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. Bear

    I like Sarah Palin and don't understand the ignorant abuse she gets from the Left. Especially, when they challenge her intelligence. It's just plain childish epicaricacy. But, this time, I have to question if she understands the Tea Party movement.

    The Tea Party is party agnostic. They do not have to pick a side. That is how the D's and R's have played this country for years. We do have more than 2 parties but they don't get equal press because the press does not get paid by them. Libertarian, Green, Independents and other parties cannot get fair treatment in our current 2 party oligopoly and it was just made harder with the Supreme Court decision last month. It's big business to maintain the status quo. Just look how much ACORN got from the ruling party this year even after all the illegal activities were exposed last year.

    February 17, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I thought the picture was of Che, but it was Sarah. Quite similar in their revolution ideas, though.

    February 17, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Elaine

    It's time for a third, and fourth, party. We are getting nothing done with a two party system any longer.

    February 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Oompa Loompa

    Sorry Sarah, you're absolutely WRONG on this issue. If neither party represents the values I want in Congress then I vote for the individual candidate that represents those values regardless of party affiliation. It is about actions and integrity, not political extensions of college fraternities or "good old boy" networks. I've seen too much of that in the past 20 years. All incumbents need to go so we can start anew.

    February 17, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. David R. Scott

    The tea party have enough brains to pick their noses but not enough to pick a party. Losers all. Palin is a lone she dog who has no credentials
    to be anything other than a distraction. She is a useless loner who is trying to stay afloat after she QUIT her job as Governor . No balls to stick it out.
    A typical rip-publican.

    February 17, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. John Williams

    Who is she to advise anyone?
    Sicko numbskill.

    February 17, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. David R. Scott

    Sarah, lets go kill a bull moose together. Then I can run for President also.

    February 17, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Bob R., Lanham, Maryland

    There was good reason for John McCain's team, Wallace, Schmidt, Davis, and Salter, to discuss the mental stablility of Sarah Palin. (REF page 491 of "Game Change.") Clearly, she's nuts..

    February 17, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. wlou437

    It would appear that most in the so-called Tea Party movement are independents unhappy with both parties, or disappointed Republicans. Why would you join with a party that you are convinced is not working to solve the countries problems, Democratic or Republican? Such voters just need to find candidates in their area that they agree with on most issues of concern, and support them in the coming election, whether they are R or D.

    February 17, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Scott B

    haha and what a "revolution" it will be once teapartiers conform to the existing two party system, right?

    WHAT A JOKE SARAH PALIN IS! Sorry for using all caps, but seriously, she's ridiculous

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Let me tell you why I think this is true:

    1. 3rd parties are just not viable in this country!
    2. Any 3rd party will just split the conservative vote and the Dem candidate will slide thriough the back door!

    Tea partiers need to carefully think this through. Palin is correct.

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. mjm

    She is right. The Tea Party movement is full of conservative Democrats and Republicans. People who believe as Tea Partiers' do need to pick a conservative Democrat or Republican to vote for in the future. That means no more liberals like Obama OR RINOs like McCain. We need more Reagan OR JFK's to lead this nation

    Third party candidates do not stand a chance of winning.....ever.

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Turner In Washington

    Sarah has a bit of a dliemna to deal with. She fed this right wing radical monster tea bag and now it is about to consume her ex-running mate John McCain. This should be fun to watch.

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Does she realize that she comes across very hypocritical?

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. David, CA

    SP contradicting herself yet again.
    Which way is the wind blowing today?

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. David R. Scott

    The little pinky in the photo.... Is that your IQ or are you referring to your hand for more crib notes. Gotta love her ignorance.

    February 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. CHIPS

    For the life of me. Why do anyone listen to this idiot. She supposed to be so concern about her child. But if you notice in the picture it is snowing. She have on a hat and she didn't put one on her child. Any good mother would have taken their hat off just to cover their child's head. What an idiot.

    February 17, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Jeffrey Root

    Pick a party? I thought they were the "Tea" party. Don't go republican or democrat!!!

    February 17, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Josh

    TeaParty types are closeted Republicans shamed by Bush, nothing more.

    February 17, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Gosh. She's still a nitwit. Who would have guessed?

    February 17, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Traj

    There she go, talking out the side of her mouth again.. Two weeks ago, America was ready for a new revolution, not a certain party. Now she tells them to pick a party.. How can anyone seriously follow this lady.. I can't decipher what she really stands for.. but I love that hat...

    February 17, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. shucks

    Sorry, but if the "independents" at these tea party events aren't republicans already, then they are independent white christian racists. Have you seen the pictures of these people? Scary!

    February 17, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. justsane

    "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..."I guess?"... "Kind of start?" ... Don't hurt yourself committing to an idea, Sarah.

    She doesn't even understand the basic philosophy of the group that paid her $100,000 for a speech last week. They are angry at BOTH parties, and they want to force change. They don't need to "pick a party" to do that... Just when you think she can't say anything more idiotic, she comes up with a topper!

    February 17, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. third party

    I wonder which one. hmmmmm.... You know... they are so main stream and centrist. (please re-read with my intended sarcasm).

    February 17, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. jaime S

    Does anybody really care what sarah palin thinks?

    February 17, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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