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. JMikey54

    she said about the same thing in Nashville in answer to her first question there "What direction do you think the Tea Party should take now?" In her answer she said that the Tea Party should become part of the republican party, and the people in the audience had little response. I think I may have heard a feint boo.

    February 17, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. 4Politicianswithcorrectgrammar

    WHAT? I couldn't decipher any of that. For a Journalism major she sure doesn't have a strong grasp in sentence structure.

    February 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Kenny

    Honestly, who didn't see this coming?

    February 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    ....which just proves that she really doesn't understand the movement.

    Sarah Palin and most politicians see the tea party movement as a group of angry white folks when in reality its a grassroots movement of concerned citizens of all races who realize that their government is incompetent, corrupt, and wildly out-of-control. It consist of people who love America and miss what it used to stand for. It transcends the parties and, unless there are drastic changes, it will eventually grow into a full-blown revolution in this country.

    February 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    Yes, Tea Partiers, please go plague the Republican Party. The Democrats are busy saving the country and don't need that kind of distraction; but don't worry, you'll still get a revived economy, improved regulation, updated infrastructure and better access to health care when they're done :-)

    February 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Bertina

    Yes please follow the advice of Palin so the democrats can sit back and laugh.

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. bob

    If you want to pick a party, don't pick the one that's been arbitrarily holding up the democrats unless you know what they plan to do instead of Obama's agenda. What is the plan people???

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Zach K

    P.A.L.I.N.

    Putting Another Loser Into Nomination
    She is possibly the biggest sore loser in Political History.
    Thank Goodness America made a Better Choice.

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. dora

    Why must they choose between the corporate democrats or the even more corporate republicans? Gee unless Palin wants them to pick the party she belongs to, now that would be a shock wouldn't it? She is as big a sell-out as the rest of the politicians. Think for yourselves people, do your own research and make up your own minds. Don't listen to just one side, they all have their own agendas.

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. JR

    "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,"

    Like, whoa, like that's SO COOL! LIke, you know, I should, like, pick a party, and like, maybe do something gnarly...

    "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'."

    OH MY GOD! That is SO deep... LIke Sarah, you're like a total fountain of political wisdom... totally...

    Gag me with a spoon...

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. steve

    I have found a rock, please go under it and hide!!

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Beverly

    Did this article quote her? Can she ever produce a string of coherent sentences?

    February 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. kat

    Interesting choice of headgear – a Fidel Castro cap??

    February 17, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Ah, Karl Rove's puppet (Palin) speaks! He's figured out that the teabaggers would split the Republican vote, so he's asking Caribou Barbie to bring the sheeple back into the fold.

    Yep, there goes Karl jerking people around by their unthinking emotions to get them to the polls and elect politicians who will continue to fleece them!

    February 17, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Tony

    Hard to argue that.

    February 17, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Roy, Corpus Christi, TX

    This doesn't make any sense.

    February 17, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Ed

    America doesn't need another revolution. It needs political evolution, where educated people pick competent leaders who don't keep their ideas written on their palms.

    February 17, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Decisions, Decisions

    Hmmmm. I wonder which side they'll pick?

    February 17, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Patrick

    I am neither Dem or Rep, and will not join any party that seems to care more about their own pockets and only about keeping their cushy job and yet STILL DO NOTHING FOR THIS COUNTRY!!! The Dems dont have the balls and the Rep's just stand in the way of everything!! Fools all of them. I will only vote for the party that gets their heads out of their butts and pass meaningful bills and look to take this country in a better direction regardless of how popular their votes are, they have to express they want to do right by this country or they WILL lose their JOB!! ! ! !

    February 17, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Andy

    If you are dumb enough to join the Democratic party,then you deserve each other.

    February 17, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Jane (Minnesota)

    Really, Sarah! You're not a "Maverick" afterall!!!

    Hypocrite!

    February 17, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. NoShadesofGray

    Tea parites, mad hatters, and a deluded, bewildered, clueless girl? Sounds like Alice in Wonderland.

    February 17, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. nanbar

    So voting with the Republican party is somehow "revolutionary?"

    February 17, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Since elected republicans do not want the banks and wall street to have to pay back the money borrowed from the tax payers, it looks like the tea party members will have to join the democratic party.

    February 17, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. DJ

    Her idea of international experience would be becoming a contestant on the 'Amazing Race.'

    February 17, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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