February 17th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin: Tea Partiers need to pick a party

Sarah Palin spoke at a Arkansas fundraising event Tuesday.
Sarah Palin spoke at a Arkansas fundraising event Tuesday.

(CNN) - Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin took a practical approach to this grassroots political movement Tuesday, telling Arkansas Republicans that Tea Party candidates will not win unless they join an established political party.

"Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party," Palin said at an Arkansas GOP fundraising event Tuesday, according to CBS News.

"Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken? Which party will best fit you? And then because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they're going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: 'R' or 'D'."

The comments come 10 days after Palin addressed the so-called first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, where she praised the decentralized movement as consisting of "real people, not politicos, inside-the-beltway professionals."

"America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this," Palin said at the Nashville speech.


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  1. Moderate

    OH I thought she was going to tell them how to "QUIT" or "LOOSE". These are two things she is good at

    February 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Edwin

    Honestly, the Tea Partiers could represent an actual shift in parties. About every two generations (more or less), the parties shift what they represent. Around 1900, for example, the Progressives fit comfortably in the Republican party (sounds strange now).

    So... rather than "join" an existing party, they should probably create a party that suits them, then force one of the existing parties to take their positions. I think this is what they are doing. So I think Palin is wrong - the Tea Party does not need to join the Republicans, but vice versa.

    BTW, I am not a member of either, just an observer.

    February 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Grundoon

    Our was not designed to be a two patry system, it has become one and is ineffectual due to gridlock grinding everything to snails pace. LOBBY REFORM NOW!

    February 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. JonDie

    The Tea Party is a wing of the GOP already...in spite of the FACT that the GOP under Bush made government bigger and more powerful than it has ever been and despite of the FACT that the GOP under Bush through away the U.S. Constitution and created HUGE deficits.

    February 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Ulbricht

    So they are herding these sheeple right back where they started, the GOP.

    February 17, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Kudzu Special Palin, LA

    Wow, now CNN is giving us three daily editions of The Daily Palin. This is good news for really dumb people who like to hear politicians belch out slogans like "pick a party" or "common sense" or "smaller government."

    February 17, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Irwin Schiff

    Sarah Palin in October 2008 said she supports another investigation into 9/11.

    February 17, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. hawkeye

    JUST MORE BALONEY. A high School Graduate. Mayor of a small town in Alaska, Elected Governor and QUIT, my hero.

    February 17, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. jm for sc

    They have already picked a party. They should select Sean Hannity as their leader. Palin is a good face for them as well as she represents how much knowledge they have.

    February 17, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Rob R

    Palin: "You are the Revolution, the start of something new...Now, join an established party (hopefully the R's...." The difference before the first part and the second? $100,000 keynote speaker fee...

    February 17, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. C Foster

    I guess the American people will continue to support so called real people. I believe when it comes to trying to cash
    a $3 bill such as Sarah Palin there will be a rude awakening.

    February 17, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Beau B

    Her attempts to corral the Tea Partiests will fail. By definition, they stand for principles, not on party lines. They don't have to "pick sides" because they are on the side of ideas and don't answer to party leadership.

    As soon as the leaders of the "parties" see this, they'll start to understand what real populist power is.

    But good on ole Sarah for blabbing a bit more. She'll shoot herself in the foot.

    February 17, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Hodag

    So if you like a fundamentalist theocracy run by a woman with the moral slippery-ness of Bill Clinton, please, all Tea-Partiers, join the Republican ranks(as if you aren't there already) and vote for your conquering heroine.She couldn't even hack one term as Guv in a state with a population of 500 thousand, and that, of course, makes her prime presidential material.
    In the U.S. all you have to be is physically attractive; it matters not that you can't mentally compete on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"
    Someone once said America deserves the government we elect, and when Sarah wins the Presidency in 2012, that goal will be reached. At that point, lets hope the Mayans are right. I guess it won't matter either way.

    February 17, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Nick , California

    Here comes the push to get the tea bags to become "republicans"! Gee.. I didn't see this coming! All these games for POWER!!! It's sad what money and power can do to a human being... we will sell our morals, values, and even our souls just to have it!!! This is why human civilization will never progress as whole. Technology might change along with other tools we create, but our WANTS and will always bring us down!! Every great society in history has fallen and we are infants as a nation in the society game!!! History will always repeat itself!

    February 17, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. MAP = Minorities Against Palin

    Now that nutjob Palin is trying to get out of the fact she is the politico facto for the Tea Party. Not gonna work. The American people don't buy it. Just like Rush is the politico facto for the Republicans.

    February 17, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. russell

    Normal thinking Amercians really could care less about her advice to anyone, why are you publishing stories about this retard and her retarded family , it's funny how nshe can't take the heat but quick to critize someone else...............

    February 17, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Stewey

    Q: What do Sarah Palin and Peter Griffin have in common?

    A: They are both people who should never be president.

    February 17, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Brent

    OMG, Here she goes again. We only have 2 political parties?

    February 17, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Nathan

    And thus the slide of hands.

    February 17, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Jon from: S.Carolina

    True independants won't listen to this crook!we're 2 smart 4 her to trick. Go 2 the conservatives if u want sheep.

    February 17, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Chris W.

    Who cares what she says?

    If the media is so interested in irrelevant, radical, fringe politicians, why don't we see a bunch of Dennis Kucinich headlines?

    February 17, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Torin for Lawrenceville Ga

    Why does CNN care advise Palin gives the Tea Party.? Haven't we had enough of Caribou Barbie's opnions for awhile Enough is enough! Please do not give this celebrity gutton any more press. Please!!!

    February 17, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Carol

    To Palin: What is wrong with professionals?

    February 17, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Cheyenne

    Smaller smarter government? She's so full of stupidity. Jesus woman, make a point and stick with it. Hypocrisy has a new face, and upon it, sit wide set frames.

    February 17, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. JT

    Classy woman. Take the very tenets of these peoples' beliefs and use it to try to fool them into voting for your party. So what if they believe the system is broken and the Republicans are half the problem? Just keep voting for the party of not doing anything.

    February 17, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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