February 17th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
4 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. Val

    You betcha Palin. SHE cant even keep her thoughts straight.

    February 17, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Why does CNN refer to the convention as the "so-called" convention? What does CNN think it was lacking in the convention department?

    February 17, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Phil S

    Yes, time to end the facade that it is an independent movement.

    February 17, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Dave

    Palin is 100% correct. The democrats would salivate at the idea of a 3rd party. The republican party's platform IS smaller gov't and individual liberty, as opposed to the democrat party, which is shrouded in entitlements and nanny-state ideologies.

    February 17, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. CF

    That had looks like the one Castro wears. What does this say about our Ms. Palin? Who's side is she *really* on?

    February 17, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. AJ

    GIANT FARCE- there were never any "indpendent Tea Partiers". This has been a far right conservative reactionary movement since day 1... or the day Obama got elected- so lets stop pretending. For 8 years, GW Bush turned a budget surplus into a deficit, signed the bank bailout, watched the dollar dwindle, mortgage market collapse, give reckless tax cuts while the Iraq war "was not paying for itself" and essentially run up the biggest budget deficit ever at the time.
    Not a Tea Partier to be found.... the day Obama won election, here they come.
    TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVES- FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE SINCE 2009

    February 17, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Tracy

    No – don't listen to Sarah. And I generally accept everything she says as truth, but this time she's wrong. Tea Party needs to start it's own party! Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans reflect Tea Party values – the Tea Party needs to stand by itself like it did before the Revolution.

    February 17, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. DJ in TX

    More evidence she does not have a clue. Didn't the tea party just meet with Michael Steele asking the GOP to stay out of local elections? Aren't the tea partiers upset with some in the GOP as well.

    How can she now tell them they need to join an established party. BTW – the GOP ONLY until now is for small government as they grew the government larger than any time previuos to their reign.........

    February 17, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. tom koch

    sarah palin should have been a blonde

    February 17, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. shadysider

    If the Republican Party was serious about fiscal responsibility they would have elected Ron Paul as their candidate. Now they have a nobody calling for fiscal responsibility after they banned its' champion from their last national convention.

    February 17, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Richie

    What an idiot. Oh, how redundant of me. What? An idiot?

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

    you think with a moron like this republicans are going to get any respect? not a chance! she will be a puppet to those who really control the white house behind closed doors!

    February 17, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Eimerd

    Smaller and smarter government?
    Was she around when Bush was in charge?
    Does she realize it means she cannot charge all the family expenses
    to the government anymore?

    February 17, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Tam

    And people will take advice from her because.....?

    February 17, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Ben in Texas

    So-called conservatives are always claiming that they are the ones supporting the Constitution, a document produced by a group of radical leftists. It certainly wasn't a conservative position in the colonies to oppose the King and Britain or to propose giving citizens the right to vote for their government. That's a very liberal position.

    And today, when conservatives tout the Constitution, they do so without seeing the irony in calling for justice, but not applying that justice to the crimes of Bush/Cheney. They call for limited government, freedom of religion and individual freedom, without acknowledging their intent to make medical choices for women. They praise individual liberty, but they supported Bush/Cheney invasions of privacy and lack of due process. They want to promote freedom in the world, but they support American invasions and occupations of foreign countries, the aims of which are transparently the enrichment of corporate coffers.

    Conservatives only give lip service to the Constitution. They invoke it in order to enslave America.

    February 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Is she serious?

    yes, America is ready for another revolution... but that wont happen until the Republicans can grow up from the ancient world they live in....

    February 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Truth Teller

    Palin tells tea party'ers to pick a party, but then she blasts dems everytime she opens her mouth. Being that TP'rs do everything they are told, what party do you think they are going to pick?

    February 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. mike jedlicka

    god help us

    February 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    More demands from the RINO ice princess. What a waste!

    February 17, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Words of wisdom from the woman who destroyed the GOP!!!!!

    February 17, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. T Cruz

    Pick the Republicans. Us Democrats don't want you!!

    February 17, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This lady wants people to take back anything said in jest about her or her family well when your in politics or in the nations eyes that just dont happen this lady dosnt have the right stuff to be a politician she is offended by anything anyone says she needs to grow up and take the punches instead of crying to the public and asking for retributions .

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

    Sarah, You go back to Alaska where you are belonged to!!! You are a twisted lady!

    February 17, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. dj

    "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,

    NEED I SAY MORE!

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

    I hope this woman gets the Republican nomination in 2012. No one has been able to personify idiocy quite like Sarah Palin.

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