann is the best choice for the Republicans and Paul and Cain are close behind. I think any one of these 3 could take Obama. Palin is iffy and the rest, forget it!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  201. Brady in Poughkeepsie

    Hell no! That's like asking if an infant should fly an airplane. If they're going to be the pilots, then I'm going to parachute off this plane. I don't want to be on it when it crashes into the ground. They're both nutjobs, Trump more so because he has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. If it were up to him, we would be at war with everyone, and we would the 'bad guys' in the eyes of history. I don't think that's the answer to our problems. Not to mention, I don't think American workers want to hear the phrase 'you're fired' at a time like this.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  202. Dan Bednarik, PhD

    Jack – Sure, those two are the answer if you are running a game show! Would be going from a bad situation to one that words could not possibly describe. Our candidates for government are starting to look like a pathetic reality show where the American people are always the losers. You are not much older than me Jack – Don't you remember when we were all in the streets protesting the Vietnam war? Today, one seems to think that writing a blog message and hitting "send" is all that we need to do (like I just did).

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  203. Craig

    Palin and Trump have basic understanding of economics, and of what has worked and what hasn't, unlike the Obama-Reid-Pelosi group. However, the hole the country has been dug deeper into requires that we don't take another risk with unproven leadership. We need a president who has had some success at the state level. Perry, Daniels, Christie, and even Romney and Pawlenty have that. It's unfortunate that our first minority president is a major failure, but that's the risk a majority of the electorate took. If things don't get any better I won't be surprised if he's forced to step aside and give Hilary a shot.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  204. Edward

    People like you and so many others keep talking about Palin and Trump, day in, day out. Why? What is so interesting about them to you or to the media in general?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  205. Sean in DC

    Answer? No. Punchline? Absolutely.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  206. MiamiDade

    This is the perfect couple. Two idiots trying to catch everyone's attention. Two losers fighting a lost battle. Should the country elect either one, the US will become the biggest circus on the planet. Pity!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  207. Orville

    Are they the answer?...Yes, but only if you want more absurdity, ineptness and absolute folly to be perpetuated in Washington!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  208. Mrhappybigpants

    Jack I enjoy your sense of humor....

    Ontario Canada ( Palin and Trump free)

    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  209. Josh P

    The right have one thing correct in regards to Sarah Palin and the left: we are afraid of her. We're afraid of her qualifications, her policies, her lack of care for the rights of others, and afraid of her ability to lead, unify, and bring this nation back to prosperity. And I trust Donald Trump even less. If he can't save his own businesses from multiple bankruptcies, how can we trust him to balance the United States?

    If the Republicans are truly dedicated to removing President Obama from office, they need to choose a candidate that is qualified, intelligent, and willing to work with the opposite party for the best direction of our nation. However, with the polarizing Tea Party thinking it's their way or the highway, holding the GOP hostage, we'll never get that person on the ballot...

    Josh P
    Akron, OH

    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  210. Deebee

    They would be the answer to only one question: "What would be the worst presidential candidate/vp candidate team ever to run for any election in the history of the USA?"

    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  211. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Well, the current bunch of DC clowns have just managed to use smoke and mirrors again to deceive us into more debt. The current DC clowns are obviously not in tune with the American people.

    However, Trump and Palin? They make the current DC clowns look like super-heros. Not a chance.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  212. John B.

    I agree with Stewart on this one Jack – Donald ate New York style pizza, in New York, with a fork. That one act is so clueless that it totally and permanently disqualifies him for any political office. Palin on the other hand is just playing the public for a buck – she won't run.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  213. Chris

    Maybe Trump, but Palin isn't even fit to run a small town.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  214. Chris in SINY

    Must be a slow news day eh Jack
    you are working on your new comedy routine,,,LOL

    August 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  215. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Are you joking? Look at their track record. Palin – a relatively unknown till McCain pulled her out – left unfinished business when $$ lit up her eyes. Trump was not given a gaming license in Las Vegas for questionable business practices. They are very good at criticizing. But they both have not come up with viable solutions.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  216. Ralph Spyer

    The problem is there are no solutions .What we have here is a circus just look at our government.We have the incompetent electing the corrupt few.We have interchangeable candidates The government is run as bad as the Catholic Church

    August 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  217. Joe Burton Wichita Falls, Texas

    Dear Jack,
    The "Quitter" and the "Combover" both have the same agenda, the "Quitter" and the "Combover". Self aggrandizement is both their mantras. They care little about our country and a great deal about which is their best side. It would be good and strong and make us free to give them both a swift kick right in their best side!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  218. Byron Chaney

    To have anyone one of these "Celebrity Goons" run for president with all of the other political goons can only give us voters more to dislike our political system as a whole. Listening to all potential candidates makes me wonder where our future is going? Palin is caught up in cheerleader popularity contest trying to convince us "Normal" citizens that she cannot go wrong with her agenda. Wrong is the key word in this.
    As for Trump, he too says what we all want to hear. I honestly think "The Donald" can use his business savvy mentality into a streamlined global business venture. Here is something Trump has to realize, you cannot "Fire" the government, but they can fire you!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  219. Brian McNally


    Have you been out in the sun too much, or just lost your mind?!! Sarah Palin is about as close to being a leader of this country as one of my dogs. That other guy, the one with the wave hairdo is just a wealthy blow hard. Of the two of them, the donald would be the most preferable. Ms. Palin is just playing in the shallow end of a wading pool, I mean intellectually she has the mechanics of a third grader.

    Better to start talking about how we get off of this debt train or change tracks so our empire levels out before falling into the oblivion that the Roman's did.

    Brian McNally

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  220. michaelH

    Yes, they are the answer.... that is, if the question was " What 2 people would play the fiddle as america burned".

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  221. Rob

    Trump and Palin?
    The Apocalypse couldn't be far ahead...

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  222. jb1963

    Palin and Trump would make a fun tag team wrestling chimps.
    Donald Chump and nail-n Palin take on the chimps john (the job crusher) Boehner and Michelle (the I love being teabagged) Bachman

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  223. Marko from Bakersfield

    Well, they say laughter cures all ills, and this would be the biggest joke I can think of, so yes they SHOULD run! Sadly though, as long as there is more money to be made talking about running for president then actually running for president, I doubt it would happen.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  224. Joop Kaashoek

    If more stupidity is what is needed to get out our current problems that are caused by stupidity, then yes, maybe it might work. But only if you suspend reality of course.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  225. Evando Missouri

    Missouri is the Show Me state not the showman or showboat state.
    Palin is a big showboat and Trump is a big showman. I will stay with someone like Harry Truman who said "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

    Closes so far to being more like Truman is the current President

    August 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  226. Brandy

    God help us if these two would win the election

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  227. Ken from Minneapolis

    Haaaaaa hoooo! Ha ha ha, stop it, ur killin' me! Heee he ha ha ha...oh my...oh jeez, stop, you gotta, you gotta...hahahahahah hehehehe...oh wow. Well, that was a funny question...wow, cool, very original... Wait, r u serious? Wha' the...no, aw no,nonono...not seriously...Jack, thanks for the grin but, ah, no...

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  228. Robert in Syracuse

    Sarah and Donald are perfect! If we only needed another golden age of comedy. Any of the previous administrations would seem pedestrian; late night T.V. would kill...

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  229. Raul

    Trump and Palin are not the answers but are prime examples of the socio-political problem in the US–arrogant ignorance.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  230. Bigbill

    Yes, if the question is "How dumb can it get?"

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  231. Suzanne RN

    They are the answer to "Who makes America look totally dumbed down". Palin couldn't even get her son to follow the abstinence program advocated, belatedly, by her daughter Bristol. He did, however, marry his baby mama, with Sarah and shotgun standing nearby! Hopefully he will call his baby 'Hyp- pocrisy". If she can't get her kids to go to college or practicing safe sex, how can she manage a WHOLE country, for Pete's sake...And the Donald...please..he is his own reality show!That hair would NEVER be invited for an overnight at Buckingham Palace

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  232. Tiggy Winkle

    Of course not, Jack, but then why bother asking us when you've made your feelings perfectly clear. Are you honestly worried that someone who can't finish a governorship, a nature show, a cross-country bus tour or a newspaper might make it through presidential campaign? The only reason these vacuous loudmouths still get any attention is because commentators like you won't stop moaning about them.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  233. david, CA

    Only if the question is- "How do we let 2 morons embarrass and destroy the reputation of our great country?"

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  234. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Comedians and snarky bloggers need a reliable and stable source of income too. Trump and Palin are the answer for THEIR problems. Now, back to the real world, Jack.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  235. msnyder275

    The answer...to what?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  236. Tom O'Donnell

    No they are not the answer to this country's problems. But, as a life-long Democrat (read "bleeding heart"/"tax and spend"), they will be the answer to my prayers if the Republicans can only make them running mates for 2012. The President could devote his time to important issues, rather than using his valuable time campaining. Barack would win in a snoozer!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  237. david

    Oh, PLEASE, I hope they DO run. We need some good laughs. It would be a great year of jokes, jokes and more jokes.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  238. steve

    Steve from St Louis

    Are they an answer to the country's problems?

    No, they will just add to them!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  239. Louis

    I'll give you trump as the wrong person but you are dead wrong about Palin; you keep trying to knock her down by stating a lousy $5,000 when it was only in 4 theatres funny you make it sound like it's in a nation wide release when it's not!! (guess anything you can twist to make it sound bad for Palin is your style)

    Sadly you are once again wrong about Palin, not only does she have the executive experience needed to fill the job of the inexperienced (which is shows) Obama but the policies she put forth in AK (most with 58-2 and 59-1 votes-talk about bipartisan support) like the tax reform bill and one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertook (privately that is). All were extremely successful and you can't blame a girl for taking a budget deficit and turning it into a surplus is another way Obama can learn from Palin and how Palin knows what it takes to do whats right for the people; and all you want to talk about is a movie that she has nothing to do with (it just happens to be about her). Its sad you try and bring down a woman who can actually improve this mess!! good luck with your Obama he's done a great job so far

    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  240. California Gary

    OK........lets take a serious look at these two potential candidates. Palin has..........has..........has..........uh.........OK lets look at Trump. Trump has............has.............has............uh, there's the hair thing. OK I can't do this. How can you look seriously at clowns like these two?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  241. Chris, Bx., NY


    Really what happened to you since 2009? President Obama is still the man for America in times such as these. He may just squeeze a win out like President Harry S. Truman did.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  242. John

    Both of them are celebrities. Neither could win the trust of the people. Neither deserves that trust either.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  243. Marion

    The country really needs a good laugh at this point. So I say they should both run.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  244. The POPE

    "The popcorn stand at the theater took in more " I love that 🙂

    August 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  245. Teresa, Nashville, TN

    They are not the answer to the country's problems, however, they would be the answer to President Obama's problem in 2012.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  246. Zip

    Twenty years ago, Sarah Palin couldn't have been elected dogcatcher in Podunk. Now, thanks to Fox Fake News, she is a player.
    And that explains why Murdoch invented Fake news.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  247. Major Phil

    Cafferty, this question proves that you have finally lost your mind completely.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  248. alpha

    Palin/Trump 2012; I quit, you're fired!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  249. Stephen - San Diego

    Trump and Palin are the answer, alright. Just not to that question...

    August 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  250. Marie MD

    HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND??? We have, on one hand, a narcissistic buffon who has declared bankructcy more time that the AK quitter has had members of her family get married because they are pregnant. I am not going to say a darn thing about the quitter because if you have nothing to say about somebody keep your mouth shut!
    I will say that the only thing more pathetic than an older woman trying to wink her way in politics knowing nothing about anything is for an 84 year man thinking that the 24 year old was really interested in him.
    BTW – this woman is dangerous because we all know she hasn't got a prayer, but she has shown since 2008 that she can incite all the bigots and racists in this country to a civil war of sorts!
    Keep doing stories about her. The real story is what some lunatic (again/think AZ) will do something horrible and it will once again be on her shoulders but this is what she and her traitor followers want to happen.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  251. robert

    Obama sure isn't the answer. I'd vote for Mickey Mouse over BHO

    August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  252. KJ

    It may not be the answer to the country's problems, but it might provide the answer as to why the country has so many problems right now.

    Politics is currently so polarized and politicians so asinine that it seems impossible we will ever get anything fixed or even just improved. If these two run you have to believe that either a) they will be heavily defeated, sense will prevail and a path to the future might emerge, or b) they will do well, indicating that politics is reflecting the will of the people, which would indicate a long road ahead.

    Go ahead and run. Let's find out who the fool really is!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  253. Patrick

    Palin and Trump are only the answer if the question is "Who are the stupidest and who are the most obnoxious 2 people that are foolish and self deluded enough to think that anybody, but a complete rube would ever vote for them?"

    August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  254. Roberta Lewis

    These two are the worst. The only thing they do well is promote themselves. Palin is the queen of self promotion. She wants to be paid for every word she speaks.Trump only cares about his reality show and the tons of products he puts his name on. Shame on them.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  255. Alvaro Pacheco

    If you want a paint-by-numbers president either of these will do. Way too narrow minded to lead a great country. These two are nothing but we and they candidates- a dime a dozen.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  256. Max Newman

    Everett, WA.

    I don't think I have ever heard about anything being fixed by a heaping helping of dumb and vain. I don't understand why a minority of Americans embrace empty headed famous people. Would anyone seriously want the dumbest Doctor to perform heart surgery on them? Then why would they look to the dumbest candidates to solve the nations issues?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  257. Gary in CA

    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are not solutions to the problem... they are symptoms of the problem. Books will be written about this era.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  258. mommazona

    You betcha..... they'd be firing people left and right and filling their places with casino workers and salmon fishermen. All joking aside, Jack, you really need to let go of these two and move on to something or someone else. These two "potential candidates" wouldn't give up their day jobs.............they make far more than the president and we all know with these two that money talks.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |

    Thanks for a good laugh you can say what you want about Obama but at least with all the critisism and prejudice remarks, he's hasn't quit mid way thru his term. Can you imagine Sarah Palin representing the entire country? Donald Trump has no concept of the working class or middle class think Bush tanked the economy. Mr Trump would run up the deficit in the first year with the over the top dinner parties. The White house would surely have to be done in furniture that cost more than the debt ceiling.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  260. Mike, Oregon

    Huh!!! The answer to what? Neither one could handle anything more than flushing the commode and I question that. Together , no matter what it was, would be a disaster, OMG don't even go there some idiot may try to get them to do it.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  261. Chris

    I don't get it? Why is everyone so scared of these two great Americans? They both represent what is great about this country. Personally, I'm tired of professional politicians running this country into the ground. I think a Palin/Trump administration would be exactly what we need, some good common sense and business know-how to get us back on the right track. These two can certainly do no worse than our current elected officials.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  262. Paul T - San Diego

    Mr. Cafferty – I'm sorry to have to point this out, but there is an inherent bias to what you are asking. Most people dumb enough to support either Palin or Trump for President...wouldn't understand the question.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  263. Nina Fox

    Donald (your fired) Trump and Sarah (Mavrick) Palin can answer the country’s problems? ROFL Lets see if they can even understand the question first.

    Nina Fox

    August 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  264. Demotage

    All you have to do is to look up how hemi-governor Palin dealt with the traffic complaint of a citizen named Theodore Thoma to understand how disastrous a president she would be. Trump is not and never will be a serious candidate for president. He just fakes running every so often to keep himself in the spotlight.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  265. james pfeiffer

    Wow Jack! If I had to choose between having either Palin or Trump somehow run this country...or clean out the toilets at the state fair, I would take the toilets as they would have less "you know what"! Your question is a joke, right Jack?

    August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  266. Richard, Schaumburg, Illinois

    If Barby & Ken got elected to anything remotely connected to how this country is governed I would leave the country!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  267. justlou

    As long as Palin can continue to make money by running her mouth, she will. Once the gravy train stops, she will. As for the "Donald" I can hardly listen to him without LOL.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  268. kevin

    They are a good representation of our country's problems Jack, Greed and ignorance.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  269. skarphace

    If the problem you are referring to is that Obama and Biden are not providing commedians with enough fodder, then yes. Trump and Palin would solve that problem quite easily.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  270. John Hogan

    Are Palin and Trump the answer to America's problems? The answer ultimately depends on prerequisites the public expects from presidential candidates. Palin, the half-crazed Charlie Sheen of the American political realm, spends her days touring the country extolling the strength and importance of the values upon which the United States was created. In doing this, she'd do well to remember the basic American history that describes our values and the real patriots who risked their lives for what we enjoy today.
    As for Trump, are Americans really ready to allow a businessman of such stature into office? And when I say "of such stature," I'm really pointing out his history of bankruptcy. After our most recent financial scare, voters should be wary of individuals that have a less than savory history.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  271. tony

    Absolutely they are the right choice. How could they not be. The worst thing that could happen is that the country would twice as bad off as it was at the beginning of their term.Perhaps if they took office the national debt would soar. Congress would act like children. Unemployment would peak. Housing markets would crumble. That's the worst that could happen with them in office. I say go for it. Trump has more in common with Regan than anyone else. Trump was smart before he was popular.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  272. Bala

    Please Jack – say this is a joke!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  273. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    How can they have the "ANSWER" when they don't even know what the question is.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  274. Dirk the Daring

    Oh God no.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  275. john

    That's just what this country needs... a couple egomaniacal neophytes making decisions based on faith, devoid of facts, knowledge, historical context, and without regard to how their decisions would affect the rest of the world. If we thought GWB was bad they might possibly be able to "trump" him.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  276. Beverly - NYC

    Thanks for that imagery Jack, I've just lost my lunch. One election with the half term quitter is enough. The country almost defaulted 2 days ago, we don't need a guy without fiscal discipline, the vocabulary of a teamster, & multiple failed companies bearing his name to push us over the edge into third world status.

    Thanks but no thanks Jack.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  277. jim

    palin and trump represent some of the PROBLEMS we have. NOT solutions of any kind. closeminded, conspiracy theorists with no plans for improvement are a sure disaster for ANY government on the entire planet.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  278. jdog


    August 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  279. Zach

    No, they are not the answer. Communism is the answer. Just just here, but world wide. We don't need Capitalism or the state. We can work together for the good of humanity without people ruling over us. We can work less hours and in better conditions. We can end exploitation of people around the world. Communism is not some authoritarian and oppressive state capitalist nation like the USSR or China that people have been brainwashed into believing Communism is about.

    "Communism is a sociopolitical movement that aims for a classless and stateless society structured upon common ownership of the means of production, free access to articles of consumption, and the end of wage labour and private property in the means of production and real estate."

    August 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  280. Jim Roberts, Mpls. MN

    Only if you think we should go bankrupt and quit half way through their
    term as our president.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  281. Dirk, Ashland, Oregon

    If these two are the answer, then we are asking the wrong question!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  282. Alice Griffith

    The only answer to Washingtons problems is.. Term Limits, so we can get rid of those Do=nothings. Most have been there WAY to long

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  283. Susan H.

    No, neither Trump nor Palin can solve our national problem. Having said that, these two does have one thing in common – capitalize with the problem of major topics of the nation....Their political career is a short live...both have thick skin to hanging there.

    Laguna Hills

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  284. Gary Bowden

    Let me see,you have a mayor who quit before her term was up and then you have a billionaire who is more concerned with ratings for his forgettable reality show? None of them are the answer to anything,except for the punchline to a joke and that's it.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  285. Shirlet

    Palin and Trump are not anyones answer to anything. God nelp the USA if they represent us.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  286. Jay (Portland OR)

    WOW! Absolutly not. Furthermore, I will pack my bags and get on the first flight out of America if it even looks plausable that either one of them becomes leader of the free world!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  287. AMY-ny

    If Sarah Palin and donald Trump run for office then our country will no longer need to know that Africa is not a company and where to go for a good blow-over (his hair)
    Go figure

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  288. Annonymous

    Palin Trump 2012.

    Prove the Mayans right

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  289. Steve D


    The only way they are the answer to the question is if the question is: I'll take home grown Bozo's for $50 Alex.

    Steve D
    New Windsor Maryland

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  290. Cesar

    The answer to what?. Stupid. Why do not you Americans re-elect Obama, how is that change working for you all?. Americans make fun of all of us, Canadians; however, our system works better in every single way, who should make fun of whom?.........

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  291. Ross Newhan

    Yes, I think Palin and Trump are the answer, the question being... who would the worst and least intelligent candidates be?

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  292. Pat Clayton

    Not only no, but HELL NO!!! Abilene, TX

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  293. Andy

    No. Both of their attitudes and rhetoric are examples of what we do not need.

    They both sum up why we cannot accomplish anything as a country.

    They are more interested in trying to show everyone else as stupid and weak rather than offering workable solutions. That may be because they do not have the ability to solve any problems.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  294. Proinsias

    One thing is certain: Obama and Biden are certainly not the answer anyway. They have left our country in some mess. i will not vote for them on this occassion.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  295. Kevin

    Neither of these "individuals" is an answer to the nation's problems. I am a moderate republican and at this point I see no one to vote for. In fact, if the election was tomorrow, I'd actually vote for Obama – I see nothing in the republican field that would change my decision at this point.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  296. Ed Fertik

    Yes. They both have traditional American values and love their country and even you Jack would be a better president than Obama. Palin and Trump both have excellent resumes and excellent records of success. They both remember the things that made America great for hundreds of years.......things that Obama seems to have no knowledge of as he moves us steadily towards destruction.

    New York

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  297. Nancy Dunkleberg

    Yep...just what this country needs!!! Everyone these days seems to exist solely to promote themselves or their interest. In that light, those two publicity seeking, self involved, and probably certified narcissists, would be perfect for the top job.

    Let's just put it this way...if either of these two were to be President, I'd be moving to England or France ASAP!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  298. Bob Endicott

    Trump, who? Palin? LOLOLOLOLOL

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  299. Sylvia D, California

    I would not want a woman who cannot stick to her job as a governor as my president just as I would not want a man who has run companies into bankruptcy as my president either.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  300. nick

    Is this a trick question?

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  301. T. Taylor

    An emphatic NO!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  302. D in Hawaii

    Come on Jack, seriously you're insulting my intelligence with that question!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  303. Ford Shankle


    If Sarah Palin or Donald Trump wins, I am going to flee to Canada.


    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  304. JMM

    Um, Palin quit her job as Governor because she was greedy and wanted to be a millionaire. Trump defines greedy, yet is not good with money as he filed for Bankruptcy 3 times in the past most recently 2 years ago. So, in a country with dire economic problems my two year old nephew would be more qualified. I know this country is desperately looking for new leadership, but Jack you are clearly looking in the wrong direction.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  305. Phil

    If America needs laughter, these two fill the bill... but we need more than that.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  306. Neil

    The fact that you folks in the media keep obsessively focused on Palin and, to a lesser degree, Trump, shows that the Republican strategy is working (pay no attention the guy behind the curtain).

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  307. Gary Leming

    Jack, I am not sure if they are the answer or not, but how about the guy who was going to end the wars, close gittmo, have everything on c-span, and end the bickering in Washington. At least these two could do no worse and not spend as much money as Obama.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  308. jcraine

    Of course they are. If 'problems' could vote, they would vote for either in a heartbeat. But what about both of them on the ticket? Can you imagine the clash of egos?

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  309. Joe American

    Hey Jack,
    There's a new game show coming out...
    "America's Got No Talent"...
    Guess who's starring???

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  310. Jane - Burnsville, MN

    Donald Trump has gained and lost fortunes several times......yet in a recent CNN interview said he never actually "filed bankruptcy."

    He gets an "A" in spin........and an "F" in finance.......his trickle-down theory is defined by a closed sieve.

    Sarah Palin has yet to put a sentence together by herself with out a script and a "mantra". The "Undefeated" ? She can't even find her way out of Iowa.......

    They do represent one thing – Mr "New Yorker" and Ms "Alaska" represent the latest idiocy...."from sea to shining sea".

    God help us, Jack.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |

    If Palin and Trump are the answers God help us all.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |