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. Trashcup

    What a dingbat.

    Does her family ever stay home and go to school, etc. or are they constantly by her side wherever she shows up? Todd is in this picture, so where are her other kids? What kind of family life is that?

    February 17, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. mike

    there goes the grass roots movement you uneducated so call
    independent fools HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA take the teabag
    and stick it were the sun doesn't shine on it and see if you can grow
    your tea there

    February 17, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. no2gop

    Sarah has her marxist hat on and is channeling Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Arkansas...

    February 17, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Cruzan Obama Mama

    How long will it take for Americans to notice that this woman is just mentally unstable? She is making us the laughing stock of the world.

    I'm a college educated working mother and I just don't get this woman's popularity. She is part of the dumbing down movement that has seem to have taken over the US that is mind boggling to me. When did working hard and getting a good education become a bad thing. It is time for us, Americans, to demand that our leaders be people that are well rounded, EDUCATED individuals that actually know what they are talking about. Example...They should be able to tell us what newspaper they read...Is this too much to ask?

    February 17, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. bj, Texas

    Liberal: Oh goody CNN, my favorite, another Sarah Palin article on your Ticker where I can post my trash talk. I don't know what else is going on in the world but I love my Sarah Palin articles. Oops, mailman is here, I have to run out to the mailbox and get my welfare check.

    February 17, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. RTB

    Where did this woman learn to speak english?

    Are Air Heads allowed to vote?

    February 17, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Justin

    Funny, I thought the Republican party wasn"t trying to take over the tea party movement.....

    February 17, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Missy B.

    Wait a second......isn't Independent it's own party?

    I wonder how much she would support them if "D" was the party they best felt fit them.

    Then again, wouldn't they have chosen to R or D to begin with if they felt they belonged there?

    February 17, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. arlo bill

    she's right, america is ready for a revolution....
    but the tea partiers aren't the ones that will bring it...
    and it won't be the republicans or democrats either...it has to start with real people, those who are far below middle class,
    who are fed up with political nonsense and 1984-esque drivel falling from the mouths of pawns like palin – it will be led by those who realize the inescapable importance of revitalizing small local economies, small sustainable farms, and building communities that are guided by direct democracy! and it definitely won't be televized.

    February 17, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Kevin

    If anything, the Libertarian party best represents the Tea Partiers. Why doesn't Ms. Palin consider that an option? Both of the large parties, Republicans and Democrats, are in favor of larger government, increased government spending, and fewer individual freedoms. The Libertarians, however, are TRULY in favor of smaller government, drastically reduced spending, and a return of our constitutional rights.

    February 17, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. the southern progressive name greg

    no suprise here,, and lets be honest, since she wont. she is not saying to pick a party, either R or D. we all know she is saying pick R.

    so much for her kind of "change" and the tea party movement. looks like its politics as usual for the politicians involved in the tea party movement. Palin doesnt want the blame for ripping the republican party apart.. she still thinks they will nominate her for president in 2012..lol

    February 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. CR

    How ridiculous. The "Tea Party" loud-mouths already are Republicans. They're just sore loser types who can't come to terms with the nation electing a non-Caucasian.

    February 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. get real

    This lady needs a larger cross necklace.

    February 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. christine

    Why don't this women stop roaming the country and go take some english classes. She is either a hillbilly or just never learned proper english. She is getting on my last nerve, both her and Joe. Let your daughter speak for you.

    February 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Damien

    Palin is "I guess, kind of " an idiot.

    February 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Jamie

    I sincerely doubt Palin could even pass a 7th grade English test based on the way she tries to explain things. She also flip-flops more than any politician I've seen in a while (I'm looking at you Kerry), and that's saying something. My biggest worry with Palin being on this political trail is not knowing who is left in Alaska to protect us from the Russians.

    February 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Me

    Not at all surprised.....sooner or later the RNC was gonna produce a receipt to show ownership of the tea party. I'm now sick of the so called Tea Party being hijacked by the RNC. If we fall in line with the RNC then we'll have to start allowing other races in our politics.

    February 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Jay

    There is no difference between the GOP and the Dem parties.
    Both spend too much and get nothing done. It's time for a new party, but the "Tea Party" lost any support from me when they paid Palin $100k her pathetic speech. Hopefully Ron Paul will run again for pres or form the Liberty party.

    February 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Jean

    I don't get this: Why would the teapaggers pick a party? I thought they wanted to be Independent of any of the other two parties and that's why they formed. How would they be an independent voice if they join one of the other parties?

    February 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Dino

    Never mind a political party to pick, how about Sarah choosing which language to speak...english or spenglish...please!

    February 17, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. RA

    I can't believe people still even listen to a word this woman says. She wrote crib notes on her hands people! Hello... she's a twit!

    February 17, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. LouAz

    "R or D" ? Guess Republican or Democrat was too long to write on her hand. Probably did not know how to spell either one either. This half Governor giving advice ? Glad she is finally figuring out that this political stuff is not a Beauty Pagent. What a gal !

    February 17, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Rob Johnson

    I thought the Tea Party Movement was a genuine, grassroots, bipartisan movement, not just a tool of the Republicans?

    So much for that idea. I'm surprised that anybody bought that line of nonsense for this long.

    The whole Tea Party "phenomenon" is of, by and for the GOP.

    February 17, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Jim

    Ex. Gov. Palin will go down in history as one of the principal ideological critics and political hypocrites of Pres. Obama's era.

    She can be compared to such critics of F.D. Roosevelt's New Deal as Sen. Robert Taft, Charles Lindberg, novelist Ayn Rand, and Father Charles Coughlin (the "radio priest').

    Such critics, then and now, all play a divisive role in American politics, but contribute little or nothing to solving our nation's problems.

    February 17, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Arlingnne

    ja ja ja "Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are". M. McG.

    February 17, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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