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. Independent One

    They don't need to pick a party everyone knows they are repubs......Independents dont be tricked....I'm NOT!!!

    February 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. j

    She comes off sounding so very ignorant even when she's saying something that is probably true. On the other hand, I'd prefer the tea baggers stay independent.

    February 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Larry

    Only Rs or Ds huh? No room for anyone else huh? Ever? That's absurd. Sarah has officially joined the main-stream (MSM) – whose goal is to uphold and secure the "2-party" system for the betterment of a VERY select few.

    Tea Partiers don't want to just "pick" one or the other – that's the whole point Sarah. Duh!

    February 17, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. britto-fl

    By the way Palin – knock it off, not all independents are white sheep followers of yours. You have no clue!

    February 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    When Tea-Party supporters, and all conservatives, talk about smaller government, what do they plan to cut in large enough measure to make a difference? None of them have the guts to be specific; they are afraid to admit they have no plan.

    February 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Brian phoenix

    As an Independant voter the party of NO has shown me nothing. I will vote my conscience but right now unless the party of NO starts showing some ideas other than "cut taxes" you can guess where my vote is going...John McCain and Jon Kyle take notice

    February 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. W l Jones

    Do not drink to much of South america coffee"tea" it not good for you.

    February 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. the dude of truth

    how about the lunatic fringe party

    February 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    She's waning, folks. Lots of empty seats in Arkansas gathering.

    Pick a party with low taxes, no gov't. Unemployed pay NO taxes. Gov't fixes roads, puts out fires, runs EMS, and on and on. Do it, each and every one of you, on your own, with no one to help. Go ahead. Chicken?

    February 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Mike

    Register as a D or an R but vote for the conservative no matter the party. It will be difficult to find a conservative demorat because I do not believe they exist. After all the moderate demorats voted for nobamas tax and spend plans as well as his health care plan opposed by the vast majority of Americans.

    February 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. chris tx

    the Tea Party is NOT independant like they claim...

    Tea Party – per the last Opinion Research Corp. poll
    77% Conservative
    80% White
    87% Republican
    84% Christian

    In general, 20% of the US population call themselves Republican

    February 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Duht hey already have a party,its the gop.

    February 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Cyrus

    Ms. Palin...they don't need to pick a party. They ARE your party. Brain-dead, ill-informed, terrified, valueless voters with pitchforks, who roll up religion and pseudo-patriotism in their sleeves every morning and belittle the intellectual foundation and progressive movements that are the very essence of America.

    February 17, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Tommy

    I think what would be most surprising here is if anybody took her advice. And, if they did take her advice, would you feel comfortable voting for them?

    February 17, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Elliott

    Why do we have a two party system? There wasn't a two party system when our Founding Fathers were around. Any party should be fairly represented anytime. Forget this two party crap..

    February 17, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Mark T

    Gee, now which party would she prefer? Let's see – Tea Party posters with Obama portrayed as a clown, against any health bill, lots of old, white men (except Sarah) – my guess would be an 'R'!

    February 17, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. linda

    ..."intelligent thing to do"......................

    Idiot Palin does not have an intelligent string in her head!

    Why does CNN continue to give this wingnut press? CNN needs
    to address issues of importance, and leave the Palins of the world
    off your pages, please.

    February 17, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Doug,lib jersey

    America's best will have to once again side with the republicans, we can't support the true evil that is the Narcicrat.

    February 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Aaron

    Great Advice from a failed vice-presidential candidate who made a fool of herself and later abruptly quit the governorship of Alaska over ethics charges. The tea partiers do not represent the majority of Americans and will eventually implode and flame out. Having Sarah Palin as their leader and advisor will acelerate that process sooner than later. Third parties have had a dismal political history in terms of effectively winning voting majorities, getting power and sustaining that power. This trend is likely to continue.

    February 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Chandler

    The GOP talks about smaller spending, but deficit spending in the US has never been higher than under REAGAN and BUSH. Their thing is that they cut taxes, but they can't stop spending. They spend on foolish things, not on America's greatest needs like infrastructure and education. Under the GOP, our country falls to pieces and goes into debt at the same time.

    February 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Ryan

    Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    That's pretty much the only news that needs reporting and even still we don't need to hear what we already know.

    Her and her followers are like a big cult of stupidity.

    They have no idea how easily taken advantage of they are, and the GOP LOVES this. Only would the Teabaggers pay 549.00 to go to a convention to protest wasteful spending. Or scream about how American they are while defacing the flag to fashion themselves a "neat patriotic jacket!" – Or my personal favourite: SUPPORT PATRIOTISM WITH 'FREEDOM COFFEE' sold for 9.99 at the convention... completely unawares that it's made in Colombia.

    Of course, you weren't expecting them to know where Colombia was on a map were you?

    Can I start a party that's against wasteful intelligence & redneck inbreeding?

    February 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Kylene

    10 days ago happy to be revolutionary and now telling everyone to pick a party? she still can't keep a story straight – maybe she should write which party she likes on her hand with permanent marker

    February 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. badcyclist

    Are you implying that Sarah Palin's message is not consistent from one moment to the next? I am shocked. Shocked.

    February 17, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. IndyVoter

    This is good! Yes. Let the Tea Partiers align themselves with the Republicans, so that when election time comes we can remind America of all of the immature town-hall rants/disruptions, the distributed signs with President Obama with a bone through his nose dressed like a witch doctor, professionally printed signs that said, "Bury healthcare with Kennedy", and all other manner of misbehavior...yes, please, these are the people who the Republicans are aligning themselves with....On the other hand, our President has been hard at work saving our economy from certain disaster, cleaning up or finishing two wars and trying to put the US on a path toward energy independence and success instead of kicking all the hard/politically unpopular work down the road to someone else's administration.....CHOOSE WISELY America!

    February 17, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. jerseylou

    What,the shooten,hooten, tooten ,pooten palen speaks out of her butt again.Every body on the Planet Earth already know their repubicans who want more attention to distract the current administration.So palin stop pushing out those whoppers and being the booty hole stopper you are.

    February 17, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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