Sarah Palin as a Third Party Candidate

Sarah Palin


16 October 2013

If She Bolts the GOP, Where Can She Go?

Governor Sarah Palin is a politician who has raised questions about her party and some issues that merit attention. The Constitution Party is in fact in agreement with some of her positions (such as the right-to-life), but her specific views on a number of key issues put her at odds with our party platform. For example, her hawkish views in defense of Israel: our party’s view not to endorse policies which would get the United States involved in the internal affairs of other nations, including Israel.

We also oppose Governor Palin’s support of military incursions in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. Our platform reads in part:

“Since World War II, the United States has been involved in tragic, unconstitutional, undeclared wars [that] were the direct and foreseeable result of the bi-partisan interventionist policy of both Democrat and Republican administrations. … We call upon the Congress to immediately terminate American military presence in all foreign countries where such U.S. presence constitutes an invitation for this nation to become involved in, or further participate in, foreign wars.” 

Governor Palin has also voiced her support for closer economic ties with Communist China, opposing tariffs that would protect American workers from cheap foreign imports. Our platform states,

“Tariffs are not only a constitutional source of revenue, but, wisely administered, are an aid to preservation of the national economy. … the United States government has engaged in a free trade policy which has … undercut the wages of our working men and women, and totally destroyed or shipped abroad the jobs of hundreds of thousands of workers.”

In sum, while we sympathize with the disagreements Governor Palin has with the elitists who control the Republican Party, her candidacy would not have our support. The Constitution Party is the only party that uses the Constitution as a yardstick to measure candidates and their platforms. In our opinion, Governor Palin is not a constitutionalist because of her stands on a number of domestic issues and foreign policy concerns. If she leaves the GOP, the Constitution Party is not an option for her political ambitions.